Décor+Design Industry Event

Who won out at this years Vivid Design Competition

The largest industry event in Australia, Decor+Design (D+D) is an interior designer’s paradise, with more 10,000 people descending upon the Melbourne Convention Centre to explore the latest trends from more than 250 exhibitors.


Vivid Winner 2016 - Furntiture

Winner Furniture Category: Pinch Noir – by Bryan Cush of Sawdust Bureau 


As leaders in design innovation, D+D is an annual highlight for our team – and even more so this year, with our very own National Product Manager, Orest Hawryluk, on the judging panel for D+D’s VIVID competition. Curated by Daniel Della Riva of Latitude Group, VIVID is an opportunity for tomorrow’s innovators to showcase their work, and for the rest of the industry to gain insight on trends that will shape the future of design.

An expert on design innovation, Orest joined a judging panel of industry heavyweights to assess more than 130 entries in five award categories: Furniture, Furniture Concept, Lighting, Lighting Concept, and VIVID Colour. The judges selected 50 finalists to be showcased at D+D, with the five winning entries announced at the VIVID Award Ceremony on Friday 22 July.

With entries coming from the country’s brightest talent, selecting winners is no easy task. Orest explains the key criteria the judges used to assess entries, “We were looking at every entry with four main components in mind: Innovation, Form, Function and Viability.”

“The key things I was looking for from Furniture Concept entries was innovation in design and materials used, and execution of finished product. As I was judging furniture concept, innovation was the most important and influential criteria for me.”

After much deliberation, the winners were chosen:

Furniture: Bryan Crush, for his bench ‘Pinch Noir’

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Furniture Concept: Alexsandra Pontonio, for her shelving unitOndalé’



Lighting: Daniel Treacy, for his pendant light ‘Pylite
VIVID Colour: Daniel Treacy, for his pendant light ‘Pylite’



Lighting concept: Adam Markowitz, for his light ‘Assegai Pendant’



While each unique, the winning entries all display a careful balance between functionality, refined design and innovation – factors which we know are key for our customers. “Customers are more astute now than ever, and are looking for more artistic products and innovative approaches. While commodity items still have a place in the furniture world, the exploration of new textures and finishes along with design is breaking new grounds,” Orest says.

At the same time, customers want their innovation to be beautiful – with trends in retail and hospitality in particular leaning towards a minimal, natural aesthetic, “When it comes to retail spaces, we will continue to see white and pastel colours featuring heavily, with natural timbers.”



Vivid Class of 2016 D+D Winners. From Left, Adam Markowitz, Daniel Treacy, Daniel Della Riva, Alexsandra Pontonio, Bryan Cush.


At James Richardson Furniture, we’re committed to leading the way in design trends. Events like D+D provide a fantastic opportunity for our team to gain new insights, and share our expertise on the future of interior design.

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