This year’s Design Challenge centered on architecture-inspired designs. Design and art students and young artists and designers were invited to participate and to highlight the richness and diversity from different cultures all over the world in their patterns. The challenge provided the participants with a platform to express their view on traditional culture and multiculturalism.
The jury comprising Mr. Tran Van Binh, Manager of Art Media Center, HCMC University of Architecture, and Mr. Nguyen Hoang Manh, co-founder of MIA Design Studio had the honor to select the best pattern from the Kohler Design Challenge. The winning patterns were transferred on to our sinks.
The winning piece was inspired by the religious architecture of the Cham temples. The curves and pointed tops create consistency and harmony. The selected colors are used to create a mysterious vibe according to the legends of the temples.
The second prize is a pattern design inspired by the Heydar Aliyev Center that was designed by the late Zaha Hadid in 2007. The pattern is designed as two pieces of silk connected and laid on top of each other. The repetition interlaces. The idea was drawn from the traditional Azerbaijan weaving method.
The third prize has its roots in Japanese culture. The design represents Torii – traditional Japanese gates – that are commonly seen at the entrance of Shinto shrines. These gates mark the transition from mortality and spirituality. Combined with the image of a koi carp and the symbolic transformation into a dragon the pattern demonstrates ‘moving and ‘immobility’.The Design Challenge is an event focusing on talent from Vietnam specifically. It complements the Bold. Art. exhibition and the presentation of the latest Artist Editions sinks perfectly.
The display of the winning pieces is part of the Bold. Art. exhibition that is free and open to the public until 17 August.