The shortlist for this year’s Launch Pad Asia
awards is out, and the lineup is proof that the region has no shortage of promising design talents.
The distinguished panel of judges for this year’s programme include David Chiu, Founder of aluminium; Johnny Li, Managing Director for and on behalf of YILINE for LI&Co; and Sean Dix, Founder of Dix Design+Architecture.
The two winners will be announced during Hong Kong Indesign
, on 20 November, 12 noon at the Clestra showroom. Following the competition, both winners will go on to be mentored by a judge of their choice.
In addition, the Launch Pad Asia 2015 winners will each receive:
– A cash prize of HK$5,000
– A personalised industry mentorship with a judge of their choice
– A three-year subscription to Cubes Indesign magazine
– Media coverage on Indesign Media’s media platforms, including Indesignlive.hk, Indesignlive.sg and Cubes Indesign magazine.
Meet the finalists:
Mirage by Aaron Lim, Singapore
Mirage is a lamp that offers indirect illumination. An integrated timer activates a synchronised fan unit, causing the surface of the encapsulated water to undulate and create a unique pattern of illumination on surfaces.
ENGLE by Edward Ng, Hong Kong
ENGLE is a tool-less modular seating and coffee table system consisting of identical triangular units that can be connected to create varying angles, lengths and configurations. Each set is composed of two wooden triangular units and four stainless steel C-shaped clips. The clips slide-in flush into grooves on the frame, allowing units to be connected sturdily to create up to four lounge chair configurations or a coffee table.
STITX by Jia Ying Chew, Singapore
STITX is a stick-on organiser for your belongings and gadgets – all the items you need for working on-the-go. STITX sits snugly at the back of your laptop, thus helping to reduce the clutter on already-tiny workspaces.
The Sheep by Kenny Hong, Singapore
The Sheep is a full-length freestanding oak backed one-way mirror that has customisable 3D printed parts as connectors and accessories to suit the needs of homeowners. The parts include connectors to hold the legs together, a holder to hang the oak backed one-way mirror, a tray for keys and your wallet, a charging dock for your handphone, and a hook for hanging an umbrella, coat or hat.
Flati by Karyn Lim, Singapore
Flati is a series of bags made from laminate or plywood. Cut and re-joined using a soft lining, each volume is defined by a unique pattern. Do not be fooled by the unassuming nature of its flat state. In one swift motion, Flati transforms into a sculptural accessory.
About Launch Pad
Held annually in Australia since 2004, Launch Pad is a design competition and mentorship programme that nurtures emerging design talents by bringing them onto a region-wide stage and offering career guidance from established industry figures.
Following the first Launch Pad Asia in Singapore in 2014, this year’s programme will be held in Hong Kong, in conjunction with Hong Kong Indesign.
Exhibition of Launch Pad Asia 2015 Finalists’ Work
Date: 19 & 20 November 2015
Venue: Clestra 11/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Opening hours: Thursday 19 November, 2pm – 9pm / Friday 20 November, 12 noon – 8pm
*Announcement of Launch Pad Asia 2015 winners will be held on 20 November, 12 noon at Clestra.