Stacey Kenny

kenny-stacey-hen-house.jpgFormer student Stacey Kenny, 22, is feeling ‘pretty happy’ after winning the top Luminary award at this year’s Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2013 in Singapore. The product competition honours the best innovative designs from across the globe that push the frontiers of new concept ideas for the next generation.

This year’s Awards received ideas and prototypes showcasing latest research from all over the world, across 24 categories including product companies and design studios - a record 4,394 entries from 57 countries.

Stacey’s Massey University chicken coop design ‘Nest - Rehoming Spent Laying Hens’ was initially nominated by the jury as one of three out of 49 ‘Best of the Best’ laureates. This is the highest distinction given at the Awards and honours the best concept of the competition for exceptional design excellence.

The contemporary kit-set hen house and supporting care system is designed to encourage those living in populated areas within New Zealand to keep ex-commercial, or ‘spent’, layer hens as domestic pets. The prototype was Stacey’s final project for her design degree at Massey.

‘Nest’ then emerged as the top design, winning the Luminary award and the votes from the jury, who affirmed the model took a serious look at how one’s habitat can change the way of living for us and future generations, addressing sustainability and life in its most pragmatic way

‘It’s a great example of redesigning a life cycle, which most people tend to think that once a life cycle is set, it can’t be changed or redesigned,’ said member of the jury Raj Nandan.

Stacey was presented with her prize that includes $5,000, at the glittering awards ceremony last week along with recognition to her Centre of Learning the School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington campus.

To view Stacey’s Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2013 Luminary winning design:

Facts and figures of the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2013

Entries: 4,394
Nations: 57
Red Dot Awards: 202
Best of the Best Awards: 49
Honourable Mention: 39
Special Exhibition: 25 October 2013 to October 2014 at the Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore
Online Exhibition: 25 October 2013 to October 2014