Comprising an elegant, minimalistic mirror with customisable angles of reflection, young designer Alex Yeh wowed the jury of local and international design professionals with his creation, earning him a cash prize and the new Rado True N25E121, a special limited edition timepiece for Taiwan.
Partnering with World Design Capital Taipei 2016, this was the first year that the prize has been awarded in Taipei. Echoing the World Design Capital Taipei 2016 motto ‘Adaptive City – Design in Motion’, the Taiwanese edition of the Rado Star Prize called for entries focused on the concept of "Design in Motion" – in other words, beautiful, dynamic objects that move seamlessly between functions. Yeh’s mirror, which provides six different angles of reflection thanks to an attractive adjustable base and copper bar, was selected for its perfect response to this theme.
“The mirror was inspired by a fusion city like Taipei, where the old meets the new,” says Yeh. “Good Lock Mirror gives you simple but multifunctional way of creating surprising and poetic angles in your life. Its reflection is not only what we need in our living spaces, but also what might surprise us.”
At the Rado Star Prize Taiwan award ceremony on 19 October, Yeh was presented with the new Rado True N25E121, a special watch designed by Aaron Nieh, a well-known Taiwanese graphic designer. Nieh created the timepiece together with Rado, and the result is a matt grey high-tech ceramic timepiece inspired by simplicity and versatility. “The image I had in my mind was to create something that is subtle, practical, and minimal,” says Nieh, who is one of ten World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Design Ambassadors. “I want the watch to be easygoing and low-key. An essential accessory that fits just right on the wearer, no more, no less.”
Nieh is one of two Taiwanese designers invited by Rado to collaborate on a special edition of the Rado True, following Leslie Chan's texturised, origami-inspired dial for a white version of the True that was revealed earlier this year. Other notable collaborations include teaming up with Konstantin Grcic for the redesign of the iconic Rado Ceramica, also launched this year.
Rado's two limited edition timepieces for Taiwan, the Rado True N25E121 and the Rado True Taipei, as well as all ten finalists of the Rado Star Prize Taiwan are on display at the International Design House Exhibition at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei until 30 October 2016.