Stannah Announces Winner of the Joseph Stannah Award 2019 at New Designers Exhibition

Stannah, one of the UK’s leading stairlift and homelift business , has for the second year in a row sponsored the New Designers exhibition, with the Joseph Stannah Award.

The appointed Stannah judging panel honoured James Seal who has developed ‘Grace’ – a new type of colostomy bag. Seal has just graduated from Huddersfield University with a first-class honour’s degree in Product Design.

‘Grace’ was developed after James learnt of a family member’s difficulties living with a stoma. The design addresses a number of issues including the need for a protective seal, the introduction of a revolutionary venting system and a profiled shape for a more comfortable wearing experience. The end product should allow users to save time in their daily routines, reduce complications such as skin problems and leakage, and increase their confidence in being able to lead normal lives.

Stannah are proud to support rising talent who are creating products that promote independent living and address real life problems. The awarding panel were struck by James’ ability to empathise with users, the level of research he had conducted and his willingness to tackle such a taboo subject. James comments: “Having just graduated from university after studying Product Design, I am absolutely delighted that ‘Grace’ has received recognition and won this award. I am really looking forward to my 6-week placement at Stannah, to gain invaluable experience at such a respected and well-known company.”

The panel for the Joseph Stannah Award at New Designers included:

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About Joseph Stannah Award at New Designers Exhibition

The Joseph Stannah Award was introduced to the annual exhibition after the company was inspired by Jake Paisley’s ‘Ally’ design in 2017. Jake later became a full-time employee at Stannah.

In 2018, the first award was received by Josh King for his leading-edge device, Ally. Runner up that same year, Emily Knott,  completed a 6-week paid placement with Stannah based in the design office after exhibiting her device, ROMA.

About New Designers

New Designers provides a platform for fresh design talent to connect with design educators, professionals and consumers, for creative exchange and collaboration.

The makers who exhibit are hand-picked from over 170 courses from the UK and overseas.

New Designers has launched the careers of some of the UK’s leading designers including Bethan Gray, Jay Osgerby, Thomas Heatherwick and Lee Broom.

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MariaJ 12-07-2019