2 September 2022
With a stellar array of objects in the shortlist of The Object category in the 2022 INDE.Awards, a design that is elegant, sophisticated and beautiful has been pronounced the winner. Congratulations go to Zephyr Lounger, designed by Charles Wilson for Tait, Australia.
While the submissions to The Object category were varied and singular in distinction, sustainability was foremost within every design. Each product, whether furniture, lighting or an accessory, was designed and manufactured with the environment in mind – through process, material or application. There can be no greater celebration of an object than longevity with the idea that it can be enjoyed by many over time and the Zephyr Lounger certainly delivers a timeless design.
“It was a surprise to win this award as there were some other beautiful and well resolved products in the category,” says designer Charles Wilson. “The Zephyr Lounger began with an excellent brief from Tait: an outdoor chair to relax in, yet upright enough to read or enjoy a drink.”
Formed from a stainless-steel frame, the Zephyr Lounger brings comfort to the outdoors with an elegant sling-like design that takes this chair to another level of style. “Comfort was always a priority,” adds Wilson. “Early on, I was keen for the design to have a nautical direction, thinking of Gordon’s passion for sailing: hence the canvas and rope, and the cast arms which are inspired by yachting fixtures.”
Designed to be ergonomically superior, the Zephyr Lounger takes inspiration from the “Zephyr” referred to in sailing where a yacht may catch a gentle uplifting breeze.
As Tait founder Gordon Tait describes it: ” The Zephyr Lounger was a very exciting project to work on and brings a new level of sophistication and ergonomic finesse to our collection. The Zephyr Lounger sits gracefully in the environment, and its windswept lines take on a sail-like shape.”
Perfect in aesthetic, form and function, congratulations to the 2022 INDE.Awards The Object winner, Charles Wilson for Tait who receive the top honour in category and leads the pack for object design this year.
Photography by Dave Kulesza and Haydn Cattach
View the full list of 2022 INDE.Awards winners here.