There is some amazing talent out there, and it won’t be a surprise if some of the Young Designer Competition’s entrants went on to work as car designers one day – perhaps even at Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce announced winners in its Young Designer Competition.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the global winners in its Young Designer Competition, which invited children around the world to design their dream Rolls-Royce of the future. Selected by Rolls-Royce Design Team from more than 5,000 entries submitted online by children in over 80 countries during Covid-19 lockdown
The four category winners, who hail from Japan, France, China and Hungary and range in age from six to 16, will each enjoy a chauffeur-driven journey with their best friend in a Rolls-Royce to school. The designs of the winners and three additional Highly Commended entrants have all been transformed into beautiful digitally-rendered illustrations by the Rolls-Royce Design Team, using the same software and processes as they would in a ‘real’ Rolls-Royce design project.
Devised to provide a creative outlet for children aged 16 and under, confined by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the competition attracted more than 5,000 entries from over 80 countries. With no rules or specified judging criteria to constrain them, children were able to let their imagination run free, creating designs of extraordinary richness, creativity and diversity.
Faced with a truly formidable task, the judges selected overall winning designs in four categories – Technology, Environment, Fantasy and Fun – based on the most popular themes that emerged from the 5,000-plus entries. Three further entries that defied categorisation but caught the judges’ attention were Highly Commended; the panel also selected winning entries from the various regions around the world in which Rolls-Royce Motor Cars operates.
Launched in April as lockdown conditions were imposed across the globe, the competition proved an instant success; so much so, the original deadline for entries was extended. Asked only to design their ‘dream Rolls-Royce of the future’, children had complete creative freedom, allowing them to develop ideas of astonishing scope, complexity and vision far beyond the realms of automotive design.
Entries included designs inspired by (amongst other things) unicorns, turtles, space travel, the Egyptian pyramids, Pablo Picasso and bumble-bees. Many are capable of flying or travelling underwater; the designs also featured a host of clever devices and novel technologies to save labour, provide pleasure and entertainment and benefit humanity and the environment.
- Technology Car Category Winner
ROLLS-ROYCE BLUEBIRD II BY CHENYANG, AGE 13, CHINA.
- Environment Car Category Winner
ROLLS-ROYCE CAPSULE, BY SAYA AGE 6, JAPAN.
- Fantasy Car Category
ROLLS-ROYCE TURTLE CAR, BY FLORIAN AGE 16, FRANCE.
- Fun Car Category
ROLLS-ROYCE GLOW BY LÉNA, AGE 11, HUNGARY.