25 March 2022
Where would we be without the objects in our lives? From sofas and chairs to lighting and tables, bookshelves, vases and teapots, in fact all manner of things, objects serve our lives but also give us great pleasure.
In the INDE.Awards, The Object is a stand out category presenting the very best new products from master designers. An entry to The Object will be judged for its style and substance, its focus on unique user needs and how the design addresses this through originality, creativity and functional format.
This year The Object jury comprises four expert judges,
Khai Liew, Principal, Khai Liew
Brodie Neill, Founder and Principal, Brodie Neill
Elaine Ng Yan Ling, Founder The Fabrick Lab
Raj Nandan, Founder of Indesign Media Asia Pacific.
This esteemed group will assess The Object submissions to establish how superior industrial design through making and manufacture, materiality and form, ultimately achieves resolution.
One of the members of The Object jury, Khai Liew reflected on just what it takes to design an exemplary object saying,
“(A) Rigorous design concept that has been well resolved. Exemplary standard of making, careful and innovative use of sustainable materials. Enduring work that will stand the test of time both in design and use. Poetic, spiritual as well as excellent functionality. A pleasure to engage with and a joy to behold.”
Past winners of The Object have included many of the region’s most impressive product designers. For example, in 2017, SKEEHAN designed HUP HUP a folding chair that is minimal and refined. Josh Carmody Studio was also a winner with The Remnants Table Series designing a clamp system to re-use samples of stone and marble, with the end result, a table series for all occasions. Tom Fereday for Earp Bros, designed OMNI a re-invention of the traditional breeze block, while in 2020, Stack by Zachary Hanna for nau designed a lamp, bookcase and side table in one for multiple utility.
Last year the winning accolade was afforded to Woven Image for The Embossed Acoustic Panel Collection. The Collection comprises of Zen, Ion and Gem, three-dimensional acoustic interior wall panels. This innovative product was developed to provide floor-to-ceiling acoustic solutions for commercial interiors incorporating cutting-edge design with sustainability and acoustic performance.
Amy Saunders, Head of Design, Woven Image commented on just what it takes to make a winning product such as The Embossed Acoustic Panel Collection, “At Woven Image we strive to maintain a ‘point of difference’ from the competitive arena and the Embossed Panel Series provides a unique light-weight, easy to install, floor-to-ceiling textured acoustic solution. Along with our unique colour palette and contemporary design, we pushed the boundaries from a manufacturing perspective; remodelling obsolete equipment and using sustainable manufacturing techniques and materials, to provide a design oriented acoustic wall panel for commercial interior spaces.”
While not all objects are created equal, the submissions to The Object break new ground and seek to tantalise our design tastebuds whether they are large or small, plain or elaborate. From the ubiquitous to the luxurious, every object in this category is designed to stand out. With the chance for your work to be showcased across the Indo-Pacific region and indeed the globe, object makers there is no time to waste, enter now!