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Write on, wipe off. Panel on, panel off: Buildnz & Designex reveals its 2011 product winners

Write on, wipe off. Panel on, panel off: Buildnz & Designex reveals its 2011 product winners

The product showcase for the building and design industries, Buildnz & Designex 2011, may have kicked off on Sunday, but the best products on display have already been selected, with the two big winners comprised of a clever write-on wall paint and a flexible panel mounting system.  

But the recipient of the biggest honour—the Supreme Innovation Award—went to the creators of the flexible panel mounting system, Fastmount. The company, which also won the BuildNZ category, designs and manufacturers panel mounting systems for use in superyachts, vehicles and the architecture industry. The locally manufactured flexible clip system allows panels to be easily removed to access services or reconfigure design. It is suitable for prefinished, painted, covered, acoustic, feature panels and fixtures. 

Ron Hanely, together with Gregg Kelly, combined their expertise and industry experience of engineering, boat-building and product design to develop the Fastmount mounting panel systems, which have found their way into more than 50 countries. 

“We are delighted the Fastmount panel mounting systems is enabling world leading designers and architects to deliver on their aesthetic and functional design considerations for concept projects...” says Hanely. 

The judging panel was comprised of Wingate Farquhar architect Blair Farquhar, Clearwater Construction general manager and NZ Institute of Building president Martin Fahey and Progressive Building magazine editor Jazial Crossley.

Speaking about Fastmount’s win, Farquhar described the mounting system as “unique because the mounting system is invisible, with all fixings hidden. There is nothing else on the market like it”. 

The award-winning mounting system was recently used at an exposition in Paris for Italian jewellery brand BVLGARI as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations (see image below). The BVLGARI structures were made up of a series of fifteen 8.5 metre high diamond pyramid shapes constructed to replicate large-scale diamond like shapes designed by leading French designer Fabien Iliou.

As well as the BuildNZ category and the Supreme Innovation Award, Resene was the only other winner, coming out tops in the Designex category. That win was for its cool write-on paint (particularly handy for those with excitable kiddies). Once that innovative paint has been slapped on and dried, you can take to it with a whiteboard marker without damaging the surface. To remove your creation, all you need is a damp cloth, and presto, you have another blank canvas.

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