Shaakira Jassat wins first Kazerne Design Award

Tea drop, a project about sustainable water usage was honoured with the first Kazerne Design Award on 3 September 2020. Shaakira Jassat, born in Africa, was chosen by the jury as the winner, receiving eternal fame and 5.000 euro for a project that successfully contributes to the awareness of Western water waste. Jassat was one of the 10 nominees for the prize meant to encourage recently graduated students of Design Academy Eindhoven.

Tea Drop
From irrigation to packaging to cleaning: it takes 30 liters of water to produce one single cup of tea. By capturing the water for a cup of tea drop by drop via condensation – a process that could take days – Tea Drop questions our Western available-on-demand lifestyle. Jassat: “Tea drop is a speculative design to start the conversation about the hidden water usage. With the prize money, I can further concretize the potential of my project Aquatecture, a research into water harvesting machines.”

The Kazerne Design Award is a new yearly prize meant to encourage recently graduated students from Design Academy Eindhoven. An initiative by Stichting Loyola, together with Home of Design Kazerne. The 10 nominees – Yarden Colsey, Pauline Esparon, Shaakira Jassat, Fides Lapidaire, Romain Laval, Clara le Meur, Leo Orta, Mies Raadgever, Federico Rosa and Lucas Zito – presented their graduation project live and online in 3-minute long pitches. Remarkable is the high quality of the designs and the common theme of sustainability. 
Kazerne Design Award 2020
The jury, consisting of Kiki van Eijk (Kiki & Joost), Lonneke Gordijn (Studio Drift) and Annemoon Geurts (Kazerne) chose the work of Jassat unanimously. “A layered project, with vision, poetic and mindful”, says Lammie Nijsingh, chairman of Stichting Loyola, that provided the prize money. 
At the end of the evening, Kiki van Eijk revealed that she, together with her partner Joost van Bleiswijk, want to offer one of the nominees space in their studio to exhibit their work during Dutch Design Week. They selected Romain Laval, with his work The Ceramic Blob Factory.
See for yourself
It is possible to rewatch the award show via the Kazerne YouTube channel. The exhibition, with the work of all nominees is on show until the end of September. Home of Design Kazerne is open daily from 12:00, to view the exhibition, for lunch and dinner. Entrance and Wi-Fi free.

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