Corian Design Awards 2017 Edition 1 winners

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12 May 2017
Melbourne Museum’s Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery.

CASF Australia has announced the winners of round one of the 2017 Corian Design Awards.

The three winning projects: Melbourne Museum’s Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery, Canberra International Airport and iCare, Sydney, are now in the running to be the overall 2017 Corian Design Award champion, winning a trip to Milan Design Week 2018.

The Corian Design Awards recognizes local designers for their creative use of Corian in their field of expertise, elevating the profile of designers amongst their peers and the general public.

Melbourne Museum’s Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery
Designed by Pete Wilson, Naomi Fogel and Jo Pritchard, the Melbourne Museum’s Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery creates a playful, interactive and colourful exhibition for babies and children up to five years old and their families. The exhibition is expected to last more than 15 years, so the material used had to be durable, easy to maintain and adaptable for engaging designs that would appeal to children.

According to Pete Wilson, “Corian was the only product identified that could meet the functional and aesthetic brief. The ability of Corian to be shaped across complex curved forms, in combination with its extensive colour palette, allowed ambitious design concepts to be realized as high-quality joinery and exhibition experiences.” 

Canberra International Airport
Guida Mosely Brown Architects (GMB) designed the world-class departure lounge and arrival hall at Canberra International Airport.

GMB selected Corian for its ability to curve and add fine detail to the geometric design aspirations developed for seating and table elements in the main waiting area. The nature of the material provided good looking high-quality durable surfaces that would be easy to maintain and repair for the long-term. The versatility of Corian also allowed detailing of each furniture piece to be installed very close to the initial opening date with little or no repairs.

Icare, Sydney
The Icare head office in Sydney, designed by Bradley Schott of Design Worldwide Partnership (DWP), used Corian for the reception area, along with breakout points and tea areas. The material had to withstand high-traffic by being robust and hygienic, while also being able to create the forms required for the project.

“Specifying Corian, in particular with the network of fabricators, gave us the certainty that we could achieve the required standard of finish,” says Bradley Schott. “The soft touch and smooth finish provide great contrast with the surrounding natural timbers and ceramic tiles.”

The Corian Design Awards consist of four editions throughout 2017. Winners of each edition will then go head-to-head in January 2018 to be crowned the overall 2017 Corian Design Award winner, winning a trip to Milan Design Week 2018.

Entries are now open for Edition 2 of the Corian Design Awards 2017.

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