Eve (Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award)

Bombay Sapphire
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Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Awards
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Background The Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award is Australias richest and most prestigious design award; dedicated to rewarding excellence in design, improving and promoting awareness of design in Australia and improving commercial success of talented Australian designers. 10 finalists present a portfolio to a panel of expert judges, a committee of Industry leaders, including international contribution from people such as Philippe Stark, Ron Arad and Tom Dixon. Antonio Citterio was involved with the competition the year I won. The award recognises people that push the boundaries of design through innovation and originality. Contribution - Eve is a high-end sculptural furniture object made from mirror-polished stainless steel, clad in a leather skin. The structure was created through research and exploration of the manipulation sheet material into complex forms. My investigation resulted in a method of creation of sophisticated curvilinear geometry using simple fabrication methods. The sheet material profiles are water-jet cut from a CAD file, rolled into shape by hand and then welded together to create the form. These forms would conventionally only be achieved by laborious expensive tooling techniques. Significance - My fabrication method provides an opportunity to create complex forms in a simple cost effective manner. This technique has been applied to new furniture pieces put more importantly can be applied to any appropriate product design.
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