- Article by Rob Hay
The finalists in this year’s Design Tasmania awards have been announced with a total of 55 designers shortlisted in categories covering furniture, jewellery, visual communications and fashion and textile design.
The winner’s of the six categories and five major awards will be announced at a gala on 29 November. After this, curious visitors can see all the finalists at the Design Tasmania gallery until 5 January.
This year, the program is teaming up with the Tasmanian Premier’s Award, which recognises the designer who expressed the best in contemporary Tasmanian design across all the categories.
Other categories, like Emerging Designer Award and Design for Impact, recognise the potential of design to make an impact in our community, either through innovative and efficient use of materials and processes including cradle to cradle principles, or new approaches to design and design thinking that create benefit to underrepresented areas of our community.
Along with a cash prize, the Emerging Designer winner will get mentoring, studio access and other benefits.
Founded in 2006, the awards program was established to recognise excellence in design and innovation and promote emerging, established and professional Tasmanian designers both at home and abroad.
The 2019 awards celebrate the richness of the design profession as well as the insight and perseverance of its practitioners.
Design Tasmania is committed to showcasing the best new products that demonstrate the impact design has on our lives. The not-for-profit, charitable organisation located in one of Launceston’s most celebrated historic landmarks, City Park, promotes the principles of sustainability in design practice and business, and encourages designers to consider the impact of their design decisions, use of materials and processes and solutions in holistic ways.
The Design Tasmania Awards are supported by the Tasmanian and Australian federal government, as well as the Ian Potter Foundation and the Australian Council for the Arts.
This year’s awards will be judged by industry figures like Emilie Joy, Karen Webster, Damian Gentile, Tamsin O’Neill, Lucy Given, Claire Beale, Gregory Bonasera and Fiona Lehman.
The 2019 Design Tasmania Award finalists
Silk Branch + Bough neckpieces by Linda Van Niekerk
Daydreamer Set by Megan Perkins
Pebble Earrings by AM Assembly
Relic bracelet by Jane Hodgetts
Slumped Tube Necklace by Christine Hannan
Endless Earrings by Melly Frank
Pearl Beetle by Samantha Dennis
Liminal by Rengin Guner
Top Spin by Anita Dineen
The Forest Floor Earrings by Tanja von Behrens
Australian Akoya Drops by Shauna Mayben
Visible Absence by Bella Dower
muylatina by Liminal Objects
Ari & Ari Up by Brett Gray
Rebirthed Tub Chair by Isaac Williams
Cantilever Chair by Melinda Antal Design
Gnomon Shelf by MR. FRAG studios
LOFT Lounge Chair by Van.tuil
Skelestool by Exmarksthespot Design
Mile Chair by Matt Prince
Inflatable no. 6 by Richard Skinner
Tea4Two by Ray Brien
Bombora Chair by Elliot Hall
Fashion and textiles
Bill’s Backpack by Ivi Made
Hand dyed fabrics by Yolanda Zarins Textiles
Plastic Soup Dress by Seagrass Design
Hand Dyed Textiles by Yolanda Zarins
Heirloom Wrap by Kirsty Maté
Elemental by June Hope
Round Bag by Linda Fredheim
The Gumnut Pendant Lamp by S&R Design
Arch Vessels by Van Tuil
Every Day Cup by Lisa Britzman
Porcelain Vase by Mairi Ward
Finn Trivet by Nathan Freeman
Lucaido by Saint Mary O’Flynn
Squeeze by David Marsden
Merletto Piegato by Peter Bowles
Vessels by Scott van Tuil for Van.tuil
One Series Straws by Creative HKAU
Side Plate by Ben Richardson
Woodfired Pieces by Ben Richardson
Subliminal Planter by Tim Haley
Moment by Serena Rosevear
Design Portfolio by Kevin Hetebry, FOUNDRY
West Coast Brochure and Identity by Jason Little, For the People
DARK MOFO, Megan Perkins for DarkLab
ART OF MONA by David Campbell for MONA
Bread+Butter by Felix Blackman Blackman.creative