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Taiwan-designed paint bucket wins American IDEA award

2012/07/02 18:33:40

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) A paint bucket with a trendy wave-shaped lid designed by three Taiwanese university students won a bronze medal Monday at the 2012 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IEDA) organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

The concept, which had already won an award at Germany's iF design awards, features a lid with a wave-shaped edge that allows users to open the can without tools.

The lid's shape also enables users to pick it off the ground without getting paint on their hands, according to Cai Fu-yu, who, along with fellow designers Li Yin-kai and Shy Shou-ren, studies industrial design at National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT).

Cai got the idea when he tried to open a paint can but couldn't because he did not have an appropriate tool, and he thought to himself, "why not make a can that can be opened more easily?"

It was the first IDEA award ever won by NTUT, according to Fang Cheng-kuei, a lecturer at the school. Fang described it as a prestigious honor because the IDEA is one of the world's three biggest design awards along with the iF award and Reddot award.

The special paint bucket was patented on April, and Fang hoped there will be manufacturers who are willing to work with the team to commercialize and mass produce the concept.

The 2012 IDEA winners were announced on Monday in the United States and the award presentation ceremony is slated for Aug. 18 in Boston.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Elizabeth Hsu)
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