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Brabantia and NDA Pimp Our Print Competition

Last September the National Design Academy joined forces with Brabantia in order to run a design competition entitled; Pimp Our Print. The aim of the competition was to encourage as many aspirational designers as possible to create a unique and personalised design to adorn Brabantia’s ever popular range of coffee, tea and sugar canisters.

Brabantia have run this competition over the past few years and due to the high level of quality entries from National Design Academy students, it was decided that there would also be a smaller internal NDA Pimp Our Print competition that would run alongside the main international Brabantia competition. All NDA entries were also entered into the main competition, offering students two chances to win a Pimp Our Print competition!

Over the month we were inundated with design entries, incorporating many different styles, colours, themes and designs. As the closing date arrived, our panel of design experts; Anthony Rayworth (Director of Studies) and Vicky Arbuthnot (Senior Design Tutor) set to work on judging the many designs.

Three finalists were finally chosen;

  • Elizabeth Henshaw: Turkish Bath
  • Orlando de Faria: The Pattern
  • Wendy Reed: Tea Tree


The winning designs were then whisked off to Brabantia HQ and sent to their manufacturing depot in order to create a set of bespoke canisters for each winner. These canisters have now arrived and look to be wonderful additions to the kitchens of our 3 winners.

Below we hear from our 3 lucky NDA winners.

Elizabeth Henshaw

“It’s an honour to be chosen as a finalist in the NDA Brabantia competition and I’m really looking forward to seeing my design on the canisters! I have a broad design background which includes illustration, web design as well as textile and fashion design. However, it was my persistent fascination with old buildings that led me to apply for the Heritage Interior Design course at the National Design Academy. I have recently completed the FdA section of the course and am about to embark on the BA (Hons) with great excitement.”

Elizabeth Henshaw - Turkish Bath

Orlando de Faria

“I am presently studying on the BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living with the National Design Academy. Entering the Brabantia ‘Pimp Our Print’ competition was a fantastic experience for me and allowed me to gain valuable understanding, inspiration and knowledge of the design industry. In my opinion, it is definitely worth entering this type of design based competition, not just for the prizes but for the overall experience. A printed canister from Brabantia is captivating; I am delighted that my design was selected to be printed on the canisters.”

Orlando de Faria - The Pattern

Wendy Reed

“I am on the final module of the Foundation Degree in Interior Design with the National Design Academy and I have been studying for just under 3 years. I chose the NDA as the course came recommended by a friend and it fits in perfectly with my other commitments. I have learnt so much over the last few years and I am feeling very excited about putting it all into practice soon. I entered the Brabantia competition to try my hand at surface design. I’m very interested in textile design and enjoy coming up with new ideas. It was great to use the Photoshop skills that I’ve learnt at the NDA to present my design in a digital format! I’m so pleased to have been chosen as a finalist and can’t wait to see the canisters with my design on.”

Wendy Reed - Tea Tree

Congratulations to Elizabeth, Orlando and Wendy, we are all very proud of you and your designs. Your canisters are winging their way over to you as we speak. We hope you enjoy them and that they make a wonderful new edition to your kitchen!

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  1. I really like the canisters which won the competition but think it’s a shame they will not be produced for general sale. I would love some of Wendy Reed’s canisters as they would look perfect in my kitchen and I have not seen anything similar,

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