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Bombay Sapphire Finalists Announced

The top ten finalists in the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award 2011 have been announced.

Bombay Sapphire Finalists Announced


September 13th, 2011

As the end of the year approaches, it’s once again time to acknowledge some of the best work created during the last 12 months by Australia’s emerging designers with the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award 2011.

A judging panel consisting of Heidi Dokulil, Ewan McEoin, Liane Rossler, Jennifer Sanders, Terri Winter and Richard Waller chose their 10 finalists on September 8 from over 60 entries.

The 2011 finalists are as follows:

Husque Jug – Marc Harrison


Woven – Dennis Abalos


Light Garden – Alexander Fitzpatrick


Scale – Dominic Broadhurst


Dottie Coat Rack – Kristian Aus


X&Y – Flynn Talbot


Spun Lamps – Evie Group (Alexandra Gilmour/Dominic Chong)


Kids Straw Stool – Dale Hardiman


A-Joint – Henry Wilson


Cracked Log Lamp – Duncan Meerding

“Thoughtful, innovative and retrospective would be 3 words that come to mind with this year’s very diverse range of entries,” said Winter of the submissions for 2011. Compared to entries from previous years, this year’s submissions are more likely to be “things that people can produce in smaller groups, smaller amounts, or produce themselves in small facilities.”

“What I found interesting this year is the sheer breadth of the work, with an amazing range of products and designs,” said first-time judge Waller.

“One of the trends that we’re seeing with this year’s finalists is a real emphasis on craft, whether it is just the look of the actual object, or a sense of how it’s made and the process by which the work is brought to life.” Waller notes that this reflects a wider trend in the design industry, with “a lot of people returning to a more utilitarian CIY, or ’create it yourself’ design.”

The winner of the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award 2011 will receive AU$30,000 to put towards the commercialisation of their design, as well as a trip to a leading design fair – Index in Denmark, Design Miami or Interieur in Belgium. 4 runners-up will each receive $2,500 and the remaining 5 finalists will each receive $1,000.

The winners announcement will be made in Sydney on 27 October.

Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award

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