Dezeen’s top ten: student projects



Dezeen's top ten: this month's top ten features the most popular stories about student work that have been on Dezeen. In first place is SkipWaste by Goldsmiths University graduate Oliver Bishop-Young (above), a project presented at New Designers in London in July and which involved converting empty skips into public spaces such as skate parks, swimming pools and gardens.


2: Another project shown at New Designers this year: Book Vases by Laura Cahill are made from discarded books attached to test tubes.


3: We spotted Yarn from old newspapers by Greetje van Tiem at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show in 2007. A graduate from the academy’s Man and Leisure department, van Tiem turns old newspapers into yarn that can be woven into carpets, curtains and upholstery.


4. At the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design degree show earlier this year graduate Kacper Hamilton presented Seven Deadly Glasses, a set of seven wine glasses inspired by the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath (above), envy and pride.


5. Asemic Scapes - Rehabilitation Center Rainberg is a concept for a medical rehabilitation centre in the Austrian Alps designed by architecture gradute Sarah Schneider as her Diploma project at Studio Lynn, an architecture course run by American architect Greg Lynn at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.


6. Limited Edition Design Dolls by Olivia Lee is a series of three figurines of famous designers, featuring Zaha Hadid (above), Jaime Hayon and Karim Rashid. Lee graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London this summer.


7. Tableware by Kathryn Hinton, displayed at the Royal College of Art Show One in London earlier this year.


8. Type the Sky by Lisa Rienermann is an alphabet formed of shapes buildings make against the sky when photographed from below. The alphabet was created by Rienermann while studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


9. Swedish automotive design graduate Jon Rådbrink presented a concept for a catamaran-shaped car called Lexus Nuaero at the Royal College of Art graduation Show Two in London in July this year.

10. More from the Royal College of Art: Asimov’s First Law scales by Alice Wang - a range of weighing scales that allow you to deceive yourself about your weight - were on show at the Work in Progress show in February.

That’s it for now; another top ten next month.

See also:

Most popular stories during our first twelve months
Top ten Dezeen stories from December 2007
Dezeen’s top ten skyscrapers (February 2008)
Dezeen’s top ten: houses (March 2008)
Dezeen’s top ten: Milan 2008 (April 2008)
Dezeen’s top ten: stories with most comments (June 2008)
Dezeen's top ten: interiors (August 2008)

Posted on Thursday September 25th 2008 at 6:20 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • dinosaur

    Are you kidding? Where is Studio 804 on this list?

  • bald skull

    that lexus is really not worthy.

  • monsieur!

    are the dezeen editors ex royal college of art>?

  • Pin

    The Zaha Doll has got the designer in a realm of trouble. A cease and desist order from Zaha’s lawyers.
    Note to self: Must sue everyone who has ever taken a photo, drawn a picture of me or even had the audacity to utter my name.

  • zana

    seems pretty crazy to me that SkipWaste was able to take out first prize despite its extreme similarity with the past work of Santiago Cirugeda- thus leaving the work lacking in originality… This work goes into more depth and is playful- which is good, however i believe the work by Santiago Cirugeda is more interesting conceptually and politically.

  • I think there’s some very interesting stuff on this list – wine glasses inspired by the seven deadly sins is a great concept and I love the rehabilitation center. The book vases are lovely to look at but I think the newspaper yarn has more practical applications and is a better way of recycling the relevant product.. My favourite though is the alphabet through photos of the sky, very well done!

  • It is literally unbeleivable to think that those 10 projects are considered the “10 best student projects” for this year. They are on the whole shallow, pointless and without regard for the greater need for design today. A doll of Zaha Hadid? are you serious? Firstly… remember the Ron Arad action figure… much better. Secondly… there must have been genuine problems solved by students this year, and their precious and worthy headlines get swallowed by things like this. Thirdly… a personal gripe, but do Karim Rashid and Zaha etc not strive for enough attention without people making dolls in their image (thou shalt not worship false idols!).

    Turning skips into pools etc is a really nice idea, but its not like there is an abundance of skips littering our street corners, desperatle needing recycling.

    A couple of nice concepts that make for interesting reading, but come on Dezeen… this is a very poor list, and its almost as if you just featured the first 10 people to email you after New Designers. Give us some substance!

  • tom

    Harry you have completely missed the point of the dolls, well done.

  • carla

    My project was better than this.

  • yamen ozone

    it is biutifull

  • Thank you for your help!

  • Until learning stops we all remain students…Nice work to those listed.

  • jeff

    If your one choice of architectural design work to make it into the top ten is that rehabilitation center you clearly are not looking at student architectural work very critically.

  • Renwick C

    That Zaha’s model is CUTE!!

  • james

    To James, please justify your statement as to what is wrong with the project… as a simple statement like that is worth next to nothing…