Leading furniture designers, manufactures, and wholesalers recently attended the Australian International Furniture Fair and Decoration and Design for 2013 to get a first glimpse of global trends.
The vibrant events, which wrapped up last week in Sydney, gave visitors a chance to hear from leading international and local design experts, and view cutting-edge design at The Edge and Living Surrounds installation.
Harvey Stockbridge, managing director for Australian Exhibitions and Conferences, said the fair was a resounding success.
"We were delighted with the excellent attendance and the positive feedback we have received from our exhibitors," Mr Stockbridge said. "Buyers were given a first glimpse at global trends, and numerous sales opportunities were generated over the three days."
Winners of The Edge design competition were announced across Student, Commercial, Concept and Green categories.
● From a total of 38 finalists, the 2013 Student award was given to Ben Brayshaw from RMIT, for his nature-inspired Clam Chair.
● The Commercial award went to Ash Allen (VIC) for his Dollop Light;
● Toby Nowland (SA) won the Green award for Fold and Peg Stool and;
● Stephanie Ng Hui Sien (VIC) won the Concept award for her Halo Light.
Curator of The Edge, Scott Lewis said he was impressed by the calibre of the designs submitted this year.
"I was also impressed by the diversity of work being produced by emerging Australian designers," Mr Lewis said. "The opportunity to nurture young design talent and share their work with the wider design community is an important achievement of the fair."
Mr Lewis said Living Surrounds (previously known as Design Futures) and The Edge design competition were highlights of the fair, offering an insight into the future of design and providing great support for the next generation of designers.
● Details: Visit aiff.net.au or decorationdesign.com.au.