01 September 2014
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2014 Reece Bathroom Innovation Award Winners Revealed

Celebrating bathroom furniture and brilliant design

[People at event]

It was standing room only in our specially designed sensory display space at Melbourne Indesign’s Galleria on Friday as judges, finalists and industry joined us for the unveiling of the 2014 Bathroom Innovation Award (BIA) winners.

To celebrate another year of exceptional Australian design, we worked with 6 Hats, Eness and Trout Creative Thinking to present the works of the 2014 BIA finalists and winners in a curated installation at Galleria titled Suspended Animation. As insights, inspirations, and ideologies illuminated the physical space, Suspended Animation introduced visitors to our esteemed panel of judges and our finalist designers, taking them on a journey back to where the ideas were born - the moment of inception.

[Professional Winner - Michael Hoppe]

[Student Winner - Queena Le]

Clever and compact rethinking of the vanity unit triumphed in this year’s competition, the ninth BIA, with Sydney-based industrial designer Michael Hoppe taking out the professional category for his multi-functional cylindrical vanity unit. Combining mirrors, sink, drawers, seat and storage into one cohesive bathroom furniture piece, the luxe surfaces of Michael’s design subtly reference the Greek myth of Narcissus. Michael’s design vision was brought to life with a full-sized prototype created by Omvivo and unveiled at the event as part of his BIA prize, which also included a $10,000 cash prize.

Monash University industrial design student Queena Le won the BIA student category for her modular vanity. Featuring a perforated sliding grate that instantly transforms the basin into an extended bench surface along with repositionable drawers and flat surface taps, design flexibility and interchangeability of surfaces for new functionality were key to Queena’s Balans vanity. As well as securing a $5,000 cash prize, Queena’s BIA win will see her heading to Barcelona, Spain, for a two-week internship with the design team at Roca, one of the world’s leading bathroom product manufacturers.

[Professional Winner by Michael Hoppe]

[Student Winner by Queena Le]

Congratulations to our winners and finalists and thank you to the Design Institute of Australia and all who joined the celebrations.

Did you love our #MID14 Project installation at Galleria? Show your support by voting in the Project People’s Choice Award today.

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