Winners of the 2016 Rotational Molding Product Design Competition Announced


AKRON, Ohio, June 22, 2016 – Winsell Incorporated today announced the winners of the 2016 International Rotational Molding Product Design Competition. The goal of this annual contest is to inspire emerging industrial design students to create breakthrough consumer products that utilize the latest technologies in rotational molding. Judging criteria includes: originality, process-ability, growth potential, beauty and visual appeal, tool building compatibility, and use of appropriate materials.


This year 66 students participated in the design competition. The entries included the following design schools: The Columbus College of Art & Design, Penn State Erie the Behrend College, the University of Wisconsin Stout, Purdue University, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Carleton University and Northern Michigan University.


First Place was awarded to Sarah Gustafson, of Purdue University, for her design of the Casper Stool. The Casper Stool is a cushioned, modular stool that helps to organize the classroom. The stool is perfect for any classroom or home with young children. The chair has a unique cutout on the back for the storage of a small child’s backpack. Small rungs on the front and back base allow children to rest their feet while sitting or use the rungs for carrying and moving the stool around. The shape of the stool is perfect for a variety of modular setups such as a circle, semi-circle or any creatively winding form.


 Casper Stool



First Place winner: the Casper Stool by Sarah Gustafson of Purdue University


Second Place was awarded to Suzi Biehl of the University of Wisconsin Stout for her design of Bloom Seating . This outdoor seating design is an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture that integrates nature into everyday living, while utilizing the rotomolding process. Along with the seating, Suzi designed planter pods, which are removable, interchangeable pods that can be used for storage. Bloom seating is water resistant, energy efficient, lightweight, durable and more.


Bloom Seating


Second Place winner: Bloom Seating by Suzi Biehl of the University of Wisconsin Stout.



10 Honorable Mentions were awarded to the following students:


Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD): Thuy Khuu, Emily Siira, Randi Degg, Keegan Phillips

  • Purdue University: Evan Brown, Sam Bucciferro, Gabrielle Bennett,

  • University of Wisconsin-Stout: Kevin Kalmon,
  • Northern Michigan University-Nathan Warwick

  • Columbus College of Art & Design-Elizabeth Jackson


The Rotational Molding Product Design Competition is organized by Winsell Incorporated, with support from 2016 sponsors : Diversified Mold & Castings, Hedstrom, M. Holland and Polimeros USA.


“The rotational molding industry is fueled by the creative ideas of product designers,” says Fred Shockey, Chairman and CEO, Winsell Incorporated. “When we cultivate and celebrate emerging talent in the field, we will thrive. The Product Design Competition gives us a glimpse into the future of rotational molding, while also ensuring that future.”

 About Winsell Incorporated

Winsell Incorporated, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is the World’s only 100% dedicated supplier of granite-effect colorants for rotational molding applications. Through extensive research and continuous innovation of granite formulations, the company provides trouble-free processing solutions to rotomolders. To learn more, read about the Winsell Granite Difference. Visit Winsell online at, Facebook and follow us onTwitter

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