"The National Gallery of Victoria today announced that the recipient of the 2009 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award is Simone LeAmon. The prize of $30,000 was awarded to Ms LeAmon for her chair titled Lepidoptera. The multi-disciplinary designer said: "I am thrilled to accept this award and to be a part of this exhibition which draws attention to the work of outstanding Victorian designers. I can think of less than a handful of cities in the world where an exhibition of this standard could take place." "This exhibition is very diverse with a range of qualities and themes. Simone's chair combines sustainability with new and intriguing aesthetics making it a courageous and exciting design. The idea of using textile scraps from the automotive industry in a chair gives the work style and attitude. This design has a great future on an international podium," said Professor Dorst.
Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square:
12 March - 30 August."
Birdhouse designed by 3rd year product design student Paul Clark from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. LINK
"This piece of work is the result of a 'waste aware project'. The aim of the project was to give an otherwise considered waste product or material a second life by applying it to a different use. I decided to take on the challenge of the humble garden plant pot because it is a mass produced item which contributes massively to the amount of waste materials that ends up in landfill sites. The U.K alone produces 500 million plant pots every year. Its no surprise then that millions of these pots end up in landfill sites around the country. As they are made from plastic and do not biodegrade naturally they hang around for hundreds of years in landfill which is bad news for the environment. My design for a birdhouse utilizes the core function of the plant pot (to aid the growth of a living organism) and applies it to a different context.The perch is purposely shaped to look like a young flower shoot signifying growth."