Great design isn’t just about looking pretty – it’s about helping to solve the challenges we encounter on a daily basis. For the IKEA Southeast Asia Young Designer Awards (YDA) 2021, the challenge issued to the participants this year centred on the topic of food waste and sustainability.
The competition saw over a hundred submissions, from which the top 15 finalists were selected. The various teams addressed the topic with ideas such as recycled food packaging, gamifying meal planning, and compact compost bins – most aiming to avoid food waste by reducing consumption or recycling it.
The top three entries stood to win cash prizes, admission to the Reactor Alumni Network for a three-month entrepreneurial development programme, and direct admission to the upcoming season of the Youth Action Challenge organised by the National Youth Council.
But all the finalists deserved merit, says Corrina Schuler, Director of Sustainability at IKEA. “There were a lot of ideas that we loved, and we hope you will continue to explore the ideas,” she said, as she addressed all the teams at the award ceremony held over Zoom.
There’s another category you can personally vote for: The People’s Choice Award. As the teams’ projects will be on display in a two-week physical exhibition held at One Tampines Hub from 17 to 25 July, you’ll be able to view them in person and cast your vote.
Check out the winning entries below.