Four National Taiwan University of Science and Technology students won the Output Award in the Netherlands for inventing a vase made of wax, the university said yesterday.
The Output Award is an international student award recognizing young talents in design and architecture, drawing thousands of registrations from at least 40 countries every year.
The experimental design by industrial design graduate students Yeh Ming-hung (葉銘泓), Lai Chung-ping (賴忠平), Chen Po-he (陳柏合) and Huang Pin-chen (黃品甄) was one of the 76 selections by the award program.
The foursome created vases made of wax by soaking a stick of ice in melted wax. The concoction was then put in lukewarm water to solidify, then the ice was pulled out after melting slightly, with the leftover wax forming the shape of a vase.
Patterns on the vase’s surface are created by the ice, water and their temperatures.
The colors of the partly transparent vases depend on those of the wax.
“We wanted to try materials people don’t often use in industrial design,” Chen said.
“After our discussions, we believed it would be more possible for us to do something with wax on our own. Also, it is used by fewer people, so we thought, besides candles, could wax be made into other products?” Chen said.
The design will need to be produced with more rigid materials, such as glass, if it is to be marketed, Lai said.
The students said it took about half a year for them to come up with the idea, develop it and then produce the finished product.
Another vase design by three of this year’s winning students was named “Best of the Best” at the Red Dot Awards in Germany last year.