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British textile designer wins Time To Design 2012 award

The winner of Time to Design 2012 was announced on August 29th at the Danish Art Workshops. The winning project was selected among project proposals submitted by designers from 57 countries all over the world. The British designer Catherine Aitken, 29, was granted winner with the project  “FADE”. She graduated from Royal College of Art in London in 2011 and today she has her own design studio.



Previous to winning Time to Design, Catherine completed an Erasmus exchange at The School of Design in Copenhagen.  She commented, “I found Denmark rewarding both on a personal and professional level. I am well aware of what the country can offer and the opportunity to return seems fitting”…“Furthermore, Denmark’s design industry is well established and there are a number of companies based in Denmark that I am keen to engage with including of course Normann Copenhagen.”

“Both aesthetically and philosophically I see a connection between my work and some of the work presently coming from Denmark. I am always impressed by the quality of execution and finish we see in Danish design, the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

The guest members of the 2012 jury included, Anders Byriel, CEO Kvadrat, David Carlson, design entrepreneur, and Mads Quistgaard, design director Kontrapunkt. Further jury members are representatives from the partners of the award.

Time to design was established in 2008 and is an international talent award focusing on the needs of young design talents in the beginning of their careers. The award was established to create a unique platform for young design talents within the design industry – a platform that can contribute to the winner’s future professional career.  The winner is granted with three months residency at the Danish Art Workshops, 50.000 DKK donated by the Danish Ass. of Wood and Furniture Industries, career coaching by OeO, communications coaching by The Danish Architectural Press, and a two week exhibition period in Normann Copenhagen Flagship Store (Nov. 22 – Dec. 6 2012).





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