Second year Industrial Design student, Joshua Flowers has won the third annual Sense of Place design competition for 2013. 

His appropriately named, Flower Chair was developed during his second year studio class convened by Dr Mariano Ramirez. The project challenged students to consider the theory of ‘placemaking’ in urban design, which is about giving people a reason to stop and become involved in a public space.

The bold and playful Flower Chair brings the concept of a lounge chair into the outdoors for the first time.

“It is unique because of its bold yet simple shapes and playful use of materials from playground design, like rope, steel, wood and recycled tyre rubber,” said Joshua. 

Joshua is the recipient of $500 prize money and an internship with the Street Furniture Australia team, where he will have the opportunity to develop the Flower Chair to pre-production level.

He says that receiving an award and being acknowledged by industry professionals is an incredible honour.

“Street Furniture Australia are responsible for shaping the environment we live in, so to be offered the chance to develop the product further is an exciting opportunity to contribute in a very real way to the built environment.”

Take a look at more of Joshua’s work on his website