John Edwards, a master's student in architecture at UCT, has scooped top honours in the eighth annual Solve New Talent Search competition for his lighting design, the Vuvu Lamp, inspired by the near-iconic vuvuzela.
Edwards beat out some 120 other entries in the competition, organised by Elle Decoration magazine and sponsored by up-market furniture retailers Weylandts.
Despite his own misgivings - "I thought it might have been a silly idea" - Edwards had long nursed the design concept. And when Elle opened the competition to students this year, he thought he'd have a bash.
As part of his winnings, Edwards will now work with Weylandts to turn the concept into a working, must-have item for the discerning homemaker, just in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
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