PSP Design Challenge 2011

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15 May 2016
Winner - Architectual Commercial Residential

This is the prestigious award that recognises innovative thinking.

In 2007, Kiwi Designers responded to the PSP Design Challenge with a flourish. The boundaries were pushed, from commercial interiors to residential exteriors and everything in-between.

The Challenge went out again.

As the entrants in the last Challenge so cleverly demonstrated, there was virtually no limit to what you can put your mind to. The PSP Design Challenge was open to all design work using PSP products, from June 2007 to April 2011.

This year we introduced 5 categories: • Architectural: Commercial / Residential • Retail/Shop Fitout, Commercial Space, Office Interior • Interior Design • Display, Point of Sale or Signage • Lighting, Furniture or Product Design

Winner of each category received an iPad2 and a luxury holiday for two to New York awarded to the overall winner. Plus all the kudos that goes with it! Entries are closed. Winners were announced 5.30pm Sunday 26th June at PSP’s stand during DesignEx 2011.

Architectual: Commercial/Residential Winner • Project Name: DNA Light - University of Auckland • Designer: Modus Lighting
• Contributing Professionals: David P from Brightlight, Stuart Caldwell from Caldwell - Levesque & Stephenson & Turner • PSP Products Used: PSP Décor Satin & EndLighten Retail/Shop Fitout, Commercial Space, Office Interior Winner • Project Name: Soda INC • Designer: Antanas Procuta Architects Ltd • Contributing Professionals: Frank Lawrence from Fernlea Cabinetry • PSP Products Used: PSP Décor Satin & PSP Twinwall Interior Design Winner • Project Name: Colmar Brunton • Designer: Inside Design • PSP Products Used: PSP Décor Satin & TruLED

Display, Point of Sale, or Signage Winner • Project Name: Orca Merino Gondola • Designer: Retail Dimension • Contributing Professionals: David Craig from Retail Dimensions, Simon Kenny & Matt Roberts from Orca • PSP Products Used: PSP Acrylic Lighting, Furniture or Product Design Winner • Project Name: Baskets of Knowledge • Designer: David Trubridge, David Trubridge Design • Contributing Professionals: Amy Lynch & Peter Tang • PSP Products Used: PSP Palsun Flat Polycarbonate Sheet & Lustro PETG

2011 Supreme Winner

David Trubridge's Lighting Series

Project: The Three Baskets of Knowledge PSP Products Used: Palsun Flat Polycarbonate Sheet & Lustro PETG

The Basket of Knowledge was influenced based on a Maori myth in which the gods gave to humans three baskets containing the knowledge they needed to live on Earth. They hold the knowledge of the natural world (bamboo basket), spiritual world (polycarbonate basket) and our rational world (aluminium basket). The knowledge needs to be in balance for us to live harmoniously on Earth. The energy efficient and long lasting LED spot light shone brightly down the inner form of the light to leave a definite 'spiritual' pattern on the floor below. Each of the baskets are 2100mm in height x 850mm in diameter.

Project: Freedom in Balance PSP Products Used: Palsun Flat Polycarbonate Sheet

Infuenced by the Greek myth, Icarus, about the boy who flew too close to the Sun. Our resolution to the brief produced two very different lighting structures. Wing, a 2.8m polycarbonate light and Sola, a 1.3m diameter painted plywood light. A wing, as in the myth, can soar effortlessly in balance. But if one gets too greedy and tries to fly too high one loses that balance. This was shown by the wing like light forms that we created seeming to either spiral upwards or downwards. They are designed to help the spirit soar, but also to cause reflection on our place in the world. The light has been designed to float comfortably at home above a dining table or in a commercial interior.

Project: Neptune's Necklace PSP Products Used: Palsun Flat Polycarbonate Sheet, PlexiGlas XT Tube, PlexiGlas Guaranteed Acrylic & PlexiGlas XT Round Rod

Neptune's Necklace graces the Westfield Fox Hills Shopping Center located in Culver City, California. It is a hanging light sculpture 6.4m (22 feet) in diameter, with a series of bench seats underneath. The brief required us to create a 'focus' lounge area in the midst of a main thoroughfare in Westfield Culver City's central court. We wanted to create an environment that guided people in a circular motion and into the works inner sanctuary. We decided to create a group of gentle spiraling forms emanating from the floor and rising into a dramatic and energtic light sculpture above. The inspiration for the form came from the native New Zealand seaweed called Neptune's Necklace. Its structure of long strings of bubbles is clearly represented in the final design.

Judges Comment:

"Trubridge Series, Extremely well resolved design, assembly and presentation, innovative and seductively elegant, taking the material into new territory where it would compete on an international stage."

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