Winners of Shenzhen design award unveiled     02/06/2018 11:25

Alessio Alessio and his design [PhotoSDAY official website]

Winners of the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) were unveiled yesterday. Italian designer Fabrizio Alessio won the top prize with his design of an open-source wheelchair project.

Alessio stood out from over 260 contestants and won the Grand Award with a prize of US$20,000. He impressed the international jury, which consisted of seven top-notch designers from home and abroad, with his design of a DIY wheelchair project called TooWheels.

The project enables people with disabilities to make their own wheelchairs anywhere in the world with local materials. Users can download files and instructions of the construction online, customize a wheelchair for themselves and make the wheelchair at home or using digital fabrication equipment if they are close to a FabLab.

Compared with buying a wheelchair, the project provides users the option to make a customized wheelchair at one-10th of the cost.

Alessio is a freelance designer and assistant professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy. He mainly engages in product design, concept development, mass production and model making. He won the Compasso d’Oro International Award, one of the most important design awards in the world, in 2016.

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