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07 Feb 2022

Congratulations to the 2021 Corian® Design Award Grand Prize Winners!

The votes are in, and our winners have been announced – it’s time to introduce the 2021 winners of the Corian® Design Awards! These Major Prize winners will enjoy a trip to Queenstown, New Zealand, with CASF.

The Corian® Design Awards celebrate the ingenuity and astounding, vibrant creativity with which the Australian design industry is abounding. The Awards recognise local designers who have made remarkable and innovative use of Corian® in their designs.

In previous years, the Awards have rewarded cutting-edge design and forward-thinking in projects across commercial and residential subsectors. From hospitals and offices to airports and high-end apartments, our judging panels have looked beyond project types to identify bold, divergent thinking, dexterous material use and impeccable craftsmanship.

2021 was no different, with Australia’s design and architectural communities celebrating the best Corian®-designed restaurants, cafes, bars, installations, office spaces and retail spaces for food and drink. With eight projects shortlisted, they highlight detailed, seamless, innovative design approaches that demonstrate a high quality of craftsmanship.

The Residential Winner: Ultraspace

Island Retreat by Mark Gacesa of Ultraspace took out this year’s Residential 2021 Corian® Design Award. Our judging panel took note of the many applications of Corian® throughout the design, used in cleverly detailed, seamless, innovative and unexpected ways. With a high number of Corian® finishes, products and applications throughout, Gacesa looked to create unique points of interest while maintaining symbiosis and harmony.

Going above and beyond the practical applications of Corian® benchtops, integrated sinks and splashbacks, this design used Corian® in the form of decorative screens, fluted panels and bespoke items of furniture and joinery throughout the home. Overall, the judges were deeply impressed by the sense of strength, translucency, solidity and delicacy, expressed through several repeated and layered applications in this beautiful project.

Congratulations, Ultraspace!

The Commercial Winner: Woods Bagot

This cafe bar’s sculptural design truly showcased the unique qualities of the Corian® selection, demonstrating a high quality of craftsmanship within its impressive curvaceous bar. The selection of both ‘Summit white’ and ‘Witch Hazel’ grain, as well as the overall subtle colour tones, worked magnificently to highlight the seamless and smooth velvet-like qualities of Corian®. The bar itself carries both an impressively monolithic design while also cleverly concealing the functional needs of the cafe-bar.

The judging panel was thoroughly impressed by this beautiful, luxurious and inviting commercial space!

About the 2021 Corian® Design Awards Judging Panel

The Corian® Design Awards were judged by a remarkable panel made up of leading designers from across Australia, including Arron Wooster of Smart Design Studio, Sonja Taneska of Hassell Studio, Anne Cameron of Nettleton Tribe, Alex Pritchard of The Galvin Group and Nicola Gibson of Nicola Gibson Architect.

With decades of design and architectural experience behind them, this panel looked for creativity, innovation, quality and detail in its judging approach.

About Corian®

Corian® is a seamless solution to a multitude of demands in surface design. Enabling imagination to meet the needs of safety and functionality, Corian® adapts beautifully to any role. From subtle elegance to the most exotic of forms, this is a material created with innovation in mind. Corian® is renowned for its almost limitless application for residential, public and commercial environments, both indoor and outdoor. With a wide range of products and colours, the only limit to Corian®’s application is your imagination. Learn more about Corian®’s celebrated qualities and discover a wide range of applications here.