Architect beats Phil Coffey, Make, AHMM and Farrells

Ron Arad declared Hawkins Brown’s adaptation of his Tom Vac chair the winner of a competition to reimagine the enduring design.

The Tailor My Tom Vac contest, part of Clerkenwell Design Week, saw 20 architecture and design studios come up with their own version of the stackable chair designed by Arad in 1997.

At a party held in the Vitra showroom in Clerkenwell last night, Arad picked his favourite - ‘Pamela’ by Hawkins Brown, which reimagined it as a life guard’s seat with steps and a lifebuoy.

He said: “It is clear the designers invested a great deal of thought into this project with clever interpretations of the original Tom Vac. There was nothing unnecessary added to this design, it was very streamlined and witty.”

Among the other entrants were Phil Coffey Architects, Make, AHMM, Aecom, BDP, Scott Brownrigg, Woods Bagot, Emulsion and Farrells.