The prize is the most prestigious accolade for contemporary furniture and object design in Australia, awarding $30,000 to an Australian design practitioner. Artist’s involved work with different materials, mediums and object types and this year the invitational prize was expanded beyond Victoria to include designers across Australia.
The participants were Adam Goodrum (NSW), Brodie Neill (TAS), Daniel Emma (SA), Kate Rohde (VIC); Khai Liew (SA), Korban Flaubert (NSW), Koskela (NSW) in collaboration with the weavers of Elcho Island Arts (NT).
Goodrum’s series of translucent folding house structures, overlaid with dichroic film, reflects contemporary standards of excellence and expectations with an emphasis on social and aesthetic considerations within a luminous array of colourful images.
The installation is both highly original and very expressive.
It exhibits great significance, elevating the commonplace; images of windows on our world.
Upon finding out he had won Adam Goodrum said, ‘I’m incredibly thrilled and humbled to have been selected from such a talented and diverse group of Australian designers, all of whom I admire. Unfolding represents a new expression of my practice and my continued exploration of the idea of ‘unfolding’.
Goodrum graduated from the University of Technology in 1993 and selected Young Designer of the Year in 1997 by the Sydney Morning Herald.
With a list of local and international clients, he has designed for such manufacturers as Cappellini (Italy), Norman Copenhagen (Denmark), Veuve Clicquot (France), Tait (Australia), Cult (Australia), One/third (Australia) and Dessein (Australia).
His innovative Stitch chair for Cappellini was selected one of the best designs of 2008 by the Design Museum, London.
Two of the biggest names in international contemporary design, Gijs Bakker (Co-Founder, Droog Design) and Wava Carpenter (Former Curator, Design Miami), judged the Rigg Design Prize for 2015, the legacy of the late Colin Rigg (1895-1982) who was the former Secretary to the NGV’s Felton Bequest Committee.
The judges commented,
‘Adam’s work proves that design has the potential for the unexpected and the new. Unfolding is very exciting, pushing the boundaries of what design can be with its dreamy, hazy and poetic atmosphere. We hope that the public will be as surprised and delighted by Adam’s work as we were’.
The seven shortlisted designers presented extremely high-quality bodies of work.
Each created his or her own environment in a dedicated space.
Contemporary Australian design reflects the point that many young designers of today are at, where they are re-imaging places for us to inhabit in the present and future.
These can often be inspiring as we constantly re-examine our choices in light of the world we live in now.
It is continuing its change in nature around us; constantly challenging us to accept what we had in the past may not be available or even appropriate for the future well being of the planet.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘The Rigg Design Prize is unparalleled in its ambition to champion the cultural value of contemporary design in Australia and I thank our shortlisted designers for their inspiring and moving contributions.
‘I congratulate Adam Goodrum as the winner of the Rigg Design Prize for 2015 with his magnificent work Unfolding which indicates that design can be many things – an object, experience, encounter, idea or concept.’
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015