Eindhoven – Emerging designer Lilian van Daal’s 3D-printed soft seat was announced as the winner of Volvo’s Design Challenge 2015.
After a rigorous judging process, presided over by Dutch design duo Van Eijk and Van der Lubbe, Lilian van Daal’s 3D-printed soft seat was chosen as the winner, which uses biomimicry and 3D printing to create one solid piece made from sustainable and recyclable material and finished with pine wood.
‘The choice was not easy,’ explains Van Eijk. ‘Lilian van Daal’s concept speaks of the future, but also has a clear connection to the brand. The work is innovative, aesthetically pleasing and offers good prospects for the industry.’
Van Daal beat strong competition for the £7,335 ($11,355, €10,000) grant from designers Borre Akkersdijk, whose concept Surface for Service imagined how interactive materials could make the interior more responsive; Bob Schiller’s Volvo Black Box, a tough carbon fibre rechargeable briefcase; and Jólan van der Wiel’s stunning wheel design, which explores the influence of aerodynamics and gravity on the performance of the vehicle.