The Laminex Group Design Institute of Australia (DIA) South Australia Awards 2013 have been announced.
The awards aim to “evaluate, recognise and celebrate outstanding projects designed by South Australian designers” while also showcasing the work of DIA members and affiliated design organisations for the public.
Entries for the awards must have been realised over the last two years. The 2013 awards attracted 47 entrants, 33 of which came from industry design professionals.
The awards feature three primary categories: Built Environment, Communication and Object, student awards along with two featured awards.
The heritage Adelaide Gaol building was chosen as the “secret location” at which the winners were revealed. This year’s top entrants included Black Squid Design, who took out the coveted Presidents Award for their Delectaballs project.
Delectaballs was a project that aimed to design the exterior and signage for a meatball food truck. The cheekily titled project was recognised for its brilliant imagery and the ability to translate across multiple media.
DIA SA president Brendon Harslett said the truck “captures the local zeitgeist of the new food movement,” adding that the project is a “point of difference in an emerging market, and a stand out result.”
Delectaballs also secured the gold award in the communication category while the design studio was also awarded the silver award in the same category for its pharmaceutical communications project, Brauer Natural Medicine.
The Laminex Group Award went to Collins Hotel (Hilton International Adelaide) by Woods Bagot.
“Moving through the amazing entrance you are taken from a traditionally vast lobby feel, into a private and intimate environment,” the jury said of the project. “The use of varied product finishes and textures is enhance by the lighting design, ensuring warmth and maintaining the elegance of this up market bar.”
Woods Bagot was also awarded in the Built Enivrionment Panel 1 category for The Collins, securing a gold award.
“When James Bond arrives in Adelaide – he’ll park his Aston Martin out the front of the Collins Bar at the Hilton Hotel – illegally,” the jury said. “…the Collins Bar is unequivocally tailored, exacting and designed to seduce and beguile.”
Below is a list of primary award winners with the full list of awards and commendations available here.
DIA PRESDIENTS AWARD – Brendon Harslett
THE LAMINEX GROUP DIA AWARD
BUILT ENVIRONMENT PANEL 1
BUILT ENVIRONMENT PANEL 1 – STUDENT
BUILT ENVIRONMENT PANEL 2
BUILD ENVIRONMENT PANEL 2 – STUDENT
OBJECT – STUDENT