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The answer? Mentorship.Supporting continuing excellence is something that is very much at the core of Schiavello, one of Asia Pacific’s most-active suppliers of high-performing and highly-anticipated design products to the international market. It is little wonder, then, that Schiavello has joined Launch Pad as the Official Partner of the program, extending their influence in the design space to assist tomorrow’s talent. After all, talent is one thing – but knowledge is something else all together! Providing market insight, training, product development techniques and the latest research and development into industrial design, Launch Pad provides its winners each year with a journey to take a prototype all the way through to production, promising to make a splash in the market both on these shores and those abroad. Returning in 2018 alongside a stellar lineup of Asia and Australia’s top architects, designers, suppliers, advocates and academics, Schiavello is proud to present the winner of this year’s Launch Pad competition, announced in Singapore for the annual INDE.Awards.
Presenting the winner of Launch Pad 2018:
Yeo YiliangEmpathy (pictured) is a coin bank, designed by Yeo Yiliang, that encourages the user to empathise with those in need. An internal separator splits the coins into personal savings (the opaque area of ABS and brass) and a charitable amount (glass base). Once the personal savings area is filled, additional coins will fall into the charitable area suggesting that once you have enough, you can afford to provide to others. The design was inspired by Zakat – the Islamic practice of almsgiving. Yiliang’s hope is that Empathy will encourage mutual understanding between religions. Beyond this, the prototype was praised for its considerate approach to humanising solutions to Asia Pacific’s rapidly expanding population and opaque levels of poverty. According to our jury, Empathy “comes from a place of pure consideration”, and elevates the qualities of design to truly make material change in the world, in our community, and ultimately in the welfare of another individual.
Honourable Mention for Launch Pad 2018:
Launch Pad is part of the INDE.AwardsHeld on June 22nd in Singapore, the INDE.Awards Gala is dedicated to celebrating outstanding architecture and design across the Asia-Pacific region. This year, with over 400 entries, the calibre of projects, people, products and ideas push the industry to new frontiers, actively creating a better world through a narrative of excellence. Launch Pad provides an important leveraging point in this context insofar as it quite literally places tomorrow’s inspiring talent on the very same stage with today’s leading luminaries. The INDE.Awards program is curated specifically to commemorate projects on the region’s own terms and not by the terms of the worlds other design centres, addressing sectors of design with significant and increasing relevance to the globe’s most populous region.
Congratulations to Yeo Yiliang, winner of Launch Pad 2018 and Dan Layden, this year’s runner-up. Indesign Media wishes to congratulate all shortlisted Launch Pad nominees for their creativity, ingenuity and design bravery.
We also wish to thank Schiavello, Launch Pad’s Official Partner, for helping to nurture the future of our industry and placing Asia-Pacific design on the global stage.abc
The Prodigy People’s Choice Award 2018 is presented to David Nuestein and Grace Mortlock from Other Architects/OtherothersThe practice of architecture and design is generally assumed to be stable and defined because of the apparent immobility and solidity of structures. However, as the social, cultural, economical and environmental implications surrounding the A+D industry are in a continual flux, Other Architects is committed to engage in ethical speculation of the future as a response to the needs of the present. As its name suggests, Other Architects is an architecture firm inspired by the idea of the ‘other’ – one that attempts to seek out ‘other’ solutions at the core of its practice. The unpopular, the contrary, the out-dated or the alternate are solutions that are often shied away. But adopted in the right manner, and it frees design from the predominant focus on novelty. Additionally, otherothers is a parallel design organisation that undertakes research, competitions, events, exhibitions and communication – operating beyond the scope of conventional design; the focus is on incorporating design culture with urbanism and public engagement. By exploring ‘other’ paths and possibilities, other Architects director David Neustein and Grace Mortlock manages change by ethically – and creatively – accommodating uncertainty. Both directors are involved with curating university programs, contributing to design magazines worldwide and have participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale because of their ability to challenge conventional wisdom, popular opinion and architectural trends. “We realised that we were tired of seeing architecture that dominated its setting like the loudest person at the party. We have since decided that want to design not the foreground, but the background. That is easier said than done. It is much easier to make something loud or complicated than humble and refined.” – Grace Mortlock, director of Other Architects.
