Recognising excellence in contemporary Australian design, the Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for object and furniture design in Australia. Awarded to a designer with outstanding creative achievements, the triennial prize is a reflection of the National Gallery of Victoria’s commitment to contemporary, art, design and architecture.

Curated by the recently established NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, the Rigg Design Prize 2015 showcases a significant body of work from seven outstanding designers. Identified for producing some of the most interesting and compelling object and furniture design in Australia today, the participants include Daniel Emma, Adam Goodrum, Korban Flaubert, Khai Liew, Koskela in collaboration with the weavers of Elcho Island Arts, Brodie Neill and Kate Rohde.

Sydney-based industrial designer Adam Goodrum was the winner of the $30,000 Rigg Design Prize 2015. Goodrum’s winning installation, Unfolding, is inspired by the concept of a flatpack house – an idea the designer first explored in a cardboard shelter that could be used in emergencies. The shelter exhibited at the Australian Parliament House for the Royal Canberra Show a decade ago, surviving a mini-cyclone during the three-week installation.

For the Rigg Design Prize, Goodrum presents a new interpretation of his foldable design, comprising of three miniature houses, each made with transparent acrylic panels coated in dichroic film that cast colourful and etherial shadows onto the gallery walls.


The Rigg Design Prize 2015 is on display from 18 September 2015 – 7 February 2016 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Entry is free.


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[Images courtesy of NGV. Photography by Brooke Holm.]


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