DESIGN TASMANIA AWARDS 2019

WINNERS 2019 | Design Tasmania Awards

The Design Tasmania Awards were founded in 2006 to recognise and promote excellence in design and innovation. Our aim is to promote emerging, established and professional designers in Tasmania, both nationally and internationally.

The 2019 Awards celebrate the richness of the design profession as well as the insight and perseverance of its practitioners.

This program is generously sponsored by Think BigMoorillaFoot and PlaystedDOTPeppers Silo HotelStillwater RestaurantMoo Brew and Turner Stillhouse Gin.

We are also grateful to our organisation sponsors, funders, donors and supporters. Through multi-year major funding received from the Australia Council for the ArtsArts Tasmania and The Ian Potter Foundation, backed up by our strong relationships and project grants from the Department of State Growth,  and City of Launceston we are able to pursue an ambitious and exceptional artistic program.

The recipients of this year's Design Tasmania Awards are recognised for the quality of their work and the pursuit of excellence in all that they do. 

THE JURY

(listed left to right, top to bottom)

GREGORY BONASERA | Porcelain Bear
LUCY GIVEN | LUC Design
TAMSIN O’NEILL | Green Magazine
DAMIAN GENTILE | Denfair
KAREN WEBSTER | LCI Melbourne
EMILIE JOY | Art Director
CLAIRE BEALE | Design Tasmania
FIONA LEHMAN | Design Tasmania

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Image credit: West Coast Campaign | VISUAL COMMUNICATION | supplied.

WINNER | PREMIER'S AWARD
West Coast Campaign by For The People & West Coast Council

From the Jury–  

The West Coast identity project was a clear winner for the Premier’s Design Award. A design project that successfully engages with and empowers community to drive their own narrative, co-designed with West Coast Council and 4000 community members. This is a brilliant example of Tasmanian design quietly pursuing (and achieving) the extraordinary.

Image credit (above): Ceramic Artificial Spawning Habitat for the Spotted Handfish | OBJECT DESIGN | Photo by Peter Whyte

WINNER | DESIGN FOR IMPACT AWARD
Ceramic Artificial Spawning Habitat for the Spotted Handfish by Jane Bamford & CSIRO

From the Jury–

A Uniquely Tasmanian story - highly deserving of the design for impact award, as it addresses a local issue, but provides the way for global application for collaboration. This project really starts the conversation about how we can combine craftsmanship and technology to save an endangered species.

Image credit (above): Graduate Folio by Kevin Hetebry | VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN Photo by Peter Whyte

WINNER | EMERGING DESIGNER AWARD
Graduate Portfolio by Kevin Hetebry for FOUNDRY

From the Jury–

Graduate portfolios can be challenging to assess, because of the different types of briefs developed throughout their studies, however Hetebry’s portfolio was consistently outstanding. This talented designer executed every project at top tier level, with an ability to design distinctively different campaigns for each client, whilst retaining a strong handwriting. We’re excited to see what the future holds for this emerging designer.

Image credit (above): Disc Bowl by Ridgeline Pottery | OBJECT DESIGN 
Photo by Peter Whyte

WINNER | RETAIL AWARD
Disc Bowl by Ridgeline Pottery

From the Jury–

You know you’re onto a winner when every jury member wanted to purchase this! A highly resolved, unpretentious and considered response to tableware design that allows food to just ‘pop’ in its presentation. Beautifully simple and functional, universally appealing and covetable, from a globally recognised, leading artisan studio.

WINNER | ACQUISITIVE AWARD
LOFT Lounge Chair by Van.Tuil

From the Jury–

Scott van Tuil’s practice has developed at an astounding pace, as an emerging designer he has consistently won major awards and important commissions for his work. The LOFT lounge chair has all the hallmarks of a design icon, and is a worthy addition to the Design Tasmania Wood Collection.

CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS

Image credit (above): Pearl Beetle by Samantha Dennis | JEWELLERY DESIGN
Photo by Peter Whyte

WINNER | JEWELLERY AWARD
Pearl Beetle by Samantha Dennis 

From the Jury–

A beautiful, finely crafted piece that had every jury member lining up to order! Wonderfully marrying porcelain, baroque pearls and oxidised silver, the Pearl Beetle is a highly collectable and unique work.

