Award 2016

Birgit Severin



Flowers are symbols of beauty and youth. At the same time, in their decay they become reminders of life’s brevity and the inevitability of death. The expressive power of withering was commonly used to represent the idea of vanitas in art, particularly in seventeenth-century Flemish painting. Ashes is a series of rubber vases that reinterprets this concept in sculptural everyday objects, acknowledging both beauty and transience of life. Each vase is a unique object and utilises 3D printing and rubber rotation casting, thus combining the latest production techniques with craft.

3rd prize (Product Designs)



Birgit Severin is a Berlin-based designer with a background in psychology. She studied Cognitive Neuroscience in Maastricht and from 2011 to 2013 Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Her work investigates how things acquire meaning by being involved in personal narratives or reflecting universal themes such as transformation, identification and belonging.