The National Gallery of Victoria have announced that the recipient of the 2009 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award is Simone LeAmon. The prize was awarded to LeAmon for her chair titled ‘Lepidoptera’.
A legacy of the late Colin Rigg (1895–1982), a former Secretary of the Felton Bequests’ Committee for the National Gallery of Victoria, the award focuses on contemporary design practice in Victoria. This year it is dedicated to contemporary seat furniture design.
According to Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Victoria, in 2009 this award brings together works by 14 designers of contemporary seat furniture and reflects the National Gallery of Victoria’s support for contemporary design.
These innovative and diverse contemporary seat furniture designs from Victoria were judged by Dr Kees Dorst, Professor of Design at the faculty of Design, Architecture and Building of the University of Technology, Sydney and senior researcher at the department of Industrial Design of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.
This exhibition is diverse with a range of qualities and themes. Simone’s chair combines sustainability with new and intriguing aesthetics, making it a courageous design. The idea of using textile scraps from the automotive industry in a chair gives the work style and attitude.
The other participating artists are Adam Cornish, Lambie Chan, Lucas Chirnside, Matthew Harding, Cathy Jankowsky, Joseph Keenan, Jacqueline Ying Jun Lin, Chris Connell, Stuart McFarlane, Ross McLeod, Drew Martin & Dale Rock (Rock Martin), Oliver Field and Helen Kontouris.
According to Matthew Martin and Amy Barclay, Coordinating Curators of the exhibition, the designers in this year’s exhibition are informed by a broad spectrum of social, environmental, material and aesthetic concerns with every work having the potential to become a ‘design classic’ of the future. Unrestricted by any predetermined theme, the resulting works are stylistically and conceptually disparate, using a variety of materials and techniques.
The award and exhibition are supported by the Cicely & Colin Rigg Bequest, managed by Australia and New Zealand Trustees. 2009 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square.