NEW YORK–The laser-cut Clutch Clip won top prize for student Jeff Rubio in the seventh annual Umbra | Pratt Design Competition, which took place recently during the Pratt Show, a juried show of the work of graduating seniors. Rubio received $500 and a $500 Umbra gift certificate for first place. Second place — and $350 and a $350 Umbra gift certificate—went to Sierra Yip-Bannicq for her T-Cup, a ceramic mug that has an indentation for the tea bag tag. Third place went to Jennifer Gillespie for her Fallman Hooks, for use in the bathroom, and she received $200 and a $200 gift certificate.
The winning students will now work with Umbra’s team to create a prototype. If a design is manufactured, it will appear in Umbra’s catalog and earn royalties for the student designer and Pratt Institute. Past winning student designs, such as Talk Bulletin Board, the Conceal Shelf and the Wishbone Soap Dish, are among Umbra’s top-selling products. More than 40 students submitted designs for this year’s competition.
“The annual competition sponsored by Umbra provides an invaluable educational experience for Pratt’s industrial design students to develop their skills as designers, to work with a distinguished client, and to see the possibility of their designs going into production,” said Concetta Stewart, dean of Pratt’s School of Art and Design. “We appreciate that Umbra has afforded our students this great opportunity for seven years. We look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.”