Designer Joachim Froment has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Rado Star Prize UK for his 0.6 Chair concept.
Announced as the winner at the Design Junction trade fair, Froment's design is a dining chair made from wood veneer and carbon fibre with an overall thickness of 0.6cm. The chair is made using a mould in two parts to reduce manufacturing time and the amount of material required.
The Rado Star Prize is a competition designed to support young designers by giving them a platform for their work. The UK edition was judged by designer Konstantin Grcic, journalist Corinne Julius, Rado's Hakim El Kadiri, journalist Katrina Burroughs and Design Junction event director Will Sorrell.
Froment is a design product student from RCA, and will receive £5,000 and a Rado Ceramica watch as a prize. The 0.6 Chair was selected from a shortlist of ten designs, all of which were devised in response to the theme "Design Meets Time".
“A forward-thinking and pioneering approach to materials and design is a fundamental part of the Rado brand DNA," said Matthias Breschan, Rado's CEO. "We were impressed with how Joachim's project combined striking design with an innovative and eco-friendly manufacturing concept."