BASF ‘Sit down. Move.’ seat design competition: the winners

tags: | in: Car Design Competitions 20 March 2013

BASF has announced the winners of the ‘Sit down. Move.’ seat design competition. The first three prizes were won by Song Wei Teo, Joonyoung Kim and Pantila Debhakam.


Announced back in September 2012, the ‘Sit down. move.’ competition was a joint project of BASF’s Global Seat Competence Team together with the designfabrik®.

The contest asked worldwide participants to develop car seats with an eye on comfort, ergonomics, safety and weight.

The global winner is Song Wei Teo from the University of Coventry in Great Britain, who was awarded a prize money of 6,000 euros.

Seat Design Concept by Song Wei Teo

“Song Wei Teo’s extraordinary design of a car seat made in just a single piece using lightweight materials won us over”, stated the jury in explaining its choice of the winning entry.

The two regional winners are Joonyoung Kim of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, US and Pantila Debhakam of the design agency shakes bkk of Bangkok, Thailand. They both received a 3,000 euros prize each.

Seat Design Concept by Joonyoung Kim

Prototypes (1/1 models) will be built of the three winning results. BASF will show them at events and trade fairs and to potential customers. The submitted designs will be documented in a competition publication.

Seat Design Concept by Pantila Debhakam

These three winner design concepts were chosen among more than 170 entries from 33 countries by the industrial and automotive designers Konstantin Grcic, Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama and Dave Lyon, together with three BASF automotive experts.

In view of the large number of creative and professional entries, the jury decided to additionally give three special mentions in the categories “material utilization”, “color and trim” and “visualization”.

The winners, each of whom received 1000 euros, in these categories are:

  • Christian Delise (Japan)
  • Hyejin Park and Minuk You (USA)
  • David Panzeri (Italy)

(Source: BASF)


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