Reece BIA winners announced

August 20, 2012

Japanese-inspired design and innovative use of technology were rewarded in this year’s Reece Bathroom Innovation Awards (BIA), announced at Saturday in Design 2012.

Announced at Saturday in Design 2012 on the weekend, the Reece Bathroom Innovation Awards (BIA) presented Gavin Harris with the top award for his Japanese-inspired design.

Harris, Senior Associate at futurespace, was awarded the Professional Prize of $20,000 for his Japanese-inspired bath unit, Shiro. A freestanding bathtub with an attached circular basin, rounded ends for sitting and ‘hidden’ storage spaces, Shiro incorporates design elements akin to traditional Japanese timber baths and basins. Judges commended Harris’ clever incorporation of basin and bath as one, as well as the use of a singular plumbing system and the unit’s freestanding qualities.

“I think these days it’s important to design items that have multiple uses rather than many items for many functions,” says Harris of his design. “I wanted to explore how you could bring together many bathroom elements into one element. Shiro is designed to be the only element within the bathroom, so it needed to provide for all of a person’s requirements.”

Gavin Harris' winning design: Shiro.


ShanShan Wang, an Industrial Design student at the University of New South Wales, took home the Student Prize for Koeda – an innovative mixer tap inspired by the organic themes of nature and hand motions. Incorporating simplicity with innovative uses of technology, the Koeda tap features a modified progressive cartridge that provides a simplified innate dial control. By rotating the dial in a clockwise motion, water temperature gradually changes from cold to hot. Water pressure flow progressively increases as the dial is rotated further, ensuring economic use of water. The design also uses LED lights that change from sky blue to a warm orange and finally to a dark searing red, indicating the mix of cold and hot water.

“As technology rapidly expands into other domains, I believe seamless integration of these technologies will become a vital part of our lives,” says Wang. “The bathroom space must also keep up with this new line of thought.” Wang was awarded with a $10,000 cast prize as well as $5,000 for her university.

Reece Bathroom marketing manager Belinda Geels said of the awards program: “The Reece BIA continues to uncover, recognise and celebrate both established and up-and-coming Australian designers. It’s fantastic to be able to offer such gifted and innovative talent a platform to further their design ambitions.”

The judging panel this year included noted global industrial designer and Roca collaborator Antonio Bullo, Vogue Living editor David Clark, interior designer and TV personality Shaynna Blaze, and two-time professional winner Justin Wagemakers of Blue Sky Design Group.

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