In Conversation: The Ralph Saltzman Prize Winner 2024
Take a glimpse into the future of design. We are delighted to host an evening with Designer Attua Aparicio, the recipient of The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2024. Aparicio will be joined by Johanna Agerman Ross, Conran Foundation Chief Curator at the Design Museum, to discuss her journey into the creative industry, challenges, influences, aspirations and more.
Nominated by Martino Gamper OBE, Aparicio is a London based multidisciplinary artist working in the intersection of design, craft and art. She studied an MA in Design Products at RCA and her practice is driven by material research and experimentation seeking to find new combinations and ways of making. Interested in sustainability, material hybridization and tactility, she often collaborates with her sister, artist Saelia Aparicio, glass artist Jochen Holz and co-founded Silo Studio with Oscar Lessing.
Returning to the Design Museum for a third year, The Ralph Saltzman Prize celebrates emerging product designers in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy. Created by Lisa Saltzman in 2022 on behalf of the Saltzman Family Foundation, the prize reflects the museum’s overarching commitment to champion new talent and nurture the development of a vibrant design sector. The 2024 winner's work will be displayed in the museum from February 2024.
This year’s winner will exhibit her work in a free display at the Design Museum running from 1 February until 15 April.
Co-Founder and President of Designtex, and a major figure in the design world, Saltzman's curiosity and collaborative spirit is evident in the legacy of innovation he leaves behind and in the company he founded nearly 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.
Aparicio is a multidisciplinary artist working in the intersection of design, craft and art. She studied an MA in Design Products at RCA and her practice is driven by material research and experimentation seeking to find new combinations and ways of making. Interested in sustainability, material hybridization and tactility, she often collaborates with her sister, artist Saelia Aparicio, glass artist Jochen Holz and co-founded Silo Studio with Oscar Lessing.
Agerman Ross was appointed the Conran Foundation Chief Curator at the Design Museum in 2023. She was previously curator of twentieth century and contemporary furniture and product design at the V&A where she co-curated the new permanent gallery Design 1900-Now and launched Make Good: Rethinking Material Futures, focused on design and the climate emergency. She founded the international design journal Disegno in 2011, which she edited for five years. She is still Disegno’s director.
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• This event will have British Sign Language interpretation.
• A hearing loop will be available
• Assistance dogs are welcome
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Visit a new display showcasing the work of The Ralph Saltzman Prize 2024 winner, Attua Aparicio. This is the third year of the prize, hosted in partnership with the Saltzman Family Foundation, to celebrate Saltzman's design legacy and support emerging designers. Open until April, don't miss this free exhibition to learn more about Aparicio's practice.
Background image: Work by Attua Aparicio, wedgewood plate and waste borosilicate glass, photo by Sylvain Deleu.