Design students top craft and design awards


Sian Hosking-Berge, winner of the ECC Furniture and Product Design Award.

Industrial design graduate Sian Hosking Berge, winner of the ECC Furniture and Product Design Award for BOU bike.


Excellence in student design was celebrated at the ECC New Zealand Student Craft/Design Awards at the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt last Tuesday evening, with Massey University students receiving awards and commendations for fashion, textile, furniture, lighting and product design.

Bachelor of Design industrial design graduate Sian Hosking Berge won the ECC Furniture and Product Design Award with BOU, a clever kitset balance bike and scooter for 2-5-year olds, that enables children to experience creating their own ride-on toy. 

It added to a successful year for Ms Hosking Berge, who in July was awarded a Red Dot “Best of the Best” award, a gold Best Award last month and in September was named a national runner-up in the James Dyson awards for BOU.

Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts student Tessa Williams’ Te Whare Wananga design was highly commended in the Lighting category. The whare wānanga is designed to raise confidence to speak te Reo Māori, live by Māori values and discuss Māori issues.

Industrial design students Caprece Trail, Brianna Conelly, Anna-Maria Nilsson and Austin Martin were highly commended in the ECC Furniture and Product Design Award for their chair 5th degree,a dynamic geometric design with angles that make the chair more comfortable.

Design students Solomon Meredith and Hamish Maunsell were also highly commended in the ECC Furniture and Product Design Award, for Tulum Riser, a sustainable dining chair with a flat pack design combining raw nature with geometric forms.

Fashion student Johani Louw was highly commended in the Friends of The Dowse Fashion and Textiles Award for her Salient collection, a fashion collection subverting patriarchal ideals of the feminine.

And textile students Guinevere Cherrill and Tallulah Farrar were both highly commended in the Friends of The Dowse Fashion and Textiles Award for their designs Contrast of Saturation and GLOW respectively. Contrast of Saturation showcases weaving, dyeing and embroidery, and GLOW is a knitted safety apparel solution, using light reflecting, generating and enhancing materials to increase visibility of cyclist commuters.

The ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards is in its 30th year, and was judged by ECC design consultant Anita Dykes, Urbis magazine editor Federico Monsalve,  Ian Douglas of jewellery designers The Village Goldsmith), Dowse Art Museum director Karl Chitham and guest judge Marilou Dadat, the head designer for Kowtow.

The winning entries are on display at the Dowse Art Museum until November 16.

BOU Bike

Sian Hosking Berge's BOU Bike design.


Full list of Massey University winners and finalists:

ECC Furniture and Product Design Award – winner

Sian Hosking Berge 

BOU bike

Bachelor of Design Industrial Design graduate 2019

ECC Furniture and Product Design Award – highly commended

Caprece Trail, Brianna Conelly, Anna-Maria Nilsson and Austin Martin

5th degree chair

Bachelor of Design Industrial Design

ECC Furniture and Product Design Award – highly commended

Solomon Meredith, Hamish Maunsell

Tulum Riser chair

Graduate Diploma in Design

Bachelor of Design

ECC Lighting Award – highly commended

Tessa Williams

Te Whare Wānanga

Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts

Friends of The Dowse Fashion and Textiles Award – highly commended

Johani Louw

Salient Collection

Bachelor of Design Fashion Design Graduate 2019

Friends of The Dowse Fashion and Textiles Award – highly commended

Guinevere Cherrill

Contrast of Saturation

Bachelor of Design Textile Design

Friends of The Dowse Fashion and Textiles Award – highly commended

Tallulah Farrar

GLOW

Bachelor of Design Textile Design

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