Submit an original design for one of the following products: Bathroom furniture (eg vanity unit), Toilet, Basin, Mixer, 3 piece Tapware, Shower, Bath or Accessory Range. You’ll need to provide a complete set of drawings (including 2D and 3D modelling) and a brief supporting design statement.
To be eligible, you must be a permanent Australian resident or the holder of a student visa permitting temporary residence in Australia until at least 30 September 2012, as a design professional or a student in a design discipline.
Vogue Living Editor, David Clark, has worked in the interior design industry for more than 25 years. After graduating with a Commerce degree from the University of Queensland (UQ), Clark pursued a more creative path in design. In Sydney, and then later in London, he worked in the fabrics industry selling interior furnishing fabrics for leading textiles houses. After a decade, he returned to his first love, architecture, graduating with a degree in Design Studies (Architecture) from UQ. While working with an architecture firm in Brisbane, and teaching design at UQ, he began to work as Brisbane Editor for Belle. Seduced by publishing, Clark returned to Sydney as Design Editor and subsequently Deputy Editor for Belle. He then freelanced for several years as an architecture and design writer for Australian and international publications, and as a consultant for leading Australian design retailers.
Clark returned to his publishing career at the helm of Vogue Living Australia, which he has edited for almost eight years. As Editor of Vogue Living he has established himself as an authoritative voice and an expert in his field.
Interior Designer, Artist and Renovation Expert Shaynna Blaze is the co-host and Interior Design expert on The LifeStyle Channel program Selling Houses Australia – the Australian version of the highly successful British program “Selling Houses”. Shaynna also recently became a judge on hit Australian TV show The Block.
Starting as an interior designer over 20 years ago, she travelled the country designing retail showrooms. Now armed with vast life experience, passion for design and solving design issues, Shaynna transforms commercial, private and retail premises from the most modest of budgets to multi-million dollar projects, in her design studio Blank Canvas Interiors.
Renowned industrial designer, Antonio Bullo, was born just outside of Venice where he is currently based today. After acquiring three diplomas across various art and design disciplines, Bullo has gone on to collect multiple awards over the course of his professional career, including four gold medals at the Faenza International ceramic competition and no less than two Design Plus awards at ISH, the World’s leading bathroom exhibition.
Well known for his inspiring work with Roca, the leading global bathroom brand, Bullo’s unique specialty in bathroom product design has led him to design some cutting edge bathroom furnishings. Bullo’s latest range for Roca, the Gap bathroom and furniture collection, is a fine example.
When formulating new product designs, Bullo believes the product must be an extension of the company’s soul and consistent with the markets in which it is competing.
Second time winner of the Reece Bathroom Innovation Awards, Justin Wagemakers, now joins the 2012 judging panel to help find Australia’s next innovative bathroom product of the future.
Wagemakers has welcomed new cultures and ideas from a very young age, travelling extensively with his parents, migratory diplomats.
Settling in The Netherlands, Wagemakers graduated from The Design Academy, working with Scope Design Strategy and Phillips Design on innovative ventures such as the Noah’s Ark Experience Design project. In 2006, Justin migrated to Australia and now works as a senior designer at Blue Sky Design Group in Sydney.
Submissions for the BIA 2012 will be assessed by a panel of industry leaders, who represent all areas of design, production and marketing.
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Innovation is central to Australia’s future prosperity.
Nurturing fresh ideas and creative design, and bringing innovative new products to market, fosters economic growth and social well-being.
In an era of global economic competition, industrial design is more important than ever.
It helps firms meet their customer’s needs for functionally convenient and aesthetically attractive products.
I commend Reece for its pursuit of excellence in manufacturing and its recognition of the importance of good design.
The Australian Government is committed to an innovative, dynamic and high-quality manufacturing sector in this country.
That is why I am pleased to support the Reece Bathroom Innovation Award 2012 and wish all competitors the best of luck.
The Hon Greg Combet MP
Minister for Industry and Innovation
As an enabler for innovation, design helps business to create attractive and highly functional products and services.
The Victorian Government sees design as a tool for Victorian businesses and communities to grow and develop – locally and globally – increasing our overall economic prosperity and standard of living.
On behalf of the Victorian Governement, I’d like to thank Reece Australia for its enthusiasm for design and its organization of the Reece Bathroom Innovation Award (BIA).
Now, in its seventh year, the Reece BIA 2012 is an excellent opportunity for design professionals and students in a design discipline to showcase their talents to the Australian design industry and potential customers overseas.
I encourage all business to embrace the benefits offered by design to improve their performance and I encourage Australian designers to guide the way.
I congratulate all the 2012 BIA competition entries and look forward to seeing the winning entries.
