Our region’s design on the global stage.
Our region’s design on the global stage.
Over 400 projects, people, products and ideas were submitted for the 2017 INDE. Awards, demonstrating the strength and prowess of architects and designers across the Asia Pacific region.
Our esteemed jury have hand-picked this section, truly believing that each submission pushes our industry to new frontiers, propelling our region’s leading design-thinkers onto the global stage.
The 2017 INDE.Awards are proudly brought to you by our
Platinum Partner, Zenith Interiors and our Gold Partners, Sunbrella and Tongue N Groove.
Click below to see the short listed entries for each category.
Powered by Indesign Media’s broad network, INDE will enjoy unparalleled reach through multi-platform exposure in the Asia Pacific region, and beyond. INDE. is set to become the premier awards program for the region, avoiding the overdone and tired tone one finds with so many other awards.
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Authenticity and innovation has always been at the heart of the Launch Pad program. For over a decade, Launch Pad has provided the local and international design community with a vital avenue to nurture and applaud original design.
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Asia Pacific’s most progressive buildings, spaces, objects, proposals and people. We award those who break barriers and do great things.
The grand prize of the night, The Building is awarded to a project that advances architecture and its capacity to respond to place-specific currents.
Whether architect, designer or modern hybrid, this award honours the studio that thinks forward, creates voraciously and changes perceptions.
The workplace is social and cultural, as much as it is functional. This award honours a workspace design that meets the demands of work and the needs of people.
Homestead, shophouse or apartment tower, to live well is to respond to one’s place. We award the region’s most inspiring home – one that dwells thoughtfully and sensitively.
Some of the most impressive spaces are those where people interact and play. We honour a space that tells a relevant story, captures the imagination, and brings people together.
Not all objects are created equal. We look at how they function, what they signify, and how they fit with the human body. We award the region’s finest in modern industrial design.
The Launch Pad program provides our design community with a vital avenue to nurture and celebrate original, authentic and innovative emerging design, thus supporting and cultivating the careers of those product designers involved.
How does design change our world for the better? The Influencer is a person, product or project that represents how design impacts the region and the world at large. The Influencer demonstrates what progressive design can do to improve the world.
Forget following trends; this award honours someone who sparks them. The Prodigy sees no distinction between design disciplines. Vote for your wunderkind. People’s choice nominees will be announced 9 December 2016 and voting opens 12 December 2016.
Whether casting a long shadow across many disciplines or excelling ahead of the pack in one, The Luminary recognises the ongoing contribution of one icon to our industry. It’s your choice.People’s choice nominees will be announced 9 December 2016 and voting opens 12 December 2016.
In order to showcase the best of the best, we’re relying on the careful curatorial eye of a prestigious judging panel.
Powered by their insights, the INDE.Awards will light up the design world.
Writer, Editor, Public Speaker. McGillick Consulting
Dr Paul McGillick is a prominent, Sydney-based writer and editor, specialising in the fields of architecture, art and design.
In a past life, Paul served as Editorial Director at Indesign Media for over a decade. He is the author of a number of architecture and design books, has edited and contributed to numerous other books and written innumerable essays and articles. He has contributed to leading newspapers such as the Australian Financial Review, and magazines both in Australia and Internationally, as well as having carved a career in radio and TV art, drama, and documentaries.
Paul has also worked in the area of corporate communications, both through his own consultancy and with management training companies, using his background as a trained linguist. As an applied linguist, he taught and researched for almost twenty years at the University of Sydney.
Founder & CEO. Indesign Media
Rajesh Nandan is the Founder, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the design industry’s premier regional media house, Indesign Media Asia Pacific. After acquiring his first magazine at the age of 22 in 1993, Raj continued to launch a suite of magazine titles throughout the 90s which would become the foundation for his boutique publishing house in 2000 under the flagship title, Indesign. In 2010, the company moved further throughout Asia with digital and print titles in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong – including welcoming India to the fold in the very near future. The root of his success lies in Raj being a very early proponent of the potential for digital platforms to support our region’s creative talent.
Having enjoyed an extensive media reach throughout more than 41 countries in the region over the past 16 years, Indesign Media has also built significant partnerships with the architecture, design and media communities of Europe and the United States. With this truly global presence, Indesign Media works in collaboration with such initiatives as the Clerkenwell Design Week, the Authentic Design Alliance, NAWIC, Red Dot Design, The British Council, Good Design Australia and Architonic, among others. As a result of such international architecture and design media preeminence, Raj founded the design program Launch Pad to further bolster the region’s young designers to achieve commercial realisation.
