Nautique is an industry leading American boat manufacturer that produces the very best waterski, wakeboard and wakesurf boats on the market. Nautique continues to drive progression in their award-winning, high-quality boats and products.
Nautique is one of our favourite long-term U.S clients, and once again they reached out to us to create an extremely unique and bespoke piece for their 2022 Marketing Awards. Nautique wanted an award to present back to their top performing dealers with a design that would blow their minds. After initial discussions around the design, they had mentioned an idea of a levitating element in the award but didn’t think this would be possible to produce. After hours of researching and lots of trial and error we were able to design and create a levitating award.
Keeping in-line with the Nautique branding, we utilised black stained timber paired with a mixture of gloss and matte black acrylic. The distinctive feature in this award is the floating and rotating red Nautique logo cube. When the cube is placed over the base, it floats and rotates independently creating a unique focal piece.
This was certainly one of our biggest design challenges in recent years and we loved creating every second of it! Contact us today to discuss your next custom project.
Airtech is one of the largest manufacturers of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials in the USA with numerous international locations.
We were contacted to create these plaques in honour of their 50th anniversary to gift to their loyal customers who have been supporting them over their long spanning history. In the initial design brief, carbon fibre was a texture the client really loved and wanted to be a feature as it ties in with the nature of their business.
We paired the carbon fibre with a natural timber which was hand veneered by our in-house joinery team. The main text of the plaque was laser etched onto the plaque with a silver acrylic plate left blank so that names could be added when required. D-rings were also mounted to the back of the plaques so that they could be hung on to the wall. The Airtech logo was printed onto white acrylