It’s our last day in Melbourne at the Decor + Design show and if you’ve been following us on twitter then you’ll have seen the photos of our sell out seminar. It’s been a great trip but before we leave Australia I wanted to leave you with my pick of the best products in the best area of the show, and for me that was VIVID:
VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) is Australia’s longest running design competition for new and emerging designers. This year at Decor + Design it showcased the work of over 80 innovative lighting & furniture designers (including students from the excellent Central Institute of Technology in Western Australia) competing for a prize pool of $10,000. In no particular order here are my favourites:
1. CLING LAMP by Megan Devenish-Krauth
Student at the Central Institute of Technology, WA – email@example.com
Inspired by origami this beautifully executed wall light, made from the Australian tree species Spotted Gum, can be installed in groups but looked equally striking as a single wall light feature. It genuinely did appear to be clinging to the wall, having paused for a moment before it continued to creep further towards the ceiling:
2. HEKSY PENDANT LIGHT by Daniel Giffin
These aluminium alloy lights had a stripped-back elegance that appealed to me. They were designed to be hung in clusters and would most certainly make a stylish statement if hung en masse:
3. CRACKED LOG PENDANT LIGHT by Duncan Meerding
Because a chunk of my trend seminar was dedicated to biophilia, our relationship with nature and natural materials, I was naturally drawn to these lights made from reclaimed timber. They emitted a pleasing warm glow through the cracks of the logs and, although I resisted, I had an almost irresistable urge to touch the bark and physically connect with these simple but stunning lights. Also check out Duncan’s STUMP cracked log table/stool design available in his shop:
4. UNDERGROWTH PENDANT LIGHT by Jackson Turner
Student at RMIT – firstname.lastname@example.org
This was a really stunning light on quite a large scale – I loved the contrast between the smooth gentle curve of the blackened aluminium dome and the carefully criss-crossed reclaimed Eucalyptus branches which were tucked underneath. This light would look so good over a dining table:
5. DIAGRID PENDANT LIGHT by Rowan Page, Marinos Drake & Ilya Fridman of Studio Batch
This talented trio were the winners of the Beacon Lighting Award (prize money of $5000). The ‘on demand’ design was 3D printed in nylon and then hand-dyed. The lights are created through computerised code which generates a unique form each time it’s printed. Their printed lights will be available to purchase via their online store soon … but in the meantime why not buy yourself a piece of their very affordable and unique 3D printed jewellery (I’m LOVING the ‘Diamond Cage Ring‘).
6. THE TREEHOUSE by Ali Sattarpanah
Student at the Central Institute of Technology, VIC – email@example.com
I LOVED this free standing piece! It presented a bonsai plant, lighting and a small storage shelf on bamboo legs. It takes inspiration from childhood treehouses – personal, secretive spaces. I liked that it combined a whimsical concept with an honest construction:
7. REYKJAVIK CABINET by Amy Perejuan-Capone
Student at the Central Institute of Technology, WA
Made from American Rock Maple, MDF, copper, brass and steel, this compact cabinet inspired by the capital of Iceland was full of character and getting lots of attention at the show. Amy describes it as a place to “tuck away or display all your special little keepsakes.” Perfect.
7. LUSTRE COFFEE TABLE by Alexandra Tyquin
Student at Swinburne University, VIC – firstname.lastname@example.org
This laser cut and manually folded coffee table in American oak, steel and sapphire glass successfully showcased the beautiful grain of the timber on a faceted platform of futuristic gloss white steel:
Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of VIVID 2014.
I’m closing this post with my 5 takeaway memories of Melbourne:
- Cool city vibe – edgy, vibrant, accepting & welcoming.
- Queues around the block at H&M!
- The best/most unusual hotel room service delivery ever = hi-vis jackets, bottle of wine & taxi fare (thanks Annette!)
- Animal print. Leopard. Lots of. No but really, what’s with all the leopard print ladies?
- The enthusiastic audience at our sell out seminar at Decor + Design.
Thanks for coming everyone!
Our special thanks to the Decor + Design show team who looked after us so well and put on an excellent show; The Langham hotel in Melbourne; Natalie; Alex&Elle for the fab graffiti wall art; Lisa Green from Australian House & Garden; Harry the Greek!