A rare opportunity to check out the cream of the crop of Australia’s design talent, the VIVID (Vibrant Vision in Design) competition will run again this year as part of Melbourne’s Décor + Design show from July 21-24 this year.
Jeremy Lee’s ‘Lo Chair’
Australia’s longest running design competition, it’s a fabulous platform for emerging designers to garner the attention of buyers, development and production managers, interior designers and manufacturers and competition finalists are also granted a first-hand look into the inner machinations of the design industry – a fabulous learning opportunity all-round.
“VIVID 2016 aims to convey to the design industry the talent of emerging Australian designers. We aim to shine a spotlight on designers who are raising the bar in terms of innovation and design thinking,” says Daniel Della Riva, VIVID Curator. This year’s crop runs the full gamut from ultra-modern to more classic design aesthetics though a strong theme has emerged this year across the board of finalists – the use of natural timbers.
Glen Braghurst’s ‘Outdoor Chair’
A favourite finalist of ours, Glen Braghurst’s ‘Outdoor Chair’ will have you looking super chic at your next festival – made from Swedish leather that has been wrapped around a powder-coated steel frame this chair really is an object of understated beauty.
We’re also loving Richard Greenacre’s ‘Hex Table Lamp’ – the gorgeous powdery blue shade especially. This interesting design was dreamt up after the designer was inspired by a piece of hexagonal brass.
Richard Greenacre’s ‘Hex Table Lamp’
Pushing the natural theme to its limit, Gary Pennington’s ‘Groove Floor Lamp’ is made from bamboo and hand-printed hemp cloth while Jeremy Lee’s handmade ‘Lo Chair’ is a sleek low chair that features simple clean lines made from beautiful wood too.
Gary Pennington’s ‘Groove Floor Lamp’
Ryan Pennings’ ‘Percy Stool’
Competition sponsors include Dulux, GlobeWest, Pen, Design to Print, JP Finsbury and (inside)Magazine and there’s a decent amount of prize money to be won.
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