Design competition launched at DesignEx 2008

Lockwood, in partnership with the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), is offering a unique and exciting opportunity to architects, designers and students to transform the everyday locking device into a work of art that could revolutionise the future.

With the theme “How Will You Enter 2020?” Lockwood’s prestigious Design for Lockwood competition will be launched at this year’s Form and Function feature at designEX in Sydney.The Lockwood competition has earned an enviable reputation in architectural and design circles,with a past winning design, the Robert Watson lever, now firmly established as a highlight ofLockwood’s stylish and innovative Aquileart™ range of door furniture.

The Robert Watson Lever, an Australian design award winner, has recently been named the winner of the prestigious international ‘red dot design award’, which is among the largest andmost renowned design competitions in the world, receiving more than 7,000 entries from over 60 countries. The distinction of receiving a ‘red dot award’ acknowledges Robert's outstanding creativity, and pays tribute to the success of the Design for Lockwood competition to predict theway of the future!

A passionate advocate for the competition is 2006 finalist William Smart, a decorated architect with more than fifteen years of international experience and principal of the Sydney-based multidisciplinary Smart Design Studio.

According to Will, the Design for Lockwood competition is an ideal opportunity for designers who enjoy the possibility and process of developing and taking a product to market.“I have been interested in the product design process for a long time and I love the idea of designing beautifully detailed components that complement the architecture we produce,” Will says. “It’s exciting to think that something we design may be manufactured to benefit the wider industry.”

The competition in 2008 is not about design and manufacturability for today but about innovative ideas for the future, says ASSA ABLOY Australia’s General Manager, Tom Devine.“This year, entrants are invited to anticipate building design trends in 2020 and create a complimentary door opening solution,” Tom says.

“The scope of this year’s competition has been broadened to include the “whole door opening solution” (e.g. door handle, closer, hinges), rather than just one component of the complete system such as the door handle, if the entrant wishes,” he says. “The system or component maybe mechanical, electromechanical or electronic.”

Another previous winning designer is Melbourne architect, Toby Horrocks, whose design sets ahigh standard having exceeded the competition criteria for originality, creativity and designquality. Toby Horrocks, who is currently working with John Wardle Architects has been closely involved with the QV and 50 Lonsdale Street projects. A passion for sustainability is evident inToby’s designs.

The organisers anticipate that the 2008 winner of the Design for Lockwood Competition will inspire and influence innovative products into the future.

The competition will be launched on 11 April, Form and Function at designEX 2008, with entriesclosing 15 August. The winner will be announced during National Architecture Week in October.In addition to being titled the 2008 Design for Lockwood competition winner, the winning entrant will receive a travel voucher to the retail value of AU$10,000.

An impressive collection of Lockwood door furniture reflecting design excellence, functionality andcreativity, will also be on show at Form and Function during designEx, April 10-April 12 , Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. This collection further propels Lockwood’s reputation as adesign conscious brand into the future.

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