AN empty cereal box tackling hunger has edged out buildings and interiors to win the top award at the 2019 Design Institute of Australia (DIA) WA awards at the weekend.
The awards acknowledge the creative work produced by the WA design community
“Hungry Puffs” by the Brand Agency was named Best in State and also received an Award of Merit.
The lack of contents in the cereal box represented the same breakfast over 100,000 WA children have everyday; each box sold provided 10 children with their next meal.
The judging panel described it as an example of “how our industry can and should contribute to social improvements through design thinking”.
DIA WA chair Stephen Moorcroft said the Brand Agency’s wins showed the institute was a community for all design disciplines.
Other Award of Merit winners included Templewell Studio, La Haus Creative Studio, Rezen studio for Project Wanderlust, a global travel technology company’s Singapore hub; Ohlo Studio for Willing Coffee, a Swan Valley cafe with specialty coffee; and Hassell, Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick & Living Edge for the new Living Edge Showroom at Queen Street, Perth.
The following received commendations:
Form Design Australia Pty Ltd: Aquarius Gen 2 Barrier
Denis Witter: Flower Tower
Hillam Architects: Ember Pendant
Simon Lockwood: Huni Softlight
Woods Bagot: P&N Bank Workplace
Hames Sharley: 240 St Georges Terrace Upgrade Stage 1
Hassell: Rio Tinto Central Park
Arcadia Design Studio: Curtin Think Space
Design Theory: 137 St Georges Terrace
Mata Design Studio: Miss Chow’s South Perth
Woods Bagot: Campus Perth
Hames Sharley: Aspire by Stockland, Calleya
La Haus Creative Studio: Coco & Lola Sydney
DIA WA branch manager Dr Sacha DeVelle said that the number of entries for 2019 was impressive given the challenging market conditions.