Workshopped 10

Sep 6, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor

Workshopped 10 has announced the winners of the Peoples Choice Awards for their 2010 Exhibition, held this August in Sydney as part of Sydney Design.

Adam Cornish received first prize for the Flex Wooden Hammock, while Dennis Ablos was awarded second prize for Turn Table. Oru designed by Chris Hardy, received third prize. The winners were chosen by the votes of visitors to the exhibition.

This year’s exhibition challenged designers to respond to the proposition that “good design endures, demands attention and is fit for purpose”.

Cornish’s Flex Wooden Hammock is seen as a modern alternative to the conventional hammock, with its core design mimicking the human spine. It is designed to flex and mould around the user to form a ‘wooden cocoon’. Manufactured from a single sheet of plantation grown plywood, the Flex Wooden Hammock aims to reduce waste and its environmental impact.

The Turn table, designed by Ablos, has a profile based around the continuous line of the paperclip. Crafted from one sheet of material – either clear acrylic or glass or aluminium sheet – the legs and top of the table are all combined in one singular, elegant form.

Awarded third place, Hardy’s Oru is a simple low chair, with an aesthetic derived from the materials and processes used to create the object. Oru is made from sustainably managed plantation oak – or can also be made of aluminium – and this plays a major role in its design.

The Workshopped design exhibition is held annually at the Powerhouse Museum, with the aim of bringing great Australian design to local and international attention and promoting the work of up-and-coming designers. This year marked the tenth year of the exhibition, cementing the show’s place as one of the design industry’s most important annual events.


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