The most innovative car seats announced
Three novel concepts relating to the clever utilization of BASF materials greatly impressed the panel of experts. "Song Wei Teo's extraordinary design of a car seat made in just a single piece using lightweight materials won us over," stated the jury in explaining its choice of the winning entry. Aside from receiving the trophy created by staff of the designfabrik, the global winner was awarded a prize money of 6000 euros. The two further winners received 3000 euros each. In view of the large number of creative and professional entries, the jury decided to additionally give three special mentions in the categories "material utilization", "color and trim" and "visualization". "The three concepts highlight these specific design elements in a particularly original manner," said the jury in praise of the winners Christian Delise (Japan), Hyejin Park and Minuk You (USA) as well as David Panzeri (Italy), each of whom received 1000 euros.
When this international contest was announced in September of 2012, designers from all over the world were called upon to develop car seats with an eye towards such aspects as comfort, ergonomics, safety and weight. "We will manufacture prototypes of the three main winning concepts and present them to our customers as well as to other interested parties at various events," explains Eva Höfli, BASF designer and contest coordinator.