Talk about statement pieces – the two winners at last night's Formica Formations Design Competition would be talking points in their own right in any setting.
Entrants were asked to reinvent the humble Formica table as part of its 100-year anniversary celebrations, and designer David Trubridge, Formica Group VP of design Renee Hytry Derrington and award-winning New Zealand architect Ron Sang judged the entries.
Auckland designer Hugh Worth was awarded first place in the professional category of the competition, while top spot in the emerging designer section went to recently retrained Wellington designer Frances Fraser.
Worth, an interior designer from Auckland with nearly two decades of experience in both New Zealand and the UK, created the striking ‘Red Herringbone’ comprising angular pieces of Formica AR+ gloss laminate.
He describes the table as a multipurpose statement furniture piece.
"The vivid colours and herringbone patterning will enliven the dreariest of dinner parties. Fussy children will be so enthralled they won't even realise they've just eaten all their greens.”
He drew inspiration from his own family, some of whom he noted were having difficulty finishing their veggies whilst he was conceptualising his design.
Fraser runs her own interior design business, Honour Creative, in Wellington’s Newton. Her piece, named ‘Time Table’, was inspired by the rings of a tree representing the growth in trust and understanding that builds up over time through shared meal time experiences with family and friends.
“I wanted my table to be about time because that is what we invest when we gather together to share a meal and conversation."
Laminex New Zealand has also announced that the next installment of the biennial Formica Formations Design Competition 2015 will be a challenge to re-imagine how we interpret lighting hardware, fixtures and applications.