Mac Collins, one of the most exciting new faces in the design world, has won the honour of exhibiting his work at the Design Museum, London. As the winner of The Ralph Saltzman Prize, he has been awarded a £5,000 bursary and his award-winning products are now being shown in an exhibition at the museum that runs until April 2nd.
The Ralph Saltzman Prize is a new annual design award that celebrates emerging product designers. The award is supported by the family of Ralph Saltzman, the founder of Designtex, in recognition of his design legacy. Nominations were put forward by established designers, with Collins nominated by established design studio Industrial Facility, co-founded by designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, whose collections have also been exhibited at the Design Museum.
The exhibition includes three chairs that have helped evolve Collins’ design practice – the Iklwa chair, Concur chair and Jupiter chair – as well as smaller pieces, process material, drawings and models.
“It is an honour to receive the inaugural Saltzman Prize at the Design Museum” says Collins. “The bursary provides a degree of financial, and thus creative, freedom to communicate a current narrative through a new collection of works. This accolade also provides a physical platform to present work within an institution that carries considerable weight. Though I presented work at the Design Museum for Discovered in September, I am yet to show a solo retrospective of this nature, an opportunity for which I am humbled and grateful.”
Originally from Nottingham in the UK, Collins is committed to designing and making narrative-rich pieces that enhance the beauty of the materials he works with. He incorporates personal and cultural touches through the creative process to explore his own identity and position within the African Diaspora.