The VIVID design competition has crowned a slate of winners who showcase beautiful yet functional products.
VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) is Australia’s longest running design competition and a highlight at the annual Decor + Design competition.
This year's five VIVID winners demonstrated Scandinavian inspired-design and creative lighting pendants. There was also a combined focus on eco-materials and the environmental and economic benefits of flatpack furniture. One entrant, who ambitiously explored the world of 3D printing, secured one of the top prizes.
Winners in each category - student, concept, commercial and lighting - received an Award of Excellence in Design. There were more than 80 entries - 58 from emerging designers - with an esteemed panel of ten judges tasked with selecting the winners.
“The calibre of work submitted has been exceptional,making the judging process a highly enjoyable, if challenging one,” said VIVID curator Caroline Caneva. “To date VIVID has assisted over 600 designers kick-start their careers, and we look forward to seeing this year’s group of designers launch their pieces in the market.”
Rowan Page, Marinos Drake and Ilya Fridman of Studio Batch (VIC) secured the Beacon Lighting Award - Best Lighting Product along with a cash prize of $5,000 for their Diagrid Pendant.
“Inspired by the limitless possibilities presented by 3D printing, the Diagrid pendants are formed through computerised code and generated in a unique form each time they are printed,” Decor + Design said in a statement.
Scott Robinson, senior category buyer and lighting designer at Beacon Lighting said the judges were impressed by the creativity shown.
“The panel agreed this was an exceptionally innovative design and was the only entry using 3D printing in the lighting category,” he said.
The geometric pendant is printed from nylon plastic and the pattern can offer over 1,000 variations according to Studio Batch. The lights are designed to be clustered and hung in a series to offer variety of a complementary nature.
Fabio Biavaschi won the Commercial Award and $1,000 for his Mek_ac01 chair.
“Biavaschi’s design is a utilitarian piece, which retains a playfulness in its appearance inspired by MECCANO, the building game for children. Featuring sturdy wing nuts and flat pack construction, the judging panel commented that the piece 'has a rugged design that not only suits the Australian lifestyle, but has strong sustainability credentials,'" Decor + Design said.
The chair is constructed from veneered plywood panels with natural wood on side and colourful wood on the other. It requires no glue, screws or tools, responds to ergonomic supportive design and is created in both a KIDS and BIG version.
The Green Award and a cash prize of $1,000 went to Yulia Holil for her Sandwiched Shelf - a modular and adjustable free-standing shelving system designed to fit any number of interiors.
The judges noted that the piece was designed for disassembly, flat packed for a reduced transportation impact and carbon footprint, and is modular, ensuring continued use and relevance.
The Student Award and $2,000 went to Jeewon Choi, who is studying at Lidcome College in NSW, for his Flowlight concept. The detailed light was constructed from a veneer sheet which was then laminated to cardboard and bent into shape. The judges recognised the commercial viability of the piece along with Choi's innovative use of materials.
Adam Raphael Markovitz won the Concept Award and $1,000 for his Fred table.
"The Fred table celebrates the beauty of natural, sustainably sourced Australian timber Tasmanian Oak and Jarrah) combined with a modern and classic Danish design.The piece was described by the judging panel, 'As a concept, quite elegant and sophisticated with very fine detail,'" Decor + Design said.
The table dovetails with a growing awareness of removing "excess" from interiors as density makes living small a growing necessity. Large, difficult to move furniture is being replaced with pieces that offer sustainable credentials, longevity and functionality.