With print and digital assets under the brands of Indesign, Habitus, Cubes, Lookbox, Architecture & Design, and DQ, the international design world collaborates with Indesign Media through experiential events throughout the region – inspiring the design communities in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Singapore, Hong Kong in previous years and Indonesia in the years ahead.
Raj has since lent is curatorial eye for several boards and juries including the RedDot Design Awards Judging Panel, the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, the Advisory Board for Emergency Architects Australia, and is also an Ambassador for Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific, an Official Judge for the International Design Awards Los Angeles, and for the Good Design Awards Australia.
2017 marks an important milestone for Indesign Media’s history. Over 3 years in the making, the INDE.Awards launches this year as the latest example of Indesign Media’s commitment to unflagging industry stewardship.
Design Editor. Australian Financial Review
Australian born and raised, after graduating from Swinburne University of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Studies, Stephen began his work life as a research sociologist for the Health Department of Victoria in the mid-1980s. In 1990, in a quest to expand his cultural and geographical horizons, he moved to Paris, France where he would remain for the ensuing two decades. There, he began contributing essays on art, fashion, architecture and design to newspapers that have included The New York Times, The Guardian, The Australian and Le Monde, and for magazines including Blueprint, Wallpaper*, British Elle Decor and American Vogue.
Founders. Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are the Founding Partners of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary international architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China, with an additional office in London, UK. Neri&Hu are named Maison&Objet Asia Designers of The Year 2015 and Wallpaper* Designer of The Year 2014. In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame. Their practice was the 2011 INSIDE Festival Overall Winner, won AR Awards for Emerging Architecture in 2010 by Architectural Review and one of the Design Vanguards in 2009 by Architectural Record.
Other than architectural professionals, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu have been actively involved in teaching and research. They have been invited to speak, exhibit and judge for many prestigious events and programs all over the world.
Lyndon Neri and Rossana are also founders of Design Republic, a modern design platform incorporating retail concept, design/ cultural exhibitions and educational events.
Besides award-winning architecture and interiors, Neri&Hu have designed products for brands including Classicon, Fritz Hansen, Gandia Blasco, JIA, LEMA, MOOOI, Nanimarquina, Parachilna, Poltrona Frau S.p.A., Porro, Stellar Works, Wallpaper* Handmade, Meritalia, BD Barcelona Design, neri&hu, among many others. In 2015, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu were appointed Creative Directors of Stellar Works.
Mr. Neri received his Master of Architecture at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Architecture at UC Berkeley. Ms. Hu received her Master of Architecture and Urban Planning at Princeton University and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley.
Designer. Stephen Burks Man Made
Stephen Burks is both a traveler and a designer.
Stephen is one of the most recognized American industrial designers of his generation. Independently and through association with the non-profits Aid To Artisans, Artesanias de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa and the Nature Conservancy, Stephen has worked as a product development consultant in Australia, Colombia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa and Senegal. Stephen believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His Man Made project bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design.
In 2011, Stephen had two museum exhibitions in New York City. ‘Stephen Burks Man Made’, his first solo New York museum show, opened at the Studio Museum of Harlem in March 2011 and ‘Stephen Burks Are You A Hybrid’, his first curatorial project, opened at the Museum of Art & Design
He is a recipient of the Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Professional Achievement Award, the Brooklyn Museum Young Modernist Award, the Architektur & Wohnen Audi Mentor Prize and the 2008 United States Artists Architecture & Design Target Fellowship Grant.
Stephen Burks is the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award winner in Product Design.
Founder. Carr Design Group
Sue Carr is the founder and Principal Director of Carr, a multidisciplinary design practice representing over 40 years of influential work. Since co-founding her first interior design firm in 1971, Sue’s name has been synonymous with Australian design.
In an enviable career that continues to push conventional boundaries, Sue’s resolute commitment to the promotion of design has won her many awards. Most notably her recognition as one of Australia’s most influential women in the AFR Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ award and in 2010, Australia’s highest interior design accolade, the Interior Design Excellence Awards Gold Medal for Interior Design.
Sue’s work as a practitioner and indefatigable educator has been instrumental in redefining interior design; not simply as an afterthought but as a core discipline and vital component of architecture. She approaches every project with the belief that design has the power to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Architect. Utzon Architects
Being the son of Opera House designer Jørn Utzon, it’s no surprise that Jan Utzon grew up with architecture as the main theme of influence during his childhood. Having studied architecture in both Sydney and Copenhagen, Jan graduated in 1970 and begun what would come to be a legendary architecture career in Denmark and aborad.
