On this day each year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) celebrate World Intellectual Property Day as a way of promoting intellectual property rights and highlighting the vital role these rights play in encouraging creativity and supporting innovation.
The campaign for this year's World IP Day was based on the creativity and ingenuity of women in design who are driving change in the industry and shaping the future.
Anti-copying in Design (ACID), the UK's leading intellectual property campaigning organisation, have taken on board this year's World IP Day theme and have celebrated it through their campaign to find the 2018 ACID Female Design Champion.
ACID, together with the Design Council judges, are pleased to announce that the winner of this year's Design Champion Award is Holly Hughes of Citradi for her Citrus Chairs (pictured).
Upon selecting the winner, the Design Council judges said, "We were delighted to judge the ACID Design Champion Awards for World IP day and felt that Holly Hughes of Citradi was a worthy winner of the first ACID female Design Champion. Her work combines creativity and ingenious design with new thinking about seating which provides a much more flexible way of using it. This is particularly important as we have found and the numerous configurations available through the Citrus Chair seems made for the future, whilst honouring value of furniture making from the past."
On receiving her award, Holly said, "I am thrilled and honoured to have been chosen for this award by The Design Council and awarded by ACID. Inspired by the curves of nature, the concept of the Citrus Chair is to change the way we think about seating, making it more sociable, versatile and comfortable. For creativity to flourish intellectual property must be safeguarded".
Sarah Weir OBE, CEO of the Design Council added, "100 years on from the Representation of People Act which gave some women the right to vote, we are delighted to support ACID's first female design champion on World IP Day. IP matters to all designers, to protect their designs. But World IP day also shines an important spotlight on its wider implications on design and innovation in the future and which has implications on so many of our lives".
Runners up, Rachael Taylor of Rachael Taylor Studio and Carra Santos of Mette Limited were also commended for their contributions to teaching and highlighting intellectual property to many others.
The competition recognises the achievements of female designers whose successes are making them an inspiration to the designers of tomorrow.
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