Image credit (above): Bill's Backpack by Ivi Made | FASHION & TEXTILES DESIGN
Photo by Peter Whyte

WINNER | FASHION & TEXTILES AWARD
Bill's Backpack by Ivi Made

From the Jury–

A strong entry in this new category for the Design Tasmania Awards. The design and execution of Bills Backpack has some innovative elements, such as the clever closing mechanism and attention to streamlining production time to achieve a cost effective product.  Great use of kangaroo leather to ensure a long-lasting, sustainable product.

Image credit (above): Loft Lounge Chair by Van.Tuil | FURNITURE DESIGN
Photo by Peter Whyte

WINNER | FURNITURE DESIGN AWARD
LOFT Lounge Chair by Van.Tuil

From the Jury– 

A beautiful sculptural chair that combines comfort and elegance expressed in high quality craftsmanship and good design. The silhouette is very grounded, and combined with the swivel base provides moments of delight and fluidity. There is huge commercial appeal and potential for this work, as it has already been part of significant commercial and domestic projects.

Image credit (above): Subliminal Planter by Tim Haley | OBJECT DESIGN
Photo by Peter Whyte

WINNER | OBJECT DESIGN AWARD
Subliminal Planter by Tim Haley

From the Jury– 

A simple and elegant concept that uses a floating impression ensure an uninterrupted shadow line. The high fired porcelain used provides quality and functionality, demonstrating a skilled execution by the maker. As part of a new product range, the jury are excited to see how this series will evolve to include other profiles and glazes.

Image credit (above): West Coast Campaign | VISUAL COMMUNICATION | supplied.

WINNER | VISUAL COMMUNICATION AWARD
West Coast Campaign by For The People & West Coast Council

From the Jury–

The Visual Communication category was a new addition in 2019, and the calibre of entries was outstanding. The West Coast identity project, co-designed with West Coast Council and more than 4000 community members captures the quirkiness of the unique  location and the strength of its people. The beautifully executed brand package, with the focus on creating a toolkit of elements available for community was a standout for the jury.MEDIA CONTACT

Design Tasmania is pleased to announce this finalists across the category awards. With a record number of entries being received as well as all new categories, this year’s finalists are a dynamic representation of excellence in Tasmanian design.

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EXHIBITION | 30th November 2019– 5th January 2020
GALA | 6pm Friday November 29th, 2019

FASHION & TEXTILES
• Merino Magnet Button Brooch by Smitten
• Organic Linen Vessel by Lisa Haas
• Bill’s Backpack by Ivi Made
• Plastic Soup Dress by Seagrass Design
• Hand Dyed Textiles by Yolanda Zarins
• Heirloom Wrap by Kirsty Maté
• Elemental by June Hope

FURNITURE DESIGN
• LOFT Lounge Chair by Van.tuil
• Inflatable no. 6 by Richard Skinner
• Tea4Two by Ray Brien
• muylatina by Liminal Objects and Vicki West
• Cantilever Chair by Melinda Antal Design
• Gnomon Shelf by MR. FRAG studios
• Rebirthed Tub Chair by Isaac Williams
• Ari & Ari Up by Design in Timber (Tas)
• Mile Chair by Matt Prince
• Skelestool by Exmarksthespot Design
• Bombora Chair by Elliot Hall

JEWELLERY DESIGN
• Silk Branch + Bough neckpieces by Linda Plus Originals
• 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
• Linea 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

OBJECT DESIGN
• Spotted Handfish Ceramic Artificial Spawning Habitat by Jane Bamford and CSIRO
• Round Bag by Linda Fredheim
• The Gumnut Pendant Lamp by S&R Design
• Arch Vessels by Van Tuil
• Every Day Cup by Lisa Britzman
• Small Porcelain Vase by Mairi Ward
• Finn Trivet by Nathan Freeman
• Lucaido by St. Mary O’Flynn
• Squeeze by David Marsden
• Merletto Piegato by Glass Manifesto
• One Series Straws by Creative HKAU
• Raised Side Plate by Ridgeline Potery
• Woodfired Series by Ridgeline Pottery
• Subliminal Planter by Tim Haley
• Moment by Serena Rosevear

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
• 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 for Blackman.creative

CATEGORIES & PRIZES



Thank you to our sponsors: Think BigMoorilla WinesFoot and PlaystedDesigned Objects TasmaniaPeppers Silo HotelStillwaterTurner Stillhouse Gin and Moo Brew.