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Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Anna Bligh has announced Alexander Loterzstain and Kent Gration as the winners of the inaugural Queensland Premiers Design Awards.
Loterzstain was presented with the $40,000 Smart State Design Fellow, while Gration received the $10,000 Emerging Design Leader award.
Bligh said: These exciting designers, who live in Brisbane, won for their commitment to excellence in their design and also their contributions to the growth of the Queensland design industry. Both designers have demonstrated their dedication, being the best in their chosen fields and each in their own way have contributed to the Queensland economy and lifestyle, taking Queensland design beyond our borders to the world.
The new awards program was established this year, in order to recognise excellence in design and the importance of design to the state. The program is part of the Queensland Design Strategy 2020.
The Smart State Design Fellowship recognises significant contributions made by an individual or team in developing a design culture in Queensland, while the Emerging Design Leader award acknowledges the embodiment of excellence in skill and expertise and a commitment to design.
Loterzstain was described by Bligh as a permanent and colourful fixture on the local and national design scene. He is the principal of multi-disciplinary design studio, Derlot, and a member of the Queensland Design Council. He has collaborated with brands including IDEE-Sputnik, Planex, Street and Garden, SIGG, COVO, Artquitect and Escofet and exhibited internationally. His work includes the interior design for The Limes Hotel in Brisbane, the first Australian project to be included in the Design Hotels Group.
Bligh said Gration displayed an unquestionable commitment to sustainable design. Since establishing Integration Studio in 2004, Grations work has been exhibited in Milan, Tokyo and New York. He specialises in environmentally-aware graphic, product and furniture design, with designs including the award-winning Costello stool and Wambamboo, a range of stylish and functional bamboo furniture.
Other shortlisted designers for this years awards included Fukutoshi Ueno (Emerging Design Leader Award), and Brian Steendyk and Michael Rayner (Smart State Design Fellowship).
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