The Hon Louise Asher MP
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business
The Reece Bathroom Innovation Award (BIA) provides a great opportunity for students of all design principles to develop industry awareness and to test their creative design skills against the very best within the Australian design and architecture industry.
Students at the University of South Australia have been eager participants in the Reece BIA since its inception in 2005. It has been gratifying to see the competition develop and grow over the years to become a mainstay of the Australian design calendar.
The Reece BIA continues to be a very generous award, not only financially but also in assisting students in raising their profile within the industry. It also gives participants the opportunity to meet and connect with some of the most influential creative thinkers of Australian design.
We are proud of our involvement with the Reece BIA in the past, most notably Toby Nowland’s winning ‘Eggshell Bath’ entry in 2011, and will continue to actively support our student’s participation in these prestigious awards for years to come.
Industrial Design Lecturer – University of South Australia
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Entries for the Reece Bathroom Innovation Award 2012 have now closed, many thanks to all who entered. Winners will be announced at the Reece BIA 2012 award ceremony during Saturday in Design in Melbourne on 18 August 2012.
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The Reece bathroom innovation award is a design award
established to encourage original and outstanding bathroom
The award is an opportunity for new and established Australian designers and architects to explore the boundaries of innovation and expression in the form of beautiful and functional bathroom products.
The award aims to showcase creativity and recognise and reward design excellence.
The Reece bathroom innovation award is open to design professionals as well as design students with separate cash prizes awarded in each category.
To be eligible to enter the award you must be:
Yes, provided you are a student in architecture, industrial design or other design course and either a permanent resident of Australia or the holder of a student visa permitting temporary residence in Australia valid until 30 September 2012 or beyond.
Yes, provided you are a holder of a student visa permitting temporary residence in Australia valid until 30 September 2012.
No, the Reece bathroom innovation award is for the design of new and original product.
All submissions must be received by 31 May 2012.
All entries are to be posted to: The Reece Bathroom Innovation Award, Private Bag 109, Burwood, Victoria, 3125
All submissions must comprise a complete set of drawings including 2D and 3D modelling. They must be submitted in hard copy and on disc in high resolution PDF format. Each entry must be submitted with a brief, typed design statement of no more than 500 words. Each submission must be clearly identified with the entrant's identification code. Each page of your drawings, the CD and your design statement must be identified with your entry identification number only. To ensure anonymity, your name or any other identifying reference (eg. logos, symbols or name of practice) should not appear on the submission.
No. Submissions must be sent to The Reece Bathroom Innovation Award, Private Bag 109, Burwood, Victoria, 3125.
Yes. Submissions must be sent to The Reece Bathroom Innovation Award, 118 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125.
No. Submissions will not be returned. You should keep a copy of your submission for your records.
Applicants will be notified of the receipt of their submissions via email. Registration requires a valid email address.
You need to register your details before printing an entry form so that we can contact you about the Reece bathroom innovation award. Your contact details will be kept confidential and will only be used in relation to the Reece bathroom innovation award.
Click on Print Entry Form and enter the entry identification code that you received when you registered into the form. Your entry form will then be available to print. If you have lost your entry code, you can retrieve it by entering the email address you registered with in the lost your code form.
Just enter the email address you registered with into the Lost Your Code form, and we'll send your entry identification code again.
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All submissions will be assessed anonymously. The identity of the entrants will only be revealed once the judges have confirmed the winners. When making their assessments, the judges will have regard to the following criteria and requirements:
The product needs to display design that is aesthetically focused yet functional, showing a real understanding of its uses and prospective users. Judges will consider whether the product could add to contemporary practice in Australia.
Design must show a real understanding of the functionality of the product.
Must meet relevant design and legislative standards - Australian Standards, Watermark, WELS or BCA.
The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If an entry or entrant is found to be invalid, the judging shall be repeated. The judges will make their decisions by 30 June 2012. Prizes will be awarded at the judges' absolute discretion. There will be no obligation on the judging panel to award either the student or professional prize if they so decide.
You need to submit a design of one of the following products:
Your submission must comprise a complete set of drawings including 2D and 3D modelling. They must be submitted in hard copy and on disc in high resolution PDF format.
Design drawings must be to a working standard, ie from the drawings it must be clearly seen that the product will work/function.
You'll also need to provide a brief, typed design statement of no more than 500 words on how and why you chose the product and subsequent design, highlighting any functional, innovative, environmental, special needs or technical advancements or enhancements.
For more information about how your submission should be presented and other important conditions, please read each section of the Rules and Conditions carefully.
(Saturday in Design 2012)
Winners announced and finalists published