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Glyptodon bags 'Peoples' Choice' & 'Designer Distinction' Awards
Aug '10
The cast brass Glyptodon Community Bank by Graham Parker Ansell swept the first annual Gift For Life / New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) Product Design Competition, receiving both the “Peoples' Choice” and “Designer Distinction” Awards at the summer 2010 NYIGF.

Themed “Make Change,” the inaugural design competition required established and emerging designers to reinvent the iconic piggy bank with unique and innovative, yet functional, elements.

NYIGF is the nation's premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800 exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. The winter 2011 market takes place Saturday, January 29, through Thursday, February 3, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 85 countries worldwide are expected.

The bank, which is cast in ½ inch thick brass and stands 12 inches tall and 22 inches long, is shaped like a Glyptodon, an extinct South American quaternary mammal, allied to the armadillos. Created with public display in mind, and designed as a means to collect funds for local charities, the Glyptodon Community Bank is both weatherproof and theft-proof.

A brass bell under the lockable coin slot rings when donations are made, and as coins collect, the cantilevered container causes the head to pivot upward and the eyes to point toward the sky. At capacity, coins empty into the main reservoir; the head nods “yes” and returns to its original position.

“The Glyptodon was impressive in its design, its materials and its functionality,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “It also served its intended purpose – of community giving – by collecting nearly $500 towards Haiti's earthquake relief efforts through public display in Albuquerque, NM.”

Nine finalists' designs were displayed in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center's Crystal Palace lobby during the summer 2010 NYIGF. The Glypotdon Community Bank received both the “Designer Distinction Award” as determined by professional designers Mark Blackwell, Sandy Chilewich and Evette Rios; and the “Peoples' Choice Award” based on voting by market participants. Ansell, a 24-year-old designer residing in Albuquerque, NM, will receive one complimentary exhibition space for the winter 2011 NYIGF.

Proceeds from the competition will benefit the charitable efforts of Gift For Life and its sole beneficiary, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the resources of the design communities to provide more than $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide.

New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF)

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