A flat-packed stool made from recycled timber scooped the top prize at the ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Awards 2014 on Friday 29 August.
William Nicholson’s Flat Pack Stool was selected from nearly 100 entries as the Supreme Award winner. The stool is easily transportable and easy to assemble, with precision-cut timber retaining the pressure once put together, eliminating the need for fastenings. The industrial design graduate from Massey University received $3000 prize money.
“The opportunity of exposure and recognition within New Zealand’s design community is priceless and an exciting milestone as my design career begins,” says Nicholson.
The Runner-up Award of $1000 went to Nicole Wesseling from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design for her Japanese-inspired clothing collection, Zen. Wesseling also took out the ECC People’s Choice Award, which came with an additional $1000 prize money.
Both winners will have the opportunity to display their work at Urbis Designday 2015.
The annual awards was run by the Friends of the Dowse, who have worked to support the careers of designers and artists for more than 25 years. Winners, as well as the 12 finalists, will have their work shown at The Dowse Art Museum, where the awards’ evening was held, from 30-31 August.
The 2014 judges were: Richard Crane from ECC, furniture designer Tim Wigmore, Fiona Campbell from the Real Art Roadshow, director of The Dowse Courtney Johnston and our very own editor Kirsten Matthew.
The Highly Commended Awards went to: Rowan Baker for Drum+able (AUT); Nikolai Sorenson for Under Cover Camper (AUT); Glenn Catchpole for Strap Chair (Massey); Fraser Calloway and Oliver Ward for Co-nnection Desk (Massey); Llyr Williams and Katie McFarland for Assemble (Massey); Anna Hicks for Metamorphostitch (Massey); Sandra Schmid for Nearly a Diamond (Whiteria); Sandra Schmid for Shelter (Whitirea); Chloe Rose Taylor for Everyday Armour (Whitirea); James Irvine for Aoki Pendant (Victoria); Adam Ben-Dror for 100 Grams (Victoria); Joe Levy for JL002 Stool (Victoria); Marvin Reber for Bunker RakerTM (Unitec).