Alexander Rose names the Winners of its UK Student Design Competition 2015

Now in its second year, this prestigious competition was established by Alexander Rose, one of the leading outdoor furniture manufacturers in Europe.  For 2015, the competition has been further developed to encourage young designers to take up careers in the outdoor leisure industry which generates in excess of £960m per annum to the UK economy.


Working closely with Universities across the UK, Alexander Rose’s aim is to encourage young designers to engage with industry-based projects. 


Borge Leth, Managing Director of Alexander Rose, says: ‘The competition will provide students with substantial real work experience and the opportunity to win substantial prize money.  It also gives them a chance to develop a long term professional design career in a major UK industry’.


The competition is open to all students on full time BA, BSc and Postgraduate Furniture, 3D, Product Design, Architecture and Interior Design Courses in the UK.  The students are invited to examine and consider aesthetic, ergonomic, sustainable and commercial factors in relation to their proposed design. The Judges, who include Diarmuid Gavin, Chelsea Flower Show Gold Winner, chose the following winners for their exciting and creative new ideas, innovative use of technology, sustainability and market sector suitability:


GOLD       Peter Geissler, De Montfort University

SILVER    Kacper Benicewicz, University for the Creative Arts

BRONZE  Joshua Younger, University for the Creative Arts


Gold wins £1000, Silver £500 and Bronze £250 plus each Student’s design that is put into production would be awarded a royalty fee on all worldwide sales.

Alan Morley, Head of Design at Alexander Rose comments:   ‘We are delighted to work with young designers, helping them to refine their ideas and introduce them to the design manufacturing process.  The competition has provided Alexander Rose with a tremendous resource of some of the most creative emerging talent in the country and we are keen to help them realise their design ideas.  This collaboration is good for our industry, our company, the universities and the students’.


The three winning designs along with a selection of all the other entries received will be unveiled at SOLEX 2015 in July at the NEC, Birmingham.

For further information about the Alexander Rose competition please call 01444 258928 or go to

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27 Mar 2015

By Alexander Rose