INDE.Awards 2018 GalaCommemorating skilful creativity across the Asia Pacific region, the calibre of over 400 entries for the INDE.Awards this year sets a new benchmark for diverse and dynamic design – on the region’s own terms and not by the terms of the worlds other design centres. Pushing the industry to new frontiers, people, projects, products, and ideas address sectors of design with significant and increasing relevance to the globe’s most populous region.
Cosentino Proudly Sponsors 2018 The Prodigy AwardA true prodigy itself, Cosentino partnered up with the INDE.Awards to honour individuals from the APAC region, who sparks trends and thinks differently; whose work pushes the boundaries of design beyond expectations. Cosentino Group is a family-owned Spanish company that manufactures and distributes high value innovative surfaces to the A+D industry worldwide. With over 20 facilities controlled and managed by the group, they are currently distributing their products and brands to over 80 countries. Relinquishing challenges and flexible to constant changes, Cosentino Group approaches the market with a focus on solving the problems of today while anticipating (and addressing) the problems of tomorrow. Over decades, the company has risen to the forefront of the industry by demonstrating a bold, resilient spirit that sets them apart from their competitors. With a strong emphasis on R+D in a future-oriented design process, Cosentino is admired for its ability to predict the upcoming wants and needs of the global market. With the priority of “innovating with responsibility” at its backbone, Cosentino Group is an exemplar sponsor for The Prodigy category of this year’s INDE.Awards.
Cosentino + Indesign Media Congratulate the Shortlisted Nominees and Grace Mortlock and David Neustein for Winning The Prodigy People’s Choice Award 2018.abc
Typography by Studio Truly Truly for Rakumba
Typography recently won Best International Product at Denfair and it’s easy to see why. The new lighting system by Netherlands-based Studio Truly Truly for Rakumba is simply stunning. It comprises seven different lighting fixtures that can be configured in any way along a thin rail. Other rails can also be added either horizontally or vertically to the central axis, resulting in different formations, from wall sconce to chandelier. The designers were inspired by the way characters form words and so each configuration reads as a language of sorts, expressing the individual’s personal style and taste.[gallery size="large" ids="76624,76636,76623"] rakumba.com.au Photography by Haydn Cattach Styling by Marsha Golemac Filigrana by Sebastian Wrong for Established and Sons at Living Edge Sebastian Wrong returned to Established and Sons last year as Design Director and has recently overseen the launch of the British brand’s newest furniture collection. The range features five products, including the Filigrana light that Sebastian designed himself. It comes in four different shapes and three colour options and is distinct for its striped pattern, which playfully references boiled lollies. Most impressive, Filigrana is handmade from Venetian glass, using a method that originated from Murano. Its surface is acid etched and really does represent the best of traditional craftsmanship, with each mouth-blown piece a truly unique form. livingedge.com.au Standley by Jon Goulder for Rakumba Jon Goulder’s Standley bollard and wall sconce are rugged statement pieces that reference the beauty of Australia’s landscape and contemporary architecture. The lines are crisp and each form is monumental and for this reason, both are well suited to indoor or outdoor settings. While the wall sconce’s facade is gently illuminated, the freestanding bollard is lit across both sides. However, Standley’s most striking attribute is its hard-wearing material palette, with the facades available in oiled weathering steel, Bluestone, Carrera marble and powder coated options. rakumba.com.au Photography by Haydn Cattach Leggero floor lamp by Nicholas Fuller Leggero debuted at Local Milan no 3 during this year’s Salone del Mobile Milano and was then launched in Australia at Denfair. Its pared back minimalist aesthetic belies the complexity of the internal componentry and machining, which are manufactured to the highest level. In concept, Leggero references early weighing instruments with its fine tolerance and accuracy and easily changeable height, achieved by adjusting the product’s counterweighted pivoting arm. Adelaide-based emerging designer Nicholas Fuller is a name to watch and this piece proves his fine attention to detail and inherent understanding of craftsmanship. [gallery size="large" ids="76629,76630,76631"] nicholasfuller.com.au We think you might also like Café Lighting Designabc
Presenting the Winner of the 2018 Living Space INDE.Award:
Room Without a Roof, HYLA ArchitectsIt’s with this celebration of great design and designers in mind that we proudly announced the 2018 winner of the Living Space award. While we received an undeniably high calibre of entries for this coveted award, and the shortlist alone showcased a range of varied, inspired designs, it was ultimately Singapore’a Room Without Roof designed by HYLA Architects that won over our judges. A huge congratulations is in order for what is a huge success of a living space. The house takes the form of a two-storey brick home, having the archetypal form of a gable-roofed house with an unusual twist – part of the form is actually an external courtyard that contains a swimming pool. This ‘room without a roof’ became the central focus of the design, and blurring the distinction between inside and out. It also gives the house privacy by controlling the views both from and to the house. The swimming pool itself extends beyond the house, reaching into the landscape. Internally, smaller pockets of green continue the blurring of the inside and outside. The staircase is a cantilevered structure with a triangular section facing a tiered landscape wall, and the attic lounge has its own planting strip and is a continuation of the courtyard space vertically. The inspired continuity in the structure and landscape is a method of immersing humanity into nature. This project re-examines the relationship of a house with its external surroundings. It shows that you can have a richness of space with a very simple form. Typically, external spaces are outside the form. By making the space inside external, the result is a blurring of the boundary between internal and external spaces and celebrate the life lived outside.
