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ECU student wins design challenge

Wednesday, 17 June 2009


Third year interior and spatial design student Brandur Einarsson recently won the Art Gallery of Western Australia's Design Challenge for 2009.

The competition required students to design a functional chair that would stimulate the senses and provoke thought in the way we use and engage with objects. Entries are on display at the Art Gallery of WA as part of the 'THING beware the material world' exhibition.

Brandur said he was inspired by the Dancing House in Prague, designed by Frank Gehry, which was constructed in the mid-90s to reflect a man and a woman dancing together (thought to be Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers).

Brandur's chair, named "Fred and Ginger", is the award-winning result of a design process that has spanned a few months.

His aim was to work with a single piece of material to create a complicated shape that best represented the joy of dancing.

The final product was a model of the recliner chair with footstool, made out of orange acrylic and black foam card. However, when manufactured the chair will be made out of wood, such as birch veneer.

"The final outcome is a recliner chair and a footstool that could live as an individual, independent piece, or as a pair, in a relaxing residential corner where the book and headphones are within reach," Brandur says.

When Brandur's girlfriend chose to come to Australia for her studies, Brandur enrolled in the interior and spatial design course.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my stay here in Perth and especially being a student in ECU."

"Working with students and lecturers with passion has been a real inspiration for me."

Brandur's winning design will be exhibited at the Art Gallery until Sunday, 5 July.


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