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The Launch Pad program provides the local and international design community with a vital avenue to nurture and celebrate original, authentic and innovative emerging Australian design, thus supporting and cultivating the careers of those product designers involved.
In addition to an ongoing mentorship programme with a network of industry experts, the winner of Launch Pad will receive access to the best minds across manufacturing, marketing, retail and public relations. A truly comprehensive foundation for continued success, this prize package also includes extensive media coverage across the entire Asia Pacific region via Indesign Media’s continued support.
The depth and breadth of Launch Pad goes far beyond its annual exhibition of prototypes. The expertly curated Launch Pad program of events also promotes real relationships between people, ideas and products in design.
An annual competition – Entries open 2 January 2017 – 17 April 2017.
An exhibition of finalists prototypes, held as part of Sydney Indesign
Mentoring Sessions – Mentoring sessions offer valuable insights into a range of essential topics, from how to develop your creative business, to marketing your brand and products, finding retailers, connecting with manufacturers and more.
Networking Events – The Launch Pad program culminates in an evening function of networking with key industry figures, providing the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of standout finalists.
Submissions open 2 January 2017 – 17 April 2017.
Meet our 2017 Launch Pad Judges
Senior Curator of Design, MAAS
Keinton Butler is Senior Curator of Design and Architecture at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney. Keinton graduated from Furniture Technology at RMIT University in Melbourne after studying key developments in furniture production through computer-integrated manufacturing, numerical control and materials technology.
Keinton has recently returned to Sydney after 10 years in London where she worked as an independent design curator, collaborating with leading cultural organisations including the British Council and the London Design Festival. Keinton was a curator for Damien Hirst’s contemporary art publishing project Other Criteria, where she developed a unique multidisciplinary curatorial program for two new gallery spaces in the UK. Drawing upon her strong entrepreneurial skills, manufacturing and design expertise, Keinton recently co-founded the British furniture start-up Beynon. Beynon won the Furniture category at the World Interiors News Awards in 2015.
Design & Marketing Director, Schiavello
As the Design & Marketing Director of Schiavello International, Anton is committed to delivering the company’s core vision; that anything is possible.
Responsible for business strategy, marketing and product development, Anton is passionate about design excellence and new brand initiatives. His work is driven by principles of thoughtful research and detail, quality manufacturing and approachable design.
Spending 5 years in Singapore and much time in Asia on large and small-scale projects for global and Australian businesses, Anton’s passion for strategic design and critical thinking was ignited.
Anton has launched multiple furniture ranges in Australia and Internationally, including high-volume commercial products as well as small-run designs.
Director. Living Edge
Aidan Mawhinney is the director of Living Edge, and has an illustrious career of supplying the best work for the architectural and design community. Recently, Aidan and Living Edge have made a move to supply high-end products for the design loving community. Living Edge is considered one of the foremost design destination for architects, interior designers, design enthusiasts in Australia.
Aidan and the Living Edge team are dedicated to offering the best in design, whether this means a single piece for the home, or a large-scale commercial project.
Managing Director. Futurespace
As the Managing Director and owner of Futurespace, Angela helps clients create future focused, innovative, intelligent and practical physical spaces that inspire and add value.
She is passionate about the built environment and the positive impact it can have on individuals and corporate communities.
For more than two decades Angela has worked with significant global and Australian businesses to develop design strategies that directly relate to a specific business, to drive innovative design solutions and to develop responsive accommodation results.
Her experience is diverse across the workplace, education, residential, building refurbishment and child care sectors, and includes important work for both private enterprise and not-for-profit organisations.
Designer. Henry Wilson Studio
Henry Wilson is a designer based in Sydney, Australia. After graduating in Visual Arts (Woodwork) from The Australian National University in Canberra, Henry received the HSP Huygens Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies (Design) at The Design Academy Eindhoven.
In 2012, Henry set up a research and conceptual design studio, producing products, furniture and interiors that are considered and durable, with a focus on honest resolutions and longevity.
“For us, beauty is a resolved outcome. The execution of the design should tell the story of its process and function.” As a multi-disciplinary practice, Henry Wilson Studio takes on human-centred design projects both large and small across the world.
Studio Henry Wilson is based in Sydney, Australia. Its products and furniture are distributed internationally through Matter in New York and Very Good & Proper in London.
Designer. Helen Kontouris Design
Melbourne-based Helen Kontouris is an accomplished designer inspired by her observation of everyday experiences, of people’s interaction with objects and the fresh perspectives gained from her travel, which shapes and informs her work.
Renowned for her use of contrasting materials, Kontouris’ work has often been described as sculptural. Her products invite exploration and an intimate and sensory engagement beyond their immediacy.
For Kontouris and Helen Kontouris Design, the studio she founded, every project is unique and extensive research underpins each product’s development. Process drives the generation of form, more so than any predetermined notion established at the outset of the design.
CEO. Good Design Australia
Dr. Brandon Gien is the Founder and CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of Australia’s Good Design Awards program, the oldest and most prestigious design award program in Australia with its origins dating back to the Industrial Design Council of Australia established in 1958.
In 2015, Dr. Gien was inaugurated as a Senator of the World Design Organization (WDO), the world body for Industrial Design. He was a member of the Board of Directors for three consecutive terms and elected President of the organization from 2013 to 2015, the first Australian to ever hold this position. During his term, Dr. Gien led the strategic transformation of the organization, resulting in a new name, a new vision and mission and a new definition of Industrial Design.
Dr. Gien was made a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) in 2011 for his contribution to the design profession in Australia. He is a professional member of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He sits on the Advisory Board of numerous design associations and educational institutions in Australia and internationally and has acted as a Jury Member for some of the most prominent design awards in the world.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Canberra.
Raymond’s main expertise is in IDEA’S, creative thinking, he’s always thinking of ways to make it more exciting, faster, better and cost effective.
His overall expertise is production and film development. Spending 10 years working in Europe, much of that time in London, His passion for design was always evident, he started in production in the art department and Props. Later becoming a producer.
On his return to Australia, he found a very limited film industry, the best thing to do was adapt and change. He became manager/producer of a communications company in Sydney, producing corporate content for the internet. He was then recruited to manage a design team for Brand Environments and Experience, developing new design concepts for Casino’s, Hotels and restaurants in Las Vegas, Macau and Sydney.
He’s been involved with Workshopped for the past 13 years initially producing their exhibitions. He’s been a director of Workshopped for the past 7 years. During the these past 7 years he opened the Design Store in Hill Street Surry Hills and now a new showroom in Rosebery, he started a designer program with Object, The Australian Design Centre where Workshopped gave a designer the opportunity to run their own store for 3 months and he’s now making headway into the Asian market. He co-produced and curated a touring exhibition with the ADC, Resolved- Journeys in Australian Design.
He’s the founder and past President of the Surry Hills Creative Precinct Inc, Surry Hills Business Chamber.
Member of the East Sydney Creative Group a City of Sydney Initiative and member of the Australian Design Centre Advisory Group.