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There’ll be a whole lot of judging going on

There’ll be a whole lot of judging going on

A mystery no more, Formica has unveiled its third and final judge who will be casting a scrutinous eye on design entries as part of the inaugural 2011 Formica Formations competition. Joining local designer David Trubridge and Formica US vice president of design, Renée Hytry Derrington, will be award-winning New Zealand architect Ron Sang. 

Sang has practiced architecture for nearly 50 years and was elected a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) in 1986. He is also director of Sang Architects & Co Ltd, Ron Sang Publications and the Ron Sang Gallery. 

In 2001, he was awarded the inaugural NZIA Enduring Architecture Award for the Brian Brake house in Titirangi, Auckland. Currently, he’s co-chairing a committee to build a Chinese Garden for Auckland Super City. His services to art and architecture were recognised in 2000 with his appointment as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The Formica Formations Competition was launched earlier this year by The Laminex Group to give professional and emerging architects a forum for showcasing their creativity. A related event was held in the USA by the Formica Group where world-renown architects were invited to design a limited collection of furniture, using Formica laminates and solid surface materials. 

It seems Song is quite the chair man. He has a collection of 70 modern and classic chairs and says he was impressed by the chair entries that came from the US competition. 

“The chair designs that came out of the US were marvellous,” he says. “I’m sure New Zealand has architects and designers who can produce designs to equal and perhaps even surpass the US collection.”

And as for what he’ll be keeping a close eye on when it comes to the Kiwi competition, Song offers this hint:

“I’ll be looking for innovation, a design which not only looks good but also considers the ergonomic issues and is original—not run of the mill. Designing furniture presents many challenges because there are so many things to take into consideration. I’ll be encouraging friends and colleagues to enter and take the plunge, letting their creativity run free.” 

If you think you’ve got what it takes, you have until Sunday 31 July to enter. The Competition is open to professionals working within the design and architecture fields, as well as design students. Entrants must submit design drawings for a piece of sculptural furniture using Formica.

Here's a taster of some of the US competition entries below: