Phillip ‘Sunny’ Drury, Design Director, The20
Sunny has held a diverse range of senior positions spanning the design and advertising industry over 30 years. As a positive change agent, he passionately believes that creativity holds no boundaries, whether applied to commercial or community challenges.
He’s inspired by the power of ideas and dedicated to the principles of innovation and distinction, whether applied to pixels and paper or product design and retailing. A past board member of Design Tasmania, he lead the implementation of our revitalised brand image and the establishment of these Awards, now 10 years ago.
Lucy Given, Luc Design
Lucy has a background in interiors with over 25 years experience in the interior design industry, having lived and worked around Australia and overseas.
She has operated her own design businesses and retail stores in Tasmania, NSW and QLD. Has worked within architectural practices in Queensland and worked within the commercial and residential textile industry, both in Tasmania and interstate.
Lucy returned to Tasmania and opened her store LUC. in 2013 and relocated the business to Salamanca in 2015.
The store represents some of the most iconic design brands and has now established itself as Tasmania’s leading design store for international design.
In 2016 LUC. was awarded the IHA (International Housewares Association) Australian winner for retail housewares excellence.
In 2017 Lucy went on to win the Martin M. Pegler award for Visual Merchandising Excellence at the Global Innovations Awards in Chicago.
The store is also a Finalist in the Retailers Association of Australian best store fit out for 2017
Laura McCusker, Designer Maker
Her work is described as ‘exceptional’ by Tyler Brule (Wallpaper magazine) and her pieces have featured regularly in Australian and international interior design publications including Monocle, Monument, The Financial Times (UK & Asia), Australian Financial Review, Vogue Living and Craft Arts International, to name a few. Over her 18-year career as a designer/maker, she has been the subject of a number of TV documentaries focusing on her studio practice.
Her work has been commissioned locally by both the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and by MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and has travelled as far as the US, UK and Europe. In 2013 she won the prestigious Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design.
Her designs are instantly recognisable from the clean aesthetic and mid-century influences, and her no nonsense approach to problem solving some of the most challenging commissions has meant that demand for her work continues to increase locally, interstate and internationally.
Laura is an educator and advocate for the Visual arts, Design and Contemporary Craft sector and its community of makers. She has sat on the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board and was also Chair of its Assistance to Individuals Panel.
Fiona Lehman, Design Tasmania
Fiona is Design Tasmania’s Operations Supervisor with extensive experience in retail branding, design, and merchandising. Fiona has a BA in Visual Arts, and Postgraduate study in Printmaking and installation art.
She organised and curated over five years the Birchalls Contemporary Art Prize, promoting young people to engage with the arts. Fiona has a passion for photography and the community arts scene in Launceston.