Industrial Design student Kristen Ciandella with a prototype of one of the award-winning items
Industrial design student Kristen Ciandella of South Plainfield was awarded the top prize of $1,500 for her “Wave Collection” in a table-top design competition sponsored by Cambridge Silversmiths, Ltd. of Fairfield, NJ for the second-year industrial design studio in NJIT's School of Art + Design. Honorable mention awards of $500 each were awarded to Jeffrey Groves of Princeton and Jabeen S. Ali of Monroe Township. The studio is taught by Adjunct Professor Ran Lerner, principal of Ran Lerner Design in New York City.
The five-week project required each student to design and create prototypes of at least four pieces that would be part of a new collection of table top items. Students were able to choose from a wide range of acceptable items that included salt and pepper shakers, glassware, wine coolers, trays, pitchers and more. Cambridge Silversmiths donated $1,000 to defray the cost of materials of the digitally printed and hand-finished models required as part of the submission. Multiple media were used in the design of the products - from freehand sketching to precise digital models used for fabrication. The judging was organized by Senior Designer David Tierney, who participated in the final review and student presentations at the end of the spring semester.