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LDT Design up for prestigious award


Briony McStea
Oct 13, 2016

Design Network North members, LDT Design, have been selected as one of the finalists for this year’s Plastics Industry Awards, which take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday 30 September.

Their nomination is based on their product design for Cocoon Labs. LDT Design, product design and development company based in York, and Cocoon Labs came together to develop Cocoon, a home alarm device that is affordable, unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing.

Cocoon is able to track movement from inside the entire home, and can alert you by phone if it detects anything untoward.

Cocoon Labs developed the software and technology at the heart of the home alarm, whilst LDT Design created the look and feel of the product. They also gave Cocoon the ability to run its state of the art software efficiently without overheating.

A total of 16 awards will be handed out on the night, including the much-anticipated Processor of the Year, and the prestigious Personal Contribution to the Plastics Industry award, which recognises an individual who has made his or her mark on the sector during their career.

LDT Design are competing for the Consumer Product Design of the Year award, and are up against six other applicants for the prize, including LA Design, Fanuc UK and Magamatic.

The brief for Cocoon involved developing the aesthetics to make it a welcome addition to a consumer’s home, and to develop the product enclosure capable of protecting the hardware. The product went through six major stages of development before it was commissioned for manufacture in December 2015.

The first phase of work involved developing aesthetics whilst defining a realistic space envelope for the electronic hardware. LDT Designapplied fabric to the front of the Cocoon to soften the appearance of the product, so it would fit seamlessly into a typical living room.

LDT Design worked alongside an acoustic engineer to define and seal chambers, ensuring maximum sound output and quality from the speaker. They controlled the design of the enclosure from concept to full production ensuring all the detail within the enclosure was perfectly executed.

After 18 months of product testing and development, LDT Design assisted Cocoon Labs to produce a home safety device that is both attractive and utilises state-of-the-art technology. Its appearance is as unique as the combination of technology within it.

Unsurprisingly, Cocoon has been very well received by the market place, with Cocoon Labs’ crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo far exceeding their initial target by more than double.

Cocoon Labs also secured a $3M seed investment from Aviva Ventures (LON:AV) and Breed Reply Investments (BIT:REY). This added to the earlier investment from Breed Reply Investments of $1.3M which came just after Cocoon Labs’ successful Indiegogo campaign, supporting their vision of enabling people to seamlessly protect the most important place in their life.

Lee Taylor, Founder of LDT Design said: “The product has been extremely well received in what is a growing market, mainly because of its unique use of technology all packaged within a beautiful, elegant, unique and high quality enclosure”

Receiving media attention from the likes of the Telegraph, The Guardian, Cnet and TechCrunch to name a few, along with the Plastic Industry Awards nomination, both Cocoon Labs and LDT Design are enjoying great success with the product with no sign of it slowing down. 

Steve Crowhurst, managing director of Crain Communications UK, which organises the Plastic Industry Awards, said the evening promised to be “spectacular”.

Crowhurst added: “The PIAs are the best way to celebrate excellence in the UK plastics industry, and we look forward to seeing new and old friends for what we know will be a spectacular evening.”

Design Network North is also hosting one of their popular ‘Rise and Design’ events in Leeds for the first time. Usually based in North East, the Design Network North team are bringing their event to Leeds on 23 September. LDT Design and Cocoon Labs are speaking at the event, introducing the audience to the power of design and how it has transformed their product. To find out more, visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rise-design-the-power-of-design-tickets-26661198362 

Design Network North is part of RTC’s new programme called ‘Designing Better Business’ – launched in 2016 - which will provide support for north east businesses looking to continue to innovate and design better world leading products.
RTC was founded in 1989 with the sole purpose of helping businesses innovate and create new higher value products. Today, the business operates out of offices in Sunderland, Gateshead, Leeds and Daresbury and specialises in helping companies develop new products, embed new skills through training and access funding for innovation.
‘Designing Better Business’ is part funded by European Regional Development Fund, as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.