As part of the inaugural 2011 Formica Formations competition, experienced and emerging designers in New Zealand are getting set to pit their design talents against 10 of the world’s best architects. And they’ll be doing so under the watchful eyes of local designer David Trubridge, and Formica’ s U.S. Vice President of Design Renée Hytry Derrington, who have both been named as two of the judges for the competition. A third judge, believed to be an internationally recognised architect, remains a bit of a mystery for now.
“There are a number of very talented and creative professionals in this country and a strong collective of promising young designers that have great careers ahead of them,” says Trubridge. “I’m certain there will be some great entries and am eager to see the finished results from the two winners.”
The Enzed competition was spurred after what Formica says was a successful collaboration in 2008 between Formica USA and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati.
The competition is spread across two categories, one for professional architects and designers, and one for emerging architects and designers.
It requires entrants to submit design drawings only for a piece of sculptural furniture that would use Formica brand materials.