The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards sustainability winners announced
The winners and commended projects of the third annual The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards have been announced in a live streamed, online ceremony held on Thursday October 21, 2021.
Ten winners and 20 commendations were selected from 129 finalists across the award’s 10 categories: Residential Architecture, Interior Design, Collaboration, Emerging Designer, Furniture Design, Handcrafted, Landscape Design, Lighting Design, Sustainable Design or Initiative, and Textile Design. Winners were each awarded a hand blown glass trophy by artist Amanda Dziedzic, and a cash prize up to $5000. ($5000 in the Residential Architecture and Interior Design categories; and $2000 in all remaining categories.)
This Sustainable Design or Initiative category seeks to award one outstanding Australian sustainable designed product, concept, idea or initiative, developed by either an individual, group or organisation. Any project which is exemplary of sustainable innovation is eligible, including functional products, furniture and lighting, as well as concepts, ideas and community initiatives with positive environmental outcomes.
In a challenging year for the creative industries, Feagins says it was remarkable to see so many high quality projects entered, including those from newly established practices.
“To see how so many creatives have risen to the challenges of 2020 and beyond is so inspiring, and to be recognised by their peers as industry leaders is a huge credit to their vision, product, and resilience,” Feagins says.
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN OR INITIATIVE
Great Wrap, The Only Australian-Made Compostable Cling Wrap
An architect and a natural winemaker quit their day jobs and teamed up to create Great Wrap. This certified home compostable cling wrap performs exactly like conventional cling wrap, except it’s made from food waste and breaks down into carbon and water in less than 180 days.
Revival Projects, Zero Footprint Repurposing initiative at Ferrars Street
On half a South Melbourne block demolished to make way for new development, Revival Projects have salvaged over 2000 lineal metres of timber beams, and are using them to manufacture furniture and joinery. This manufacturing is being completed in a workshop on-site, and items will feature in the eventual development.
Bedding and sleepwear label ettitude developed CleanBamboo – a fabric produced in a non-toxic, closed loop system that reuses water up to 200 times, recycling 98 per cent of water in the process. Compared to cotton, one set of these ettitude sheets requires just one tenth of the water to manufacture.