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Young Designer of the Year Award winners announced at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

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Published Friday, August 8, 2003

Three young emerging Australian designers were announced as winners in The Sydney Morning Herald's Young Designer of the Year Awards last night (Wednesday 6 August) at the launch of Sydney Design Week 2003 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney until August 17.
Using white as a starting point, entrants in this year’s Young Designer of the Year Award were asked to take a fresh look at how people unwind and relax in the home. The judges agreed the Knot Cushion had it all – relaxing, innovative and a great aesthetic.

21-year-old University of NSW Industrial Design student Lan Nguyen-Hoan was the top winner for her entry Knot Cushion, an alternative to the humble beanbag. Made from foam and covered in calico and silk ribbon, the two-metre Knot Cushion answered succinctly and with innovation the award brief to Chill Out in White.

The runner-up was twenty-four-year-old University of NSW Industrial Design graduate Shimi Barr for Scoop, a stunning and sleek ice-cream scoop with base. The aluminium Scoop has a heated base making the act of extracting cold, hard ice-cream much easier. Aside from its functionality, the judges were impressed by the Scoop’s stylish shape.

This year a Special Jury Prize was presented to Benjamin Johnston for his intriguing Tatamiorigami entry. The 29-year-old Sydney University architecture graduate was inspired by the traditional Japanese tatami mat and has created a new environment in which to relax through the use of a series of square white cushions on which you can walk, sit or recline.

The top twenty entries, including the winning designs, are now on display at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney until 17 August 03.

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