Presented each year by Designer Rugs, the Evolve Design Awards has become a platform to show the possibilities of custom rug design to the interior design community, as well as support the industry.

Now in it’s fourth year, 2019 marked a change for the awards. Including a new category shining a light on emerging designers.

Past winners and finalists have included such innovative designs such as Black Hole by Daniel Malik in 2015 and Dusk by Lachlan Allen in 2010 (pictured in feature image).

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Black Hole by Daniel Malik. Interior design by Seagar Design

As explained by Black Hole designer Daniel Malik, the process behind designing the rug began by producing an actual hole as a 3D model. In order to create the illusion the camera in the modeling software was positioned at an average human’s viewing level, relative to the hole in 3D space. That image was then rendered out producing the illusion we see.

Evolve Awards 2019

Entries are have now closed for the Evolve Awards 2019, leaving the finalists waiting with baited breath for the winner announcement in October. Judging the awards are five notable figures in the design industry.

Yosi Tal – Designer Rugs.

Emma Elizabeth – Emma Elizabeth Designs

Griffen Lim – Make Architects

Brenton Smith – Bates Smart

Stephanie Moffit – Mokum

Now, although we won’t know the winner for another month. What we can do, is vote for our favourite in the People’s Choice Awards.

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Two of the shortlisted designs. Lissom by Dana Vuletic and Australian Salt Flats by Shilpa Mohan

The shortlist includes 40 finalists and include some of the finest creative talents in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Casting an eye over the amazing variety of creations, I couldn’t help but notice a common thread. Perhaps a nod of things to come in design trends. Displays of the natural form are evident. From “Her Dress”, inspired by the natural silhouette of draping fabric, to “Australian Salt Flats”, inspired by the salt flats of WA. The other commonality is geometric shapes, essentially a complete opposite from the fluidity of nature.

Voting for the People’s Choice Awards closes on Monday, October 21st 2019.

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