Pittugala, Palinda Kannangara ArchitectsThe Artist Retreat at Sri Lanka’s Pittugala, designed by Palinda Kannangara Architects, takes home our highly commended recognition for so many reasons. A relatively low budget and a brief from two contemporary artists to create a multi-use residence, work space, art storage space and gallery is a tough ask, but the resulting design is a living space that inspires and surprises. The architecture serves as a backdrop to the artists’ simple lifestyle, offering a close connection to the natural environment. The entire ground floor has the feeling of garden pavilions, roofed but open to the natural environment. These spaces act as work and gallery areas, lacking doors and windows. The ground floor comprises the living space, dining-cum-studio area, as well as a kitchen and garage. The upper floor contains the more private and secure spaces of the residence: three bedrooms and a rooftop lily pond, which serves as a meditative zone. This is design that shows that a living space need not just be for living – but for creating and experiencing the beauty of life.
The Living Space INDE.Award is Proudly Presented by GaggenauNo great home is complete without a great kitchen. In many ways the heart of home – a kitchen is a place to create, to reflect and to appreciate what makes a house a home. For Gaggenau, the world’s oldest kitchen appliance brand at 335 years young, the inherent enjoyment and luxury experience of cooking, has always been at the heart of their unique approach to product design. For more than three centuries, Gaggenau has been a key driver for change in the design of kitchen appliances: uniting the best in modern technology and high-quality materials; uniting the best in streamlined functional design and svelte architectural forms; The brand understands that the kitchen is – and will always be – the emotional core of the home. Which is why when it came to partnering for the 2018 INDE.Awards Living Space category, there was no one to look to but Gaggenau. They’ve seen kitchens evolve over three centuries, and know better than most what makes a Living Space truly inspired.
The INDE.Awards 2018 GalaFor the 2018 INDE.Awards, we wanted to truly honour all that’s terrific about our region. From the event in Singapore, to the satellite celebrations across the Asia Pacific, this was about creating a bigger and better event than our first year. Australia and the Asia Pacific’s best came together to celebrate great design, which is what Indesign Media Asia Pacific is all about. The event was launched last year with the intent of recognising Asia Pacific’s most exciting and forward thinking design on the global stage – and promoting our region as a true design hots pot globally. Our many contexts are unique, and so are the designs that respond to them. The INDE.Awards are the new benchmark for design accolades across our diverse and dynamic region, and we were thrilled to play host to the great design and designers once again. Living Spaces are areas we do much more than simply exist in. They’re areas for contemplation, relaxation, creation and more. This year’s INDE.Awards saw a showcase of the various kinds of beauty we can experience in varied living spaces. We thank our sponsor Gaggenau and give sincere congratulate all shortlisted entries, and a huge round of applause to our very deserving gold medal winners HYLA Architects, who show that a living space is truly a space for life.
Indesign Media and Gaggenau Congratulate HYLA Architects and Palinda Kannangara Architects on the Best Living Spaces of Asia Pacific in 2018abc
The Building award is granted to a project that facilitates architecture of the future and its ability to respond to place-specific, cultural needs.The INDE.Awards are about assessing Asia Pacific’s designers and designs on the regions own terms, and not the terms of the world’s other design centres. Categories in the awards this year address sectors of design with significant and increasing relevance to the Asia Pacific region, thereby enhancing the fortitude of the awards as a barometer of progressive design around APAC. Celebrating talent across the region and with over 400 entries, the diverse range of projects, people, products and ideas push the industry to new frontiers.
