NoChintz are showcasing the winner of the Box Project, a northwest wide design competition held over the summer and organised by NoChintz, at the former Nicky Oliver salon at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, Courtesy of Argent group PLC from Wednesday 11 November until Friday 4 December.
Won by Karen Smart from the University of Central Lancashire, the competition challenged Northwest creatives to think inside the box by designing a functional use for a 2mx2mx2m microstructure.
Karen (22) from Formby, Liverpool answered the challenge by designing a box that could use its own form to furnish the space, sections of the walls fold down to make shelves, tables and seating. This makes the box very versatile and flexible so it can be used for many different purposes.
Natalie Gray, NoChintz said: “We were thrilled with the response to the competition and Karen’s winning design. We took the box project to 100% Design, the design exhibition in London who also supported the competition, and we received some great feedback. Now we are showcasing it in Piccadilly Gardens so people can see how it works.”
Janet Dunnett, chief executive, Piccadilly Partnership said: “It’s great to have NoChintz and the Box Project exhibiting creative work at Piccadilly Gardens, it shows we have a vibrant design community in Manchester and the Northwest and the Partnership is pleased to support it.”
The Box can be bought from NoChintz and can be used for exhibition stands or temporary shops or gallery space. The design can be also be modified to meet specific requirements.
NoChintz specialise in interior design for private homes, property developers, office and retail space and events. The company was shortlisted for the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Award 2009.