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The 2010 Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Awards night was held at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 15 December, announcing the winner of the eighth annual awards.
Adelaide design team Daniel.Emma received the top prize for their ‘Basics Collection’, a range that encompasses a pendant light, brass paperweights, a magnetic paperclip tower and an occasional mirror. The pair says their simple, functional and playful design pieces aim to be just nice.
Judges described designers Daniel To and Emma Aiston as the complete package, with work that demonstrates a proactive independence of spirit, brand awareness, great interaction with their end-user and a reliance on local production.
Daniel.Emma receive a trip to Milan to attend the 2011 Salone, as well as a $30,000 cash prize.
This years four runners up, who each receive a $2,500 cash prize, are Henry Wilson for ‘Factory Slide’, David Knott for ‘Cantilabra’, John Quan for his ‘Flexible Desk Lamp’ and Adam Cornish for ‘Monkey Grip’.
The remaining shortlisted designers for the 2010 program include Andrew Simpson & Oliver Smith for the ‘Stilla Carafe’, Ben Edwards for ‘Offcut Stools’, Toby Horrocks ‘Flatform Shelves’, Nick Rennie for ‘labro’ & ‘organis’, and Michael Hoppe for ‘Hitman’. Each receives a cash prize of $1,000 for making the shortlist. Gary Galego, who was shortlisted for the 2009 award, received the Vogue Living Peoples Choice Award for his ‘Carbonwood’ bike design.
This years judging panel included Editor-in-chief of _Belle_ and _Good Food_ magazines Neale Whitaker, Liane Rossler from Dinosaur Designs, Heidi Dokulil from Parcel, UTS Professor of Design Kees Dorst, Ewan McEoin from Propeller Communications, Top3 by Designs Terri Winter and design expert Jennifer Sanders.
Judge Terri Winter said the panel appreciated the more thoughtful and quietly innovative range of entries this year, with designs that were carefully considered and sensitive.
The Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award promotes the work of emerging Australian designers, providing valuable assistance in promoting their work and reaching a local and international audience. The work of all ten finalists will be included in an exhibition in early 2011.
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