Petra Musilová and Iury Tiguntsev pose with their prize and champagne on a grassy field with narcissus.People on chairs at a table in a conservatory with a dark cast floor, ficuses and high windows.People in a factory hall with fluorescent lighting and a concrete floor, close by a container and a machine.

EeStairs has presented the winners Design Competition

EeStairs has presented the winners, Iurii Tiguntsev, from Russia, winner of the Custom Design category and Petra Musilová, of the Czech Republic, winner of the Standard Design category with their awards at the prize giving ceremony of the first edition of the EeStairs Design Competition.

EeStairs launched the Design Competition in September 2013 to inspire the next generation of architects and designers to create extraordinary yet functional stairs and balustrades. Entries have been subject to several rounds of scrutiny which highlighted the ability among young architects and designers to use their creativity for combining design, materials, unusual structural forms and deployment of practical knowledge and considerations.

A panel comprising of international design professionals from the worlds of Architecture, Interior Design and Product Design then shortlisted just three designs for each category. The jury included Maria Smith (Studio Weave), Ira Koers (Bureau Ira Koers),  Hans Dikhoff  (NewP), Daniel von Bernstorff (design portal Stylepark) and Steven Bray, (senior creative advisor at EeStairs UK).

After a public vote the winners, Mr Tiguntsev and Miss Musilová, were announced.

“The prize giving ceremony in Barneveld has been an overwhelming success,” explains Cornelis van Vlastuin, creative director, EeStairs. “It was wonderful to meet our winners and bring them together with the jury members and EeStairs team behind the Competition an celebrate the incredible achievements of these young architects.”

After being welcomed into EeStairs headquarters the winners took part in a tour of the design and manufacturing facilities, getting the chance to see the intricacies that go into creating outstanding staircases, in both the timber and steel.

“I am absolutely delighted!” Musilová also added, “The tour of EeStairs timber and metal workshops was fascinating, I feel that I have learnt a lot about the details that go into creating each and every design.”

The prize giving ceremony was held at Barneveld’s Oranjerie restaurant, where each of the winners was presented with a cheque for £2,000, the EeStairs EeBook and jury report about their designs, as well as recognition for their designs.

“I was shocked that my design was shortlisted by the jury. To win has been a fantastic experience,” said Tigunstev. “It was brilliant to meet the jury and to know that my design has effectively communicated the way I wanted to include a sloping walkway as part of a staircase for a public place.”

Jury member and owner of Stylepark, Daniel von Bernstorff commented, “Today has been a fitting celebration of what events such as the EeStairs Design Competition mean for young architects and designers. Events such as the Design Competition give emerging talent the confidence to embrace challenging projects as well as a platform for getting their talents noticed.”

With the first edition of the EeStairs Design Competition completed, EeStairs has already begun work on improving the competition for the next edition. More details about the next edition will be announced on the website of the EeStairs Design Competition