2017 saw the 4th instalment of the bi-annual Formica Formations design competition, brought to you by Laminex New Zealand. Our continued role in developing the competition framework spanned from the creation of the design brief through to management and staging of the awards evening. The design brief was a departure from the past, in that it challenged New Zealand’s design community to think outside of the square, as it wasn’t anchored to any specific piece of furniture or known object.

“What defines a home, a design, an aesthetic or a style as modern? We live in a world of change, constantly challenging us to rethink the way we behave, how we engage and react to the people and places around us. In our homes, working environments and shared spaces we live out our relationships with the world in what can seem to be an ever-increasing degree of exposure. We’re all at once connected and separated, unified and fragmented. With that exposure comes responsibility. How can innovative thinking, using Formica laminate, enhance our modern environment and contribute to a better life, a better home and a better world for all.”

Traditionally the winning pieces, as selected by the panel of judges, made up of esteemed design industry leaders, would have been fabricated for the awards evening. In line with the “A Forward Life” theme, this year we bought the winning designs to life through a fully immersive virtual reality experience. The Formica Formations design competition represents a way for Laminex New Zealand to support the NZ design community while driving innovation allowing for its product to be showcased in inventive ways.


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