In her MA thesis Kadi Adrikorn researched how headwear contributes to the wearer's self-image and what impact it has on the wearer and others in social situations
This year the Applied Research and Development Projects Competition of Estonian Academy of Arts received five competition entries – two from the Faculty of Architecture and three from the Faculty of Design.
The winners were selected by a jury comprised of Sille Pihlak (Faculty of Architecture), Katrin Kabun (Faculty of Design), Jaanus Vahesalu (Tallinn City Enterprise Department), Sven Idarand (Department of Research and Development) and Anna Lindpere (Communications Office).
The jury decided to give out equal awards for three projects: Denizay Apusoglu’s “A responsive cutlery concept: behavioral intervention for normalising problematic eating behavior”, Kadi Adrikorn’s “Tacit presence: looking into the experience of exclusive headwear” and Annika Valkna’s “Work and life in rural areas. New rental housing in Imavere village”. All selected projects received a monetary prize of 600€. The jury appreciated the projects’ practical and applicable nature as well as their high potential for further development in the business sector.
In her MA thesis “Tacit presence: looking into the experience of exclusive headwear” Kadi Adrikorn researches how headwear contributes to the wearer’s self-image and what impact it has on the wearer and others in social situations.
The jury noted that in addition to the project’s high creative quality, the author has also included user experience; the collection is ready for production and presentation for clients. The jury hopes that this recognition helps the author to take the project to production and to clients.
Annika Valkna’s “Work and life in rural areas. New rental housing in Imavere village” proposes vitalising villages and delineates many trajectories of development, exemplified by Imavere village, where a new centre and rural housing is developed.
The jury pointed out that even though Annika Valkna’s work is currently still in vision stage, it has the potential to be taken to production in collaboration with developers, local municipalities and/or wood industry and at a later stage, to clients as well. The jury is hopeful that Annika Valkna continues developing the project and finds partners to realise her vision.
Denizay Apusoglu’s work “A responsive cutlery concept: behavioral intervention for normalising problematic eating behavior” focuses on the problem of eating habits, that so often gets disregarded. The author developed a prototype for a set of cutlery that allows the user to adjust the speed of eating according to tactile feedback.
The jury especially appreciated the market research the author had conducted. The jury stated that the project needs further development but has high production potential. The jury hopes the support motivates the author to find a business partner and take the product to production.
Tallinn City Enterprise Departments gives a special mention to Denizay Apusoglu’s “A responsive cutlery concept: behavioral intervention for normalising problematic eating behavior” for its high production potential. On 19 October, during Tallinn Enterprise Day Denizay Apusoglu will receive a honorary diploma from Tallinn City Enterprise Department.