Tasmanian designers shortlisted for national IDEA Awards

EMERGING: Geoffrey Cameron Marshall's shortlisted designs made from Tasmanian oak and leather. Picture: Supplied

EMERGING: Geoffrey Cameron Marshall's shortlisted designs made from Tasmanian oak and leather. Picture: Supplied

Four Tasmanian designers have been recognised in this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards alongside 253 short-listed entries.

Launceston-based designer-makers Jackson Wells and Geoffrey Cameron Marshall have both been recognised in the Emerging Designer and Object- Furniture and Lighting (Rising) categories.

A Workshop – Paul Wakelam Architect’s Toodyay House caught the judge’s eye in the Residential Single category.

RESEIDENTIAL: A Workshop – Paul Wakelam Architect’s Toodyay House, in Western Australia, caught the judge’s eye in the Residential Single category. Picture: Supplied

RESEIDENTIAL: A Workshop – Paul Wakelam Architect’s Toodyay House, in Western Australia, caught the judge’s eye in the Residential Single category. Picture: Supplied

Mr Wells said the announcement was quite unexpected.

Working to a brief, he wanted his designs to address a function or a need by finding “the most sophisticated and elegant solutions”, he said.

Mr Wells moved interstate to Tasmania to develop his skills for making objects before discovering a passion for design.

He was pleased to here Mr Marshall had also been shortlisted, who he studied at university with.

“It’s a very tight-knit design community in Launceston,” Mr Wells said.

Mr Marshall said the recognition, particularly for emerging designers, helped to build their profile and brand.

His design philosophy was “aesthetically engaging, everyday functionality”.

“It is especially gratifying to be part of raising the profile of Tasmanian design nationally,” Mr Marshall said.

Mr Wakelam said it gave designers and architects a growing platform on the national design scene.

The house he designed was based in Western Australia, where he previously lived.

It was positive to see the minimalist, low cost design appealed to the judges, Mr Wakelam said.

The University of Tasmania executive workplace renewal, by Hobart-based design practice Liminal Studio, has been shortlisted for the Workplace Under 100 square metres. 

Award winners and commendations will be announced at the IDEA Gala Party in November.

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