Pols potten prize 2011
“Pols potten is always on the lookout for new additions to its collection of straightforward designs with a twist. The brand believes in the newness and freshness of young designers and wants to participate in stimulating the development of the next generation of talent. As a result of its point of view, Pols potten and Gerrit Rietveld academy joined forces in a contest for students of the Ceramics and Design Lab department. The challenge was to develop a clear, surprising design made of porcelain, which can be produced and merchandised.
The students embarked on an adventure, travelling to Jingdezhen, a renowned district in China, which has been producing porcelain for 1700 years. Once in Jingdezhen, they only had 9 days to develop their designs. The project enabled them to combine their creativity and practical insight, at a fastforward tempo!
The results are truly amazing and diverse, clearly showing the quality and the originality of the next generation of Dutch Design. To share the designs on a broader scale, Pols potten investigates production possibilities for the winning design as well as for the runner up.
Winner 2011 – Josha Roymans – ’You-horn’
‘I made an analogue porcelain music amplifier with sculptural qualities for my iPhone. Therefore, it is a powerless speaker for a portable music device, but at the same time an aesthetically pleasing object without the iPhone’, says designer Josha Roymans.
His background as audio engineer inspired this project. While waiting to check in for his trip to China at the Amsterdam airport, , the idea of the ‘Youhorn’ was conceived. During the process, the elephant’s trunk-like opening took shape, underlining the difference in appearance between the modern “iPhone” and the ’You-horn’ even more.
The jury especially appreciated the contrast between the sleek design of the iPhone and the rough, organic appearance of the ’You-horn’. The design surprises and makes you reflect on the past and the future. It’s a meeting of two extreme worlds, with a real functionality. The ’You-horn’ embodies what pols potten is all about; adding spice to your life. And the impressive sound that it produces is environmentally friendly in more ways than one!”