A couple of months back we attended Fisher & Paykel’s Social Kitchen as part of the Urbis Design Day celebrations. The Social Kitchen was a collaborative design process between chefs Natalia Schamroth and Carl Koppenhagen of the Engine Room restaurant, design agency Alt Group and furniture designer Sam Haughton and his team at IMO furniture design. And it seems Haughon’s furniture designs, namely his colourful ‘A2’ stool, made quite the impression, with the designer winning the top spot at Home magazine’s New Zealand Design Awards, which were held last night to honour the best in new furniture designs.
The ‘A2’ powder-coated aluminium stool is the result of a brief Haughton and his team were delivered to create a light, cost-effective and colourful seat that would compliment the one-off custom ‘Fiord’ table (also a finalist in the awards) he also created with his team.
The remaining finalists in the awards were Phil Cuttance for his ‘Weld’ vases, David Moreland for his ‘Band’ Shelves, Nathan Goldsworthy for his ‘Adjutant’ Table, Marl Seeney for his ‘Ruin’ Side Table, Jamie McLellan for his ‘Odin’ Chair, David Trubridge for his ‘Sola’ Light, and Alex Webster for his ‘Isla’ Chair and Ottoman.
This year’s awards were judged by the director of Auckland's Objectspace Gallery, by Philip Clarke.