Jenny Hsu’s ‘Piqnique’ concept came in first place in Parsons and Poltrona Frau’s “Wasteless” design competition.
Luxury home furnishings company Poltrona Frau and Parsons The New School for Design have announced the winning designs of the “Wasteless” competition, exhibited during New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Fifteen product design students spent seven weeks under the direction of designer Andrea Ruggiero converting left-over scraps of Poltrona Frau leather into luxury accessories.
The competition aimed to maximize the potential of this material and emphasize the company’s Zero-Waste Design initiatives. The students presented their concepts to a panel of judges and Jenny Hsu was awarded first place for ‘Piqnique’, a woven case for meals on the go that doubles as a placemat. The durable and function item can be used in the home or on the go. The placemat has slots in it to fit cutlery and can roll up and be secured with a strap to transport the whole set.
All of the student designs were displayed at the Poltrona Frau showroom in Soho during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The winning designers will visit the Poltrona Frau factory in Italy this summer to work with the master craftsmen and fabricate prototypes.