Sustainable Design Gets The Big Thumbs Up

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  • Sustainable design was given a big thumbs up in Brisbane last week at the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Design Awards.

    Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Anna Bligh announced Alexander Loterzstain and Kent Gration as the winners of the inaugural awards.

    Loterzstain was presented with the $40,000 Smart State Design Fellow, while Gration received the $10,000 Emerging Design Leader award.

    Nice one boys. Great to see Queensland recognising its champions.

    The new awards program was established this year, in order to recognise excellence in design and the importance of design to the state. The program is part of the Queensland Design Strategy 2020.

    Loterzstain is the principal of derlot, a multi-discplinary design studio based in Brisbane. Throughout his remarkable design career Alex has developed products for high profile clients and has exhibited in London, Moscow, Milan, Tokyo, New York, San Fransisco and Berlin. One of his products is part of the permanent design collection at the Pompidou Museum in Paris. Alex currently collaborates with IDEE-Sputnik, Planex, Street and Garden, SIGG, COVO, Artquitect and Escofet.  Alex has won numerous awards recognising his contribution to design and his design products. He a member of the Queensland Design Council.

    Bligh said Gration displayed “an unquestionable commitment to sustainable design”. Since establishing Integration Studio in 2004, Gration’s work has been exhibited in Milan, Tokyo and New York. He specialises in environmentally-aware graphic, product and furniture design, with designs including the award-winning Costello stool and Wambamboo, a range of stylish and functional bamboo furniture.

    With the biennial Victoria’s Premier’s Design Awards held as part of the State of Design festival, and now the inaugural annual Queensland’s Premier’s Awards, it’s a shame not to see support for the design industry with the NSW Premier following suit. NSW seem to have tourism, training, wine, health, literary and history awards down pat, but NSW Design could do with the odd pat on the back.

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    References: http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/arts/qpda.html