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    Design competition helps Australian designers kickstart their careers

    Geraldine Chua

    Winners of the The Edge 2014, a design competition seeking to find the next generation of design talent, have been announced.

    Hugh Altschwager, an architect from Victoria who moved into product design after winning the VIVID 2013 Commercial Category, won the Commercial Award for Flashlight.

    Designed and handcrafted in Victoria, Flashlight uses South Australian limestone and reclaimed hardwood with a 25 watt incandescent light. Created with indigenous materials in mind, it can be replicated globally.

    The Green Award went to Duncan Meerding of Tasmania for his Log Light, a light made from reclaimed logs and designed with outdoor capabilities.

    RMIT student Rebecca Crooke took home the Concept Award for Paperclip, a desk light that maintains a functional workspace through a cleanly streamlined form.

    Created from Anondised Aluminium, Opal Acrylic and LED strip, its essentialist nature demonstrates a modern use of space.

    Finally, Shannon Riddle from Central Institute of Technology won the Student Award for Point – 45, a side table made of American Cherry legs and Corian top that slots together without glue or screws.

    The winning designs were chosen from over 40 finalists and showcased during the Decoration + Design Exhibition, an Australian interiors trade event showcasing the latest interior products and furnishings, at the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney.

    To date, The Edge has assisted over 500 designers with more than 900 products to kick start their careers.

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