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Above image (clockwise from left): C K Goff’s Uragaeshi chair, Jonathan Ben-Tovim’s Up Down light, Mechelle Shooter’s Monkey Bars side table.
The winners of Melbourne Fringe Furniture 2014 have been announced, awarding excellence and originality in locally designed furniture and lighting.
The theme for this year’s exhibition was entitled Living Traces, and was interpreted with an environmentally conscious bent to many of the products.
RMIT furniture and industrial design student, C K Goff, won this year’s Emerging Designer award, sponsored by Craft. His timber Uragaeshi chair took inspiration from traditional Japanese joinery, with a lightweight frame exuding a refined simplicity. Goff’s award entails media exposure through the Craft website, along with a Craft membership and professional development session.
Former RMIT industrial design student Max Harper was awarded in the category of Sustainable and Waste-Wise Design, sponsored by Banyule City Council. Harper’s Corker pendant lights are clad in renewable cork, with the concept taking a cue from the iconic Aussie cork hat. Harper receives a cash prize of $500 for his successful design.
Jonathan Ben-Tovim was the talented recipient of the Best Lighting Design Award, sponsored by Euroluce. Ben-Tovim’s Up Down lights are a height adjustable pair of complementary pendants. Each light shade comes in a different finish, with one in electroplated copper and the other in brass, with counterweights in Obsidian glass and solid brass. The lighting design prize includes a $1000 Euroluce voucher and the opportunity for a professional development meeting with Euroluce Director, Roger Ludowyke.
RMIT was yet again represented by student Mechelle Shooter, who took out the Best Student Design Award, sponsored by the Australian Furniture Association. Made of bamboo and powder coated steel, her Monkey Bars side table references a modern industrial aesthetic, with a playful, contemporary use of colour against timber.
The Most Market Ready Design Award, sponsored by TAIT, was given to Jonathon Ho for his Yi chair. His design was inspired by the bold lines in Chinese Ming furniture, with a strongly geometric structure in black timber. Ho receives a $1000 cash prize and a professional development meeting with TAIT.
Held at Abbottsford Convent in Melbourne’s inner city, the annual Fringe Furniture exhibition displays the 2014 winning entries along with an array of designer products, including homewares, furniture and lighting. The exhibition is on show until the 5th of October.