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'Adam Seeks Eve' sketching competition winner announced

Wed, 26 Jun 2013

The top three designs of the ‘Adam Seeks Eve‘ international sketching competition have been announced.

A judging panel of six professional designers and organizer representatives – chaired by exterior chief designer of the Opel Adam Niels Loeb – selected the top three designs from over 400 submitted projects.

23-year-old Marcell Sebestyén from Hungary claimed top honors with his design, while second place went to 36-year-old Lukáš Taneček from the Czech Republic. In third place came 26-year-old Vasilij Kurkov from Russia. Niels Loeb also awarded a special prize to 45-year-old Brazilian Paulo Konno.

Sebestyén explains, "Adam and Eve were according to religious myth the first man and woman, and all people are their descendants. In my opinion, Opel Adam and Eve would represent the first level of Opel‘s model palette, from which all other models would symbolically originate."

His concept explored the entry into the mini-segment under the Adam and featured Opel design cues such as the signature wing-shaped LED daytime running lights, leading Loeb to say, "The concept reminds me of the Opel Trixx showcar. It is a modern interpretation of an electric vehicle."

Paulo Konno, recipient of the Honorary Jury Chairman's Special Prize, believes that the partner for Adam should have a distinctive design feature based on one of Adam's design elements, but treated in a different way.

"Paulo's concept for a sporty urban mini-SUV with a center hard-top that can be removed to create an open roadster (similar to the Adam Rocks concept) has a bold, masculine design that would appeal to a broad customer base. Paulo has a very good feeling for proportion and visualization," says Loeb.

Sebestyén will be invited to the AutoDesign Prague Automotive Design Conference and the AutoDesign Prague Workshop as well as being lent an Adam for a week. He will also pick up a one-year subscription to Auto Design and Styling magazine.

Taneček wins himself the book Masters of Modern Car Design written by Car Design News contributor Bart Lenaerts and one year's subscription to the magazine. Kurkov has earned a one-year magazine subscription.

Due to the unplanned awarding of the Honorary Jury Chairman's Special Prize, Konno's prize has yet to be announced.

AutoDesign&Styling chief editor Radek Laube says, "Choosing the best sketches was no easy task for the jury. Most of the work was on a high level and the selection process was uncompromising. But I also believe that those, whose work didn't make it into the finals, gained new experiences through the competition and might score points in future design competitions in which we intend to continue."

By Rufus Thompson