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All the winners from this years VIVID event

It was a bumper crop of entrants with 150+ designers entering across the five categories (Furniture Design, Object Design, Lighting Design, Concept Design, and VIVID Colour Award) for the 14th Annual VIVID Design Competition.

Our very own National Product Manager, Orest Hawryluk, again joined the judging panel for this years event, which included a wide range of quality entrants, making judging extremely hard.

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 unprecedented number of entries were received for this years competition, from which over 40 finalists were selected. The calibre of design was outstanding across all categories, including the new category for 2017 – Object Design.


“When viewed as a collection of design pieces, we feel that the finalists have produced a body of work with a distinctly Australian aesthetic, and an attention to detail that is on point. From the functional to the experimental, the designs demonstrate the diverse talent and unique personalities of Australia’s emerging designers. ”

Daniel Dalla Riva


Winner Furniture Design: ‘Nyinajimanha’, by Nicole Monks

Vivid 17 Winner Furniture Design - Nicole Monks

Inspired by a trip back on country and stories about Nicole’s Great-Grandmother’s renowned kangaroo tail stew ‘nyinajimanha’ (sitting-together) holds the narrative of bringing people together to create community, share knowledge and connect. The cultural belongings (furniture) are designed as a group of 6 chairs and 1 table to physically embody this unity.



Winner Lighting Design: ‘Ingneous’ by James Walsh & Ash Allen


Vivid 17 Winner Furniture Design - IgneousUsing Melbourne’s most iconic material, bluestone, Igneous is a byproduct of an original process that James Walsh and Ash Allen developed. By utilising the waste material of bluestone cuttings and melting it down to a molten state, Igneous naturally creates unique colours and textures to form a decorative wall light.



Winner Object Design: ‘GH Bike Rack’ by Adrian Olasau

Vivid 17 Winner Object Design - GH Bike Rack

“GH is an elegant solution for bike and helmet storage. Inspired by minimalist sculptural form, GH is as much a piece of art as it is a highly functional object. GH is made from sustainably sourced solid timber laminations. GH is finished in a natural oil/wax finish.”



Winner Concept Design: Thomas Hewitt for ‘Narvis’

Vivid 17 Winner Concept Design - Narvis by Thomas Hewitt

Originally designed as a task light, Narvis pays homage to ancient boat building techniques through Steam bending, planning and finishing. Full dimming capabilities are available at a touch via the subtle brass button on its spine. Hand crafted, Narvis combines the old, with the sleak.



Winner Colour Award: Matt Potter for ‘Habere’

Vivid 17 Winner Colour Award - Matt Potter

The development of Habere started with process driven research and the exploration of a conceptual theme; combining the engineered and the organic. Habere’s form has been informed by shapes seen in industrial components and the natural environment. Habere utilises digital fabrication and handmade processes to be produced.



Designer of the Year: Thomas Hewitt

2017 Designer of the Year - Thomas Hewitt

Orest with 2017 Designer of the Year, Thomas Hewitt and Daniel Dalla Riva


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.

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.

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