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Above: Photography of Moooi’s exhibition at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair, ‘Unexpected Welcome’, featuring overscaled photographs by Erwin Olaf
Following the success of Space Furniture’s residency program with Edra in 2010, the retailer has announced it will now partner with Dutch design house, Moooi, to present the 2014 Design Residency.
The winner of the residency will spend two months at Moooi in The Netherlands, under the guidance of two of the world’s leading design thinkers: Marcel Wanders, Moooi Founder and Art Director; and Casper Vissers, Moooi Founder and CEO. Both are renowned for their commitment to nurturing young designers and the residency ultimately aims to offer the winning candidate the opportunity to have their winning design become part of Moooi’s collection.
The brief for the residency asks designers to propose a concept for a dining/desk chair that can be produced in four varieties: with and without arms, and with or without upholstery. Materials and production methods can include straight, formed or turned solid timber oak or beechwood; moulded plywood; sheet metal or metal components; cast iron or aluminium; wire constructions; fibreglass or carbon techniques; rotational moulding; upholstery in fabric or leather.
Entries should encapsulate Moooi’s brand and its focus on “The Unexpected Welcome”, delivering a concept that offers a new approach or vision, yet also appeals to its audience – be it through function, story, beauty or materials.
Entries will be judged by Marcel Wanders, Casper Vissers and Space Furniture General Manager, Christina Caredes. All submissions to Stage 1 must be received by 30 October 2013, and shortlisted designers will be announced on Thursday 14 November.
Shortlisted designers will then be required to present to the selection panel in Sydney or Melbourne on 11-12 February 2014, with the eventual winner announced on 13 February 2014. The residency will be held in May-June 2014.
Space Furniture’s Christina Caredes says that, after working with Moooi for almost ten years, partnering with the company for the program was an easy and obvious choice. “Over this time we have developed a strong collaboration and partnership with them, which has allowed us to understand them not just as a brand and a manufacturer but to appreciate and admire the culture of their organisation,” she said.
“Moooi is a dynamic and daring brand led by people who have a high sense of integrity, who are open-minded and most importantly have a passion for design and commercial product… We believe that this residency offers a unique and hopefully career-changing opportunity for an Australian designer and is set to become one of the most coveted prizes in the Australian design industry,” Caredes added.
Working with Edra from the start, Italian designer Francesco Binfaré has produced some of the brand's classics, including the recent Pack and Chiara sofa.