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Young designers create wallbox of the future

Premium home charger company Andersen has named the winners of its Designer of Tomorrow contest which asked students to create a new-look wallbox.

The firm challenged design students at University of Creative Arts (UCA) to come up with a new exterior design for its high-end Andersen A2 charger that reflected the societal and environmental benefits of electrification.

It has now named Chananchida Promma, Thomas Ford and Maxel Hutama as the overall winners of its Designer of Tomorrow with their design ‘Java’.

The judge’s winning design highlights the impact of the coffee industry in the UK. Its fluted fascia panel is created from spent coffee grounds in a bio-resin composite to represent the 500,000 tons of coffee waste which ends up in landfill each year.

The contest launched in October 2023 and students submitted concept drawings for their design. Ten shortlisted designs were then chosen by the judging panel, led by David Martell, CEO of Andersen EV, design journalist Mark Smyth, and David Robinson, Director at LA Design.

The artists behind the shortlisted designs had a month to sculpt, build, create and finalise the physical concepts. One overall winner and five runners-up were chosen.

David Martell, CEO of Andersen EV, commented: “Outstanding design and smart technology are what set the Andersen A2 apart from other offerings in the home charge market, and this competition has allowed us to inspire the next generation of designers and explore future concepts in home charging. Great design and advanced technology can be fostered in unison, and it has been very rewarding to see how the students have explored the interplay of form and function.

“Working with UCA has been a great opportunity to share our passion for electrification and design with the students and staff, while homing in on some of the environmental and societal challenges that we all face.”

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of inews.co.uk, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.