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Rug Up

Designer Rugs is Australia’s leading rug company and every year they run a rug design competition for design professionals in Australia and New Zealand called the EVOLVE AWARDS.

They encourage entrants to draw on their own creativity and design three of their own rugs.

The judging panel (Greg Natale, Stephen Ormandy from Dinosaur Designs and Meryl Hare from Hare & Klein) select six rugs which are manufactured in a limited edition of 30.  The designs also joins Designer Rugs’ ID COLLECTION.  There are also great prizes on offer including a trip to Milan Salone de Mobile 2013 – the Furniture Fair in Milan!

Aside from in-house portfolio, Designer Rugs have collections by Dinosaur Designs, Cloth, Akira Isogawa, Greg Natale and Wedgwood so the winners find themselves in esteemed company!

I’ve posted my entries below.

Here’s hoping I get a mention . . . (-:


This rug is a layered composite of an urban scene in Lisbon.  The origin of the image is a photograph I took of Santiago Calatrava’s iconic Garo do Oriente transport hub in Lisbon. What interested me, were not only the striking forms, but how comfortably the building sat within a wider urban context. I imagined the whole scene as a layering of the hard  surfaces that make up the metropolitan scene.  The name of the rug is also a play on the word “metro” (subway system) and metropolis (city).   
I imagine the white outlines sections as silk which act as highlights of the urban fabric.
This rug was inspired by the pre-historic layers of the earth’s crust and the composite layers that form mountain landscapes.  I’ve represented these components – the minerals, peaks, summits, plateaus, hills and troughs – as abstracts layers making up one whole. The bright colours are a contemporary twist on the usually muted and natural tones associated with geological structures. 
I envision a combination of cut/loop & shag pile to delineate the three-dimensional qualities of this natural landscape. 

This rug was inspired by an alternative representation of the Sydney Opera House.  I modelled the rug on my photograph of one of the sails. The tones, texture and forms of the underside of the structure translate into a two dimensional object that also has a three dimensional feel.  I think that there is much to be said for the architectural beauty concealed in this iconic building’s underbelly.  
I imagine the use of carving and silk accents to reinforce the sculptural qualities of the design. 



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