Italian designer Fabio Biavaschi was honoured at VIVID 2014 with a Best Product award in the Commercial category for his wooden armchair, MEK_ac01 inspired by the traditional Meccano building game for kids.

VIVID, Vibrant Visions in Design is Australia’s longest running design competition and a highlight of Decor + Design, which was recently held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Fabio was one of five winners presented with an Award of Excellence in Design on the opening day of Decor + Design, across student, concept, commercial and lighting categories.

Fabio, who lives in Melbourne now, said winning the award for best product in a contest held in the same city was a wonderful feeling. Fabio competed against 58 emerging designers from all over Australia and New Zealand who had presented more than 80 innovative pieces.

The MEK_ac01 armchair will be officially launched at the Workshopped14 Exhibition to be held in Sydney from 14 August to 27 August.