The 2018 Building Award is presented by CULT.CULT partnered up with the INDE.Awards to present The Building award to a project from the Asia-Pacific region that personifies the future of architecture with a response to its local place, cultural necessities, and sustainability. Established in 1997, CULT’s collection of brands celebrates architectural thinking, but at a slightly smaller scale. While not building designers, they provide a combination of high-level customer service and exceptional designer furniture. Being a leading purveyor of the best in international design, quality, authenticity and craftsmanship are fundamental to the CULT offering – without any compromises. The aim for CULT goes beyond just selling and providing furniture - they also enrich the Australian design culture by investing in local communities, artists, designers and architects. With these attributes, CULT is the most suitable partner for The Building Award.
2018 ‘The Building’ Award is presented to:
krakani-lumi by Taylor and Hinds ArchitectsThe act of architectural storytelling is important to the building of spaces that convey sincere and expressive messages. Narrative architecture generally derives from an introspective exploration of a client’s mission or passion, the building’s prospective function, the site context and often its place in history. Located 240km away from the south of the Australian mainland, Tasmania is known worldwide for its national parks – 42 percent of which are deemed protected by the World Heritage Sites in recognition of their unique natural and cultural values. Designed for, and entirely owned and operated by the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, krakani-lumi translates to a ‘place of rest’. With modernistic features using local and cultural symbolism, the self-sustaining camp serves as a two-night stopover for a four-day guided walk through the ethnic landscape of Tasmania’s North-East National Park. The project commenced as a result of two architects who were exposed to the vast midden that forms an entire promontory of coastline – ‘human-made over countless millennia.’ As an initiation to the spiritual and cultural aspect of the landscape, that was passed through an accumulation of cultural knowledge and wisdom, the project served as the perfect means to tell a story. Here, materiality, structure, form and detail become the vehicle to impart the message, distinctly as a means to retell a story of the landscape’s creation. Upon arrival, the charred Tasmanian timber on the exterior resembles a series of dark pavilions that camouflage into the dense banksia. Robust, concisely detailed and equipped with materials that are resilient to sea-salt, configuration of the standing camp derived from the site and qualities of traditional seasonal shelters of Tasmania’s first people. Each ‘building’ exposes a ‘barren half-domed blackwood-lined surface’, supplemented with wallaby fur and the aroma of Maleleuca ericifolia (a flower locally sourced, that was traditionally used to aid sleep) – a method of using the interior to hone what the surrounding landscape has to offer. Portraying how the terrain’s depth and history enlivened the area centuries ago, amplifies the experience. Concealing and revealing cultural experiences rooted in the landscape of Tasmania was an important rationale for the design narrative.
Congratulations to Taylor and Hinds Architects, Winner of The Building Award!
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Highly Commended ‘The Building’ Award
Marina One, by Ingenhoven Architects with Architects 61At present, more than half the population of the world live in cities. In the next three decades, that number is projected to increase by 20 per cent (http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/world-urbanization-prospects-2014.html) . Inspired by global considerations on human migration and the aim of being an international role model for living and working, Marina One is a high-density building complex that integrates a variety of different uses and functions - spanning over 400,000 square-meters. Marina Bay, located by the entrance of the Singapore River, was a port established over two centuries ago. The island’s constant population increase has prompted the architecture and construction industry to respond to a high demand of homes and services. Projects such as the Marina One are built for the future - with four high-rise buildings accommodating for offices, residential and retail functions, as well as places that can be used for other social interactions. Providing a living space that coexists with nature, there was a 125 per cent increase in the usable area of the original site surface area. Underpinning the intention of the project, a shared central space (the “Green Heart) is the result of the geometry of the building and facilitates natural ventilation, generating an agreeable ‘microclimate’. The shared public space that extends over several levels is the largest public landscaped area in the Marina Bay Central Business District of Singapore. Containing over 350 types of trees and plants, the landscape architecture resembles a green valley with natural variations in weather conditions according to level.
"Inspired by Asian paddy field terraces, the green centre formed by the four towers – with its multi-storey three-dimensional gardens – reflects the diversity of tropical flora and creates a new habitat.” – Ingenhoven ArchitectsAll four buildings are related to one another, in an architectural and material sense. The harmonious atmosphere, with lots calm and earthy bronze shades, inspired the colour scheme and material palette within the interior. The project is part of a master plan that will continue to develop – and when it does, Marina One will act as an anchor, centralising the Bay area.