Students of MIT Institute of Design decided to design something that is used by all. They decided to use Earphones which are used by all. They were inspired by Japanese traditional dress “KIMONO”. Their aim is to spread the Kimono culture throughout the world through Kimonophones. Something that is trendy but traditional. Their names are Pranali Linge, Uttara Ghodke & Viraj Joshi.
The jury panel was 10 acclaimed designers from various design disciplines, including Ross Lovegrove, celebrated Industrial Designer.
Following are the judges:
Junko Koshino, Fashion Designer
Yoshikazu Yamagata, Fashion Designer and Founder of writtenafterwards
Yasuhiro Mihara, Fashion Designer
Tamae Hirokawa(SOMARTA), Creative Director/Fashion Designer
Masaya Kushino, Fashion Designer
Asami Kiyokawa, Artist
Toshiyuki Inoko (teamLab), Interactive Digital Artist
HDMI (Human Dwelled-In Monitor Inside), Hybrid Creative Studio
Ross Lovegrove, Designer/Visionary
Birgit Lohmann, Editor-in-chief and CEO of Designboom
The students were first shortlisted amongst top 100, which gave them an opportunity to display their Kimono design panel as a part of the Kimono Exhibition in the Tokyo Designers Week (28th October 2014).
Later, they were awarded the "Toshiyuki Inoko Award" for the Kimono Exhibition, meaning a special booth to display their work among the other global presenters in Tokyo Designers Week.