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The Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA) today announced Tomek Archer as the 2012 winner of the inaugural SOYA365 Architecture & Interior Design category award.
Chosen from over 100 young designers who submitted work into the category this year, Archer will receive $5000 in cash, a trip to Barcelona in November and a 12-month mentorship opportunity with architect Brian Zulaikha – founding partner of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and current president of the Australian Institute of Architects.
“Informed by his wonderful furniture design, which he infuses with a real spirit of materiality and construction, he is able to delve into architectural form and space with a surprising maturity,” says Zulaikha of Archer’s work.
After starting Tomahawk Studios in 2003 as a platform for applied research projects alongside his architectural studies, Archer’s work has been acquired into state and private collections in Australia and Europe. Using a combination of traditional craftsmanship and innovative digital production, all Tomahawk Studios products are produced in Archer’s native Sydney. His work has received a number of awards, including an Australian DesignMark at the Australian International Design Awards.
Zulaikha describes Archer’s Darlinghurst office fitout as “fresh and robust, where a strong idea overcomes any shortcomings in the constraints of cost and programme”.
Three young designers have been named as runners up to Archer (the first recipient of the Architecture & Interior Design award): Samson Tiew, Robert Smith and Michael Ong.
Now in its eleventh year, Shaw Contract’s Design Awards program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the way people engage and interact with a space.