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At the Milan furniture fair last month, Nespresso announced the winners of its second annual design contest, in which students from various schools, mostly throughout Europe, toiled on the theme of CoffeeLuxury.

The jury, comprising designers Alfredo Häberli from Switzerland, Konstantin Grcic from Germany, Ineke Hans from The Netherlands, as well as Patrick Norguet, Matali Crasset and Christian Ghion from France, awarded three prizes and one special mention.

A selection of 22 projects had previously been chosen among the 334 entries, and models were built for each one. These models were part of the Milan exhibit, and are on display in certain Nespresso boutiques throughout the world.

The first prize was awarded to a French team: Brice Genre and Hanika Perez from the Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, France. Their creation, "Untitled," is a coffee machine/mural that reacts to heated water and changes its image as the coffee is brewing. The monetary prize was 12,000 euro.

Second prize went to Andreas Diefenbach from the Staatliche Akademie Der Bildenden Künste in Germany. His project, "Pearl," is a voluptuously round machine that resembles a seashell, for which he was awarded 7,000 euro.

Millete Balazs and Telekes Tamas from MOME at Moholy-Nagy University in Hungary, received third prize for "Enjoy it While Flying," a coffee machine for air travellers. Their prize was 4,000 euro.

And a special mention was awarded (along with a prize of 3,000 euro) to François Saudubray from France for "Soprano," an ingenious system of covers, each one in a colour that corresponda to a coffee cru.

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