Winners of Coffee Mania Model Young Package 2018
For over twenty years, the Young Package has been motivating young designers to design imaginative environmental packaging. This year’s competition brought some news and a hot topic: Coffee Mania! It has traditionally competed in two categories: college and high school, with the main category being opened to designers over thirty years of age this year. The competition has the new name “Model Young Package” and the winner has tripled!
Save the ocean! Main prize
The most striking design of the competition is the set of compostable coffee capsules from Veronika Janečková from the Czech Republic. Disposable capsules for coffee machines are a huge burden for the environment, because of the proportion of plastic and aluminum they are very poorly recyclable. The author comes up with a solution of 100% recyclable compostable capsules that are made from kitchen waste converted into a new bioplastic-like material. Its basic building element is recycled pulp, supplemented with various binders such as coffee grounds. The ingredients for making capsules are chosen to be safely thrown into compost. The jury awarded Veronica Janečková the main prize for a “visionary ecological approach”, as well as a capped sample of the capsules.
2nd place and Innovation Center Award
With an innovative idea, Chia Chun Chuang and Pei Chun Hsueh (Taiwan) have come up with their design of full-length coffee cups. They respond to the fact that the “paper” crucibles are often equipped with an impermeable plastic layer and a plastic lid, and thus pose a similar burden to the environment as plastic crucibles, and the team came up with a solution to produce 100% recyclable paper cups, including a watertight lid. up to “fascinating product simplicity” and easy manipulation, and the winner is also given the opportunity to take a paid internship at Model Obaly’s Innovation Center, which organizes the competition.
3rd place in the category of Universities & Designers
Karol Krčmár from Slovakia has designed another product, which is usually made of plastic – the coffee cup tray. His design, made from KRAFT paperboard, was jury, especially with “simplicity, grace and ease of manipulation”. Its tray is easy and fast to fold from the original flat roll onto the tray with four holes for coffee cups and back again. The jury liked that the designer, defining how the paper behaves beautifully as a material, is soft at a certain stage, and by simply bending it becomes rigid construction material to support the function that is given to it. ”
2nd place in the category of Highschools
At the beginning of this category, it should be noted that the first place was not awarded this year (on the grounds that the submitted work did not reach the required level by its quality). However, this does not mean that interesting ideas have not appeared between the entries. Lucia Šuliková from the Czech Republic won 2nd prize for designing a gift set for coffee from different parts of the world. Six boxes in one package each containing 250 g of select coffee beans.
3rd place in the category of Highschools
Third place was won by Alžbeta Putnoky from Slovakia for a fun graphic design of coffee bags. Using finely-structured paper and tracing paper, she created a series of packages whose central theme is sheep and a funny quotation of the “Let’s See You Evening” or “Your Sheep Drink With You”. The message is clear: if you get over with the coffee, the sheep will count it in the evening!
The special award of CZECHDESIGN, which co-organizes the competition, was won by Marcin M. Kumorek from Poland for an exclusive range of coffee packages. Different colors and window shapes divide two types of coffee – Robusta and Arabica. The package is ergonomically adapted for holding in one hand. Thanks to the sophisticated shape and holes at the top of the product, the packaging can be presented on both the counter, the stand and the wall. The product was particularly interested in “constructive playfulness and precision, which is not so innovative but purely processed”. Jan Činčera adds: “The proposal can show how each job should be approached – ie. to re-shape and work with the material unimpeded, rejoicing in the fact that the bending of the paper creates a spatial shape. The combination of a sharp line with a soft one results in a crystal-clear package. ”
Jury Chairmen Prize
Petr Matoušů from the Czech Republic won the special prize of the jury chairman, who in his work tackles the problem of storing coffee filters. A simple paper wrapper, essentially copying the shape of the filter, is designed so that the top of the package can be used as its stand.
Special prize of the jury chairman, design: Petr Matoušů, photo: Tomáš Polák
The Model Young Package has entered 948 competitors from 61 countries this year. The exhibition of the 50 most successful works of the competition will be seen in the Czechdesign gallery until October 4, 2018. The winners of the competition were announced on September 24, 2018 at the Center of Architecture and Urban Planning – CAMP. Part of the ceremony will also reveal the theme and the visual of the next year of the competition.