2012 Bachelor of Interior Design graduate, Brad Mitchell has been short listed for the 2014 Space and Moooi Design Residency in the Netherlands.
Brad’s designs are currently being assessed by a panel that includes Moooi co-founders Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers, and Space Furniture General Manager Christina Caredes in February.
Brad says that being shortlisted in the competition was his ultimate goal.
“I thought if I can just get shortlisted then it will be enough to say I have furniture ideas that I should pursue.
“Now that I’m shortlisted I’m up against some pretty tough competition. Others who made the short list already have their own firms with items already in production and for sale. I have my fingers crossed that I have done my best.”
During the eight week program at the Moooi headquarters in Breda, Netherlands, the successful designer will work closely with the Moooi team, gaining insights and first-hand experience across all aspects of the business. The ultimate aim for The Residency is to see the winning product become part of Moooi’s collection.
Although he can’t yet talk about the designs he has entered, the competition brief requested a dining/desk chair family which will include members with and without arms, and with or without upholstery. Brad entered three different families of chairs ranging from molded fiberglass shells on slender copper legs, painted slotted timber chairs and puffy upholstered seats with wire sled bases.
“Most competitions require a prototype or final design to be built for you to enter, so I have found it difficult to be able to take part in these, however this competition was all about ideas so I jumped at it.”
Brad says that being recognised for his ability in furniture design is rewarding.
“I have always loved designing furniture and did it throughout my Interior Architecture degree because I felt, if I’m designing a unique space, why not design the furniture too?”
The winner will be announced on February 13. We wish brad all the best in the final stage of the competition.