Every year, ELLE Decoration runs the SOLVE New Talent Search design competition, and it’s time to announce the finalists for 2010.

Both students and emerging designers were eligable to enter, and the challenge was to design a bedside table that includes storage for a laptop and other gadgets, as well as a solution for the accompanying wiring. The winning design’s prototype will be manufactured by Whatiftheworld/Design Studio.

Our judges pored over the hundreds of entries, eventually coming up with four finalists:


A. The soft, organic form of photographer and industrial designer Celeste de Kock’s  “Time Capsule” bedside table was inspired by the Orbit chair.


B. Final-year interior design student Laura Kawitzky designed her “Miss Match” bedside table to be open to change and adaptation, depending on the needs of the user.


C. Second-year interior design student Victoria Tucker was interested in making the wiring of bedside technology a feature of her “Thred” design.


D. Architect and photographer Anja Wiehl had the idea for her ‘Bed-Slide Table’ after spending time sick in bed.

And the winner of the SOLVE New Talent Search 2010? You’ll have to wait for the next issue of DECO, on shelf on 9 December. In the meantime, vote for your favourite design, and you could win an @home gift voucher worth R800. SMS ‘DecoSolve’, your details and your choice of winning design (A,B,C or D) to 40880*.

*SMSes cost R3.00 each.