Free Display Product Design Prize

The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023

The second year of our annual prize in partnership with the Saltzman Family Foundation celebrating emerging product designers in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy.

Designer Marco Campardo has been selected as the 2023 prize winner.

In honour of Ralph Saltzman

Returning to the Design Museum for a second year, The Ralph Saltzman Prize, supported by the Saltzman Family Foundation, will select and reward a winner among this year's nominees – soon to be announced.

Created by Lisa Saltzman on behalf of the Saltzman Family Foundation, The Ralph Saltzman Prize reflects the Design Museum’s overarching commitment to champion new talent and nurture the development of a vibrant design sector. Each year, a panel of design luminaries will handpick a number of the brightest emerging designers currently making waves in the field of product design. The winner, selected for their innovative approach to contemporary themes, will receive a £5,000 honorarium and will be invited to display their work in the Design Museum’s atrium space.

“This particular prize is for a product designer working in or across products, furniture, textiles or technology. We are defining ‘emerging’ as a practising designer within five years of leaving education or within five years of setting up a business. We look for people who are making a mark on product design, be it through innovation, sustainability or cultural re-evaluation.

The Design Museum strongly believes in supporting emerging designers so we are thrilled to work with The Saltzman Family Foundation to make this possible through this award.”

– Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, the Design Museum

Ralph Saltzman

Co-Founder and President of Designtex, Saltzman's curiosity and collaborative spirit are evident in the legacy of innovation he leaves behind and in the company he founded 60 years ago. Designtex's development of sustainable textiles and the partnership that emerged between William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart won First Prize in the International Design Sense competition at the Design Museum in 2000.

The Ralph Saltzman Prize Winner 2023, Marco Campardo

Q&A with Lisa Saltzman, who created the Ralph Saltzman Prize in collaboration with the Design Museum

What made you want to set up this award at the Design Museum in London?
It is one of the most prestigious design museums in the world.

Why do you think an award for a designer of this level is important?
I created this prize as a legacy to my father [Ralph Saltzman]. He was an innovator and a pioneer who had a keen eye, great taste and he thought outside the box. The Ralph Saltzman Prize will be a way to give these young designers an opportunity, an honorarium and a show. It’s the best way to perpetuate my father’s legacy. Designers at this level are seasoned enough and the opportunity to take them to the next level is exciting.

How did your father, founder of Designtex, influence your design thinking?
My father's love of design permeated my life in a very significant way, my father noticed everything, everywhere... He had a very profound influence on me in so many ways, his observations, keen eye and great taste impacted me in a big way, his aesthetic and love of Design was intoxicating.

How do you think design influences our day-to-day life and why is good design important?
Design is at the core of almost all things, good design enhances users' experience and can help solve problems.

Who are or have been some of your favourite designers (past and present)?
Josef Hoffmann, Charles Eames, Marc Newson.

About the selection process

A panel of eminent designers drawn from the Design Museum’s network handpicked a number of the brightest young designers currently making waves in the field of product design.

The nominees are then invited to present their work to a panel including the museum’s directorate and external experts who will finally select a winner for The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2023.

A display featuring the winner's work will bepresented at the museum from February to April 2023.

Nominators

Bethan Laura Wood

Wood has run a multidisciplinary studio since 2009 characterised by materials investigation, artisan collaboration and a passion for colour and detail. Residencies and location-based projects are an important factor in her design process, often working in collaboration with local manufacturers and reflecting into her designs the visual and material culture particular to each place. She is interested in critical approaches to achieving sustainability within mass consumption and the production-driven context of the industry.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Designers Barber and Osgerby founded their London studio in 1996. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site-specific installations as well as gallery and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Having worked with leading manufacturers including Vitra, Knoll, B&B Italia, Flos, Venini and Hermès, their designs are held in museum collections including the V&A and the Design Museum. Their monograph ‘Barber Osgerby, Projects’ was published by Phaidon in 2017.

Ilse Crawford, CBE

Crawford is a British designer and founder of the design practice Studioilse, in London. She has decades of experience as a journalist, editor, designer and educator, and her work is known for its holistic approach and the idea of design as a frame for life. From residences to hotels and community projects, she focuses on how design can make better realities by integrating the measurable and the unmeasurable, creating spaces that bring people together, are healthy and responsible, and built in adaptability and longevity.

Jon Marshall

Marshall is an industrial designer whose work fuses product design with strategy, branding, packaging and digital experiences. His interest lies in working with abstract and emerging technologies, creating accessible user experiences and sustainability. In 2012, together with Barber & Osgerby, he co-founded and directed industrial design consultancy Map, where he created products and user experiences for some of the most innovative companies in the world. In 2018, he joined Pentagram’s London office as a partner.

Yinka Ilori

Ilori is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer whose bold visual language draws on his British-Nigerian heritage to convey new narratives of joy and hope through contemporary design and site-specific installations. Drawing on Nigerian parables and verbal traditions, he touches on a multitude of themes that resonate with a global audience.

Nominees

Joseph Yanney Ewusie

Nominated by Yinka Ilori: Ewusie’s designs draw inspiration from his British-Ghanian heritage, which honours community celebration. Colours of JoYE (a monogram for his name) reflects his background in product design and his interests stem from designing objects to tell stories.

Marco Campardo

Nominated by Barber Osgerby: Campardo is a London-based designer and maker designing objects, exhibitions and site-specific installations. He has an interest in manufacturing and material experimentation as a form of critical practice, using it to explore narratives about culture, materiality, identity and authenticity.

Rio Kobayashi

Nominated by Bethan Laura Wood: Kobayashi is an artist, designer and maker from Japan who trained as a cabinet maker in Austria. He approaches fine craftsmanship with a twist of humour exploring new narratives by blending traditional crafts and cultural heritages and experimenting with fabrication techniques based on solid knowledge in materials.

Simón Ballen Botero

Nominated by Ilse Crawford: Botero is a Colombian product designer whose practice is built in close relation with anthropology and material culture. He collaborates with artisans, craftspeople and communities, using design as a tool for critical discourse and empowerment.

Timi Oyedeji

Nominated by Jon Marshall: Oyedeji is an Interaction Designer and Prototyper from London, specialising in innovative futures, using emerging technologies as a vehicle to reinvent the way that we approach human-computer interactions.

Plan your visit

Visit information

From 2 February – 3 April 2023, a free display with designs by the Prize winner will be open to the general public to visit. No pre-booking will be required.

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Prize 2022

The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2022

Product and furniture designer Mac Collins was selected as last year's inaugural prize winner. Nominated designers included Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Francisco Norris, Marion Pinaffo & Raphaël Pluvinage, and Sky Lucy Young.

Background image: Furniture designed by The Ralph Saltzman Prize Winner 2023, Marco Campardo.