Innovative, ecological & simple packaging design. The Model Young Package competition revealed its winners.

29 October 2020
Text provided by Model Young Package

This year, the jubilee 25th year of the international packaging design competition Model Young Package invited designers from all over the world to work on the topic of Personal Care. Despite the obstacles associated with global pandemics, almost 200 works from dozens of countries came to the competition.

In the topic of Personal Care, designers were challenged to creatively and responsibly pack, for example, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, medical devices, medicines or hygiene items. Despite that a global pandemic made the conditions for the production of prototypes considerably more difficult, and with regard to the closure of schools and the limited possibilities of submitting competition works due to lockdowns, two hundred prototypes from dozens of countries around the world gathered in the competition this year. The winners were judged by a jury composed of: Jan Činčera, chairman of the jury, packaging designer and founder of the Činčera studio, Kateřina Švarcová, the head of the marketing at Model Obaly, Peter Olah, Škoda auto designer, Pavel Fuksa, graphic designer and illustrator (read more about the jury).

1st place in Unlimited category: Weekdays Quartet by Öykü Aydınhan, Turkey

Weekdays Quartet is a set of food supplements (omega, magnesium-calcium, zinc, selenium), which an adult should consume on a daily basis. Öykü Aydınhan, following the example of her sister, who took supplements, saw how much packaging can affect the motivation to regular consumption. The supplements are usually sold in their own packaging in an impractical shape. The author, therefore, combined 4 different supplements into one packaging, which contains a dose for 5 days. It makes it easier to carry around and does not take up so much space. The dose for each day is in a separate module that can be torn off, so the packaging decreases with each day of consumption. The jury saw the artwork as a representative of the packaging future. This futuristic packaging is simple and solves a specific problem.

2nd place in Unlimited category: Sipflip by Kryštof Bouřil, Czech Republic

The author was inspired by his own experience with taking a loose food supplement, therefore he designed his work so that the packaging itself measures the daily dose in the most accurate and simplest way possible. It is not necessary to use another external measuring cup, often made of plastic. According to the jury, the packaging has a fantastic construction, but also appealing graphic design.

3rd place in Unlimited category: Less is More by Mao Ren Ren, Taiwan

The packaging by Mao Ren Ren, which is inspired by the structure of honeycomb, does not need any glue, so it is also suitable for recycling. Simply cutting and assembling the paper creates a packaging that is not only ecological but also aesthetic. According to the jury, it meets the principles of sustainability. It is a unique solution in the context of soap that uses only a very small amount of packaging material. The product could also be really successful on the market, as it is a very attractive piece for the consumer. 

1st place in Highschool category: Squeeze Package by Soyoung Koo, South Korea 

Japanese origami art inspired Soyoung Koo to create a packaging for a vitamin drink. After consumption, the package can be simply pressed into a thin layer, which saves space during subsequent manipulation. The packaging also shows a picture of the fruit whose flavour it contains. According to the jury, the design brings not only a bright idea but also has its logic and functionality. It looks authentic, has a high graphic level and the process of recycling of the packaging itself is obvious at first glance and very instructive for the consumer.

2nd place in Highschool category: Howdy by Hyeseon Kim, South Korea 

Howdy is a sanitary pads packaging that targets young girls, informing them about the menstrual cycle or what types of sanitary pads is more suitable to use. It builds on three principles: beauty, regularity, purity. The possibility of sliding out the package not only has the functionality for opening and closing but also serves as a space for additional information. This strong element of opening and closing makes the design special, at the same time it presents itself by an appealing graphic form using the composition of bold colours and geometric shapes.

3rd place in Highschool category: Beauty Box by Lucie Trojanová, Czech Republic

The author of the packaging, Lucie Trojanová, likes to travel, but she has a problem with how to pack all the most needed things quickly and efficiently. Therefore, she created a travel box made of paper with miniatures of the most necessary cosmetics, which could alternatively be used to present samples of new products of cosmetic brands. The jury appreciated that the simple packaging matches the fine graphics and is functional and plays nice with the paper.

Innovation Center Model Obaly Prize: Nechejme ho zmizet (Let it disappear) by Natálie Štěpáníková, Czech Republic 

The soap packaging for children by Natálie Štěpáníková is made of ecological water-soluble paper, thanks to which no waste is generated. The paper is 100% biodegradable and leaves no residue. Its water-solubility also does not prevent printing (eg with ecological ink) and thus does not limit the use of graphics on the packaging. The idea of "disappearing" of the packaging is further supported by a simple prank for children, who first assemble an origami flower from the packaging according to the instructions, place it on the water surface and the flower "disappears" in a moment. At the moment of dissolution, the folded pattern decomposes on contact with water, leaving only a color trace of ink. Magic!

CZECHDESIGN Prize: Earth Palette by Veronika Janečková, Czech Republic

The ideas of ecology, zero waste or recycling were taken into account by Veronika Janečková during the designing process. She invented her own palette for decorative cosmetics, which can be used again and again until it disintegrates. The base of the packaging is made of paper, which is further dyed with natural pigments. Already in prehistoric times, people drew dyes from nature, and Veronica wanted to point out the magic of neglected natural resources and displace air-polluting materials. Each box contains a different pigment and thus acquires different properties, the one with the admixture of stone dust is logically stronger and harder than the one made of moss. This is transforming of paper into new material. The palettes are designed for eye shadow, blush or powder. Graphic design is simple, the beauty of the material is essential.


The Model Young Package could not have been established by a more professional
company than the Model Group. It is one of the largest European packaging manufacturers
in general and also operates the Innovation Center, where new designs are created under
the hands of designers. Thanks to its initiative, the competition is running since 1996. Since
2009 the competition has been organized for the Model Group by the independent
professional organization Czechdesign.

Historically, a number of young designers who later became respected designers
participated in the competition: the first winner was Jan Čtvrtník, who a few years later
worked for NASA, IKEA or Elektrolux. In the following years, for example, Ladislav Škoda,
chief designer of Tescoma and many others, scored.

Model Group, Promoter of Model Young Package
CZECHDESIGN.CZ, Competition organizer