Ringmaster of the Design Circus

When Central design students enter a competition it’s a pretty safe bet that they will be up there with the best and this year’s Mobilia Design Circus competition was no exception.

Central Industrial Design students were awarded first, second and third place at the recent Design Circus competition run by Mobilia and partnered by Spanish Lighting Manufacturer Santa and Cole.

Entrants designed their own rendition of Santa and Cole’s ‘Head Hats’, hanging lamps with shades, with the winner receiving an all expenses paid trip to Barcelona to visit the company.

Mobilia contacted Central course manager Peter Kitely to invite students to participate. The competition became the second semester design project for first and second year students, with third year student Kristina Melnikova also entering.

Peter Kitely discusses the work with Nina Maso
Peter Kitely discusses the work with Nina Maso

The competition was open to the whole WA design community, but the winners and shortlisted designs were dominated by Central.

Kristina Melnikova was awarded first prize, Katherine Graham second and Do Pepper third, with the remainder of the ten shortlisted designs all submitted by Central students.

The judges were consistently impressed with the creativity and content of the designs, with the overwhelming comment being “we would never have thought of that”. The panel included:

  • Nina Masó – Co- Founder of Santa and Cole
  • Jordi Nadal – Santa and Cole International Export Manager
  • Salvatore Fazzari – Mobilia
  • Antonio Navarro – Art Director of Kettal
  • Jonathon Levien – Doshi Levien Studio

The three Central students were presented their prizes at the annual DIA WA (Design Institute of Australia) Award night on 3 December.

Following their first and second places, Kristina and Katherine will have their lighting designs put into production and featured in the Santa and Cole global catalogue.

Following Central’s success, designer Pepe Garcia of Culdesac and curator of the Design Circus, has offered to run a series of workshops next year for Central Design students.

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