Meet Your Prodigies for 2018. They’re the Ones to Watch!

  •   26 January 2018

Their practices may be young, but they’ve been striding ahead with the intelligence, creativity and sensitivity of our industry’s most established professionals. Meet our incredible Prodigy nominees for the INDE.Awards 2018!

These young guns are the ones to watch. Handpicked by the Indesign Media editorial team, these are the rising talents of the A&D world. We don’t just love them for their spunk; more importantly, we swoon for their point of view, their original responses the currents of life today, and the quality of what they do.

That’s what we think, but we want to hear from you too! Selecting the ultimate winner for 2018 is in your hands. People’s choice voting for The Prodigy award opens in March. So now’s the time to get acquainted with their work, if you’re not already, and consider which of these talents resonates with you.

The Prodigy honours an emerging creative who sparks trends and thinks differently; whose work pushes the boundary of design.


So who are our Prodigy nominees for 2018?



Briar Hickling and Alex Mok

Linehouse is an award-winning architecture and interior design practice established in 2013 by Briar Hickling (from New Zealand) and Alex Mok (Chinese-Swedish). Through the studio’s design process, each project has a strong narrative and an element of whimsy and voyeurism, creating a unique spatial experience. The studio works on projects of varying scales and typologies that allow explorations of both the poetic idea and the pragmatic solution. Projects are approached in a holistic manner combining different disciplines: architecture, interiors, product design and graphic design; and draw on the founders’ experiences to create new ideas and outputs emphasising qualities of construction, detail, materials and light. Linehouse operates as a platform for the collaboration of likeminded individuals who investigate the rituals of inhabitation and how these daily moments can be celebrated through design, transforming the mundane into performative acts. Photo by Ambrous Young.


David Neustein and Grace Mortlock
Other Architects / Otherothers

Other Architects seek out ‘other’ approaches that challenge conventional wisdom, popular opinion and architectural trends. The Sydney-based practice undertakes diverse project types at a range of scales. Current projects include a small country house, an exhibition in a car park, a boutique apartment building and a vast metropolitan cemetery. The practice’s work has been exhibited at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and the NGV Triennial and has featured in numerous international publications. Other Architects Directors Grace Mortlock and David Neustein are currently artists-in-residence at Sydney’s Carriageworks. They have been invited speakers at the Venice Architecture Biennale, MIT Media Lab and the ‘New Cities, Future Ruins’ convening in Dallas, Texas. Neustein is The Monthly’s resident architectural critic and an Associate of the UTS School of Architecture, where both Directors regularly teach. Otherothers is a parallel design organisation that undertakes research, curation, competitions, events, exhibitions, graphics and communication.


Nick Harding

Architect Nick Harding is the founder and Principal of Ha, a studio he founded in 2012. Harding’s focus for the practice has been undertaking people-focused design projects of varying scales and typologies, all with an emphasis on sustainable design. As a practice, Ha believes in designing harmoniously between interior and exterior, fundamentally taking an ‘inside out’ approach. As such, Harding has developed a certain strength in interior design. In addition to his project work, he is currently developing a research base of (truly) mixed-use developments, with the intention of establishing future models for Australian cities. Harding graduated from the University of South Australia in 2003. He worked with John Wardle Architects (JWA) in 2004, focusing primarily on educational and residential projects. In his time at JWA, Harding worked on multiple award-winning projects, including UniSA’s chancellory building, The Hawke Centre, which also houses the Samstag Musuem of Contemporary Art.


Olivia Lee

Olivia Lee is the Principal Designer at an eponymous design studio grounded by an industrial design approach. The practice pivots from product to spatial design, research insights to ideation, with the goal of creating unique experiences. Lee focuses on uncovering new rituals and behaviours, navigating the tension between tradition and the future, and bringing brands into unexplored territories through design and narrative. Lee has produced work for international partners such as Hermès, The Balvenie, Mann+Hummel, Samsung, Mathmos, Bank of Singapore, Economic Development Board of Singapore and the British Council. Her work has been exhibited in Milan, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and London, and published widely. In parallel with her professional practice, Lee lectures at the National University of Singapore. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Olivia Lee combines her experiences in London with her Singaporean roots to establish a culturally nuanced design practice in the heart of South East Asia.

Voting opens in March. Vote for the 2018 Prodigy who rocks your world!