After founding Utzon Architects with his father, Jan and the firm went on to win a competition to design the new National Assembly Complex in Kuwait. Never one to rest, during a brief pause in the development of this project, Jan went on to work in Honolulu, and become registered as an architect in Hawaii.
From 1976 Jan and Utzon Architects have been involved in a wide variety works in Denmark, including the Paustian House in Copenhagen and the Skagen Odde Nature Centre in the north of Jutland, as well as numerous international projects.
Jan’s passion for great design extends to a passion for making design for the better of the world, particularly in developing countries. Working for the Tvind concern, Jan designed the Shamva in Zimbabwe, the headquarters for the Humana People to People organisation, and the training and conference centre at San Juan de las Pulgas near Ensenada in Mexico.
Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross is one of the Australian entertainment industry’s true multi-talented performers. He’s had unprecedented success in stand-up comedy, radio, acting, writing, presenting, music and more recently as a social commentator.
In recent years, Tim has been active in spreading his enthusiasm for design and architecture with audiences all across the country. This year he will be presenting the two-part series Streets of Your Town (ABC), exploring the buildings, histories and stories behind Australia’s suburbs.
It was in 2013 that Tim unleashed his talents into this new, uncharted territory with his unique stand-up show ‘Man about the House’. The show mixes storytelling, stand-up comedy, design, history and music, and travels to sell-out audiences in iconic, modernist houses and buildings across Australia, New Zealand and the United States – including Sydney’s Harry Seidler Penthouse during the 2015 Spectrum Festival. The unique show won the prestigious National Trust Award in 2014. This year, Man about the House has seasons in Venice in the Australian Pavilion for the Architecture Biennale and for the London Architecture Festival.
This interest in architecture has led to Tim speaking at The 50’s and 60’s House Symposium (Museum of Sydney) Home Series talks (Government House), Sydney Design Week, and he has recently become the ambassador for The Historic Houses Trust Sydney Open. In 2012 he became a member of Creative Services Advisory Committee for the Historic Houses Trust. If that weren’t already enough, Tim also happens to be an accomplished writer, championing all things architecture and design for established publications like Habitus Magazine, Smith Journal, Rolling Stone, The (Sydney) Magazine, Men’s Style Australia as well as his best-seller Mum Had a Kingswood (2010) and The Rumpus Room (2016, forthcoming).
Ee Mun is senior associate at WOHA, a regional design practice based in Singapore. He has been associated with WOHA since 2002 as project leader for key residential, commercial, conservation, institutional and hospitality projects.
Having been acknowledged by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Singapore as a leading young architect in “20 under 45: The Next Generation”, Ee Mun is helping shape Singapore’s urbanscape and policy for the future on the invitation of Singapore’s statutory boards. He is engaged in academia as a visiting design tutor, lecturer and external examiner at local art and architectural institutions such as the National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Founder. Foolscap Studio
Adele Winteridge is founder of interdisciplinary design practice Foolscap Studio. Working across the commercial, hospitality, residential and public domain sectors, Adele and her team endeavour to create spaces and cultural experiences that bring people together and contribute to a city’s identity.
From interior architecture through to visual identity and cultural programming, she sees every project as an opportunity to explore the boundaries of what design can do for people, communities and clients alike.
Adele studied Interior Architecture at Curtin University and initially worked in high end commercial fitouts. A calling to start designing more dynamic projects resulted in the founding of Foolscap Studio in 2009.
While remaining purposely lean, the studio continues to grow, recently completing high profile projects including NOMA Australia, Little Creatures Barrel Hall and Wulugu Pop-Up, a multi-faceted site activation of Barangaroo, Australia’s largest urban renewal project.
While adhering to no single aesthetic, Adele’s work through Foolscap Studio is defined by striking a nimble balance of function, resourcefulness and a healthy dose of the unexpected.
We’re partnering with only the best brands from the region to fuel this premiere year of the INDE.Awards. Together we are supporting the ongoing development of design in Asia Pacific. It’s our region. We’re uniting to shine the spotlight on its design leaders.
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The INDE.Awards will light up the design world. Powered by Indesign Media’s broad network, INDE will enjoy unparalleled reach through multi-platform exposure in the Asia Pacific region, and beyond. INDE. is set to become the premier awards program for the region, avoiding the overdone and tired tone one finds with so many other awards. Instead, we’re offering something different – something confident, sleek and focused.
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