Parson’s student Carlos Ng created items that fit together and come apart using magnetic pieces.

Earlier this month, New York design school Parson’s The New School of Design and Brooklyn-based producer of functional and unusual everyday objects Areaware announced the winners of their collaborative design competition at annual design show Wanted Design.

For the competition, students were asked to design objects that were reasonably-priced and would fit in with Areaware’s line of products. The young designers were also tasked to name a charity that would benefit from the sale of the objects.

Design student Carlos Ng bagged the grand prize with his Little Architect Toolset. The design student’s project is a set of colorful modular architect’s tools that are magnetic and comes apart like a puzzle. Each wooden piece is designed to be interchangeable and can be combined to create brand new tools.


According to Ng’s product description the Little Architect Toolset was “inspired by young architects who have a dream to one day design and build the world’s most amazing building.”

The Little Architect’s Toolset includes wooden rulers and protractors and comes in bright colors. The toolset will now be put into production by Areaware and will be available for purchase from the website. Carlos Ng will receive a $1,000 advance on his royalties, and a part of the sales of the toolset will go to Architecture for Humanity, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on rebuilding areas that are affected from natural disasters or dilapidated building structures.

In a press release, class’ principal instructor, Parsons professor Daniel Michalik said,

I’m so impressed with the quality of work these students did such a short time. Having a really clear mission from a great partner like Areaware really set them loose, and allowed them to devise simple, creative solutions.

It was the first Parson’s and Areaware collaborative design competition. Second place went to Whan Choi’s Night Guardian Light, a wooden nightlight with a set of interchangeable leather “masks” that cover the light. Third place resulted in a tie between Sam Falco’s Bottleaxe, bottle openers that are shaped like laser-cut steel miniature axes, and Akita Sen’s Critter Clips, playful wooden animal-shaped clothespins.


The New School

[h/t] Moco

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