DULLES, VA. — Eight student designs won gold honors in the 2012 International Design Excellence Awards, organized by Industrial Designers Society of America in Dulles.
Two projects featured silicone innovations.
Kimberly Chow of Orange County, Calif., a sixth-term student at the Art Center College, won for the Balde a Balde portable faucet, which can deliver water from any container through a polyethylene tube.
A universal ABS clip attaches the unit to a container. A squeeze of a rubber bulb on the siphon pump initiates a continuous flow of water.
Tapping the spout turns the flow on or off, and twisting the polypropylene valve with its silicone seal and steel ball stopper regulates water volume. Balde a Balde, Spanish for “bucket to bucket,” harnesses gravity to potentially bring running water to billions of people living without taps.
Taiwanese students Sheng-Hung Lee of Taipei and Yu-Lin Chen of Tainan won for a family first-aid nursing kit of acrylic, ABS and silicone.
Components include scissors of ABS and stainless steel, an ABS tape dispenser, tweezers of ABS and polypropylene and medicine bottle caps of acrylic and silicone.
The kit is designed to blend into its surroundings. Typically, members of a Taiwanese family are not familiar with the concept of a first-aid kit.
The students developed the project at the National Cheng Kung University. Chen received his industrial design degree in 2010 and works at New Design Dimension in Tainan. Lee is pursuing a degree in industrial design and electrical engineering and is scheduled to graduate in 2013.
IDSA presented the 2012 IDEA awards in August ceremony during the society's conference in Boston.
The society started the IDEA program in 1980. Entries for the 2012 competition came from 30 countries.