The popular feature area was a highlight of the Melbourne trade event as was Genty’s aural presentation for the International Industry Seminar Series in which she delved into the process and science behind why colour is such a powerful tool for the interior stylist, furniture and furnishings designer. WATCH our video chat with Genty HERE.
July 25, 2012
July 24, 2012
Australia’s hottest young and emerging design talent converged from across the country to celebrate 10 years of VIVID – Vibrant Visions in Design at this year’s Furnitex and co-located Decoration + Design.
Over a 100 of the best products in categories, student, concept and commercial along with a fourth award for the most sustainable product, were showcased at the recent trade event ensuring it was the biggest and most exciting drawcard of the fair, pulsing with creative energy and talent.
There was a definite ‘lightness of being’ theme among the VIVID finalist designs this year. Clean lines, airiness, a touch of playfulness, refined execution, all very fitting for celebrating 10 years.
A huge congratulations goes out to all the winners. Overall we had 53 designers with 62 products vying for the awards with a prestigious international judging panel that included;
• London Design Festival curator, furniture designer and author, Ms Suzanne Trocme
• International trend forecaster and stylist, Ms Milou Ket
• Style director at Australian House & Garden, Ms Janet James
• Melbourne furniture designer and also previous VIVID participant, Mr Justin Hutchinson of Justin Hutchinson Design
So it is with great pleasure we highlight the VIVID 2012 winning line-up;
Winner VIVID Student Award – Tryst Stool designed by Tate Anson, RMIT
Designer Profile: Tate Anson recently graduated from RMIT Industrial Design, receiving the 2012 Graduate of the Year Award. Tate exhibited in April 2012 at the Milan International Furniture Fair, showcasing his stretched timber products with Melbourne Movement.
Product Description: This stool capitalises on the elegance and strength of timber to achieve a delicate yet durable product – marrying modern machining and traditional wood craft. European beech.
Inspiration: Material exploration.
This category was particularly difficult to judge with a high number of contenders with products ready at commercial standard.
Short-listed for the award were also: Ash Allen with Arc Chair, Bradley Prestipino with Kite Table, Callum Campbell with Holiday Table and Dusko Lapcevic with Iris Lighting Range
Winner VIVID Concept Award – Unfold Desk designed by David Hardwick, Hardwick + Cesko
Designer Profile: Having graduated with a design degree from UNSW David has worked in the furniture industry for over 12 years before launching out on his own in 2010. David believes the best design challenges people’s perceptions and is made to last a lifetime.
Product Description: A laptop/tablet workstation with concealed desktop which opens to expanded workspace with built-in speakers, cable management and storage. Bamboo board, aluminium + mild steel.
Inspiration: A percieved gap in the market place.
Short-listed for the award was also: Barry Magazinovic with Obelia Light
Winner VIVID Commercial Award – Popper Pendents Light designed by André Hnatojko, RMIT
Designer Profile: André Hnatojko is fascinated with the way things work and how they are made. Studying design at RMIT university and business/entrepreneurship, his aim is to find new explorations within the world of design, eager to experiment and create with the unknown.
Product Description: POPPER PENDENTS’ are made from a single ‘convertible’ mould – this increases efficiency, reduces waste and allows for savings to be passed onto customers. Made from recycled aluminium (up to 40%) this conscious design is coated in paint which wont effect the re-recyclig & is designed to hide the ugly transformers of florescent bulbs. Recyled aluminium, bio power coat & lighting components.
Inspiration: Like a party popper, this light explodes where you point it.
Short-listed for the award were also: Edward Linacre with Weave Pendants and Damien Hipwell with Woodstock Table
Winner VIVID Green Award – Sticks and Stone Stool designed by Ash Allen, RMIT
Designer Profile: Ash Allen is a mechanical engineer studying furniture design at RMIT. Inspired by natural forces, eye-catching similicity and sustainability are fundamentals in his design philosophy.
Product Description: A contemporary stool for indoor / outdoor use, designed for disassembly + flat packing. No glue is used in the joinery. Salvaged Tasmanian Oak dowel + recycled rubber tire crumb.
Inspiration: A stone skipping on water.
Short-listed for the award were also: Dale Hardiman with Klag Chair, Edward Linacre with Weave Pendants and Mart Hughes with Syntax Clock
July 20, 2012
Australian trend forecaster, Genty Marshall of New Black Global Designs shows us the future in full colour. In her 4th Design Futures installation, Colour Visions, Genty shows how designers are embracing science, technology and nature in a renewed fascination with colour and perception.
Colour Visions takes us deep into the spectrum and reveals not only what we will be seeing, but how we will be seeing it.
July 20, 2012
We chat to Chris Lefteri of the UK on his research that explores innovations in new materials and why this has become such a big part of contemporary design, culture and business over the last ten years.
New technology is now looking at the `need’ with designers taking charge to become what Chris has coined `new materiologists’. We asked him how this will change the future of design; how they are looking into existing materials and discovering how to re-use them in a new way; and how waste is being re-purposed to replace the dwindling resources on the planet.
July 19, 2012
On her 6th trip to Australia, internationally acclaimed trend forecaster, Milou Ket returned to a packed design crowd at Decoration + Design eager to learn from her global travels and explore the emerging design themes for the 2013/14 home.
Milou shared her inspiring vision of future materials, structures and form in product development, including bedding, bath, ceramics and more.
We took five with the inspiring styling and design forecaster post-seminar to chat further on her latest book; scouring the globe from Paris to Shanghai to source new trends and design content; and her own home that sticks to a minimalist, clean aesthetic.
July 19, 2012
While his origins are in the US, Thomas Hamel has been working as an interior decorator from his Sydney base for over 20 years. It’s fair to say he has mastered the art of cross-cultural design.
So it’s fitting then that his seminar at Decoration + Design today was on the topic of global cross pollination.
It’s this unique cross over of cultures that has also awarded Hamel an inimitable design aesthetic, one that combines influences from both his Sydney base, American heritage and regular travels across the world, with commanding results. Hamel seamlessly finds ways of bringing various cultures together in a harmonious way.
To read more on Thomas Hamel and his cross-cultural design process read our Furniture Online interview, furniturefaironline.com.au
July 19, 2012
Melbourne design enthusiasts were delivered a heady dose of inspiration at Decoration + Design this morning as international lighting designer, Beau McClellan presented his seminar `Designing on an Epic Scale’.
The charismatic `wild fire’ was buzzing on stage as he spoke about his experience working on the largest luminaire in the world – Reflective Flow. He examined the design process from commission through to concept and completion, which explored new advances in LED technology to push the boundaries of lighting design.
We took five with McClellan post-seminar to chat further on his passion for LED design, the challenges he came across during the process of Reflective Flow, and his desire to fuse traditional craftsmanship techniques with contemporary design.
Learn more about Reflective Flow and witness its stimulating beauty in action via the video below;
July 17, 2012
Thank goodness the tipping point has passed the halfway mark of winter, DECORATION & DESIGN Melbourne marks the start of the buying season for spring and summer. To get you in the festive mood, Craft Enterprises have exciting new objet d’art that is sure to take your fancy.
Be sure to make a point of visiting Craft Enterprises during D+D on stand AH26 from Thursday July 19 to Sunday 22 and check out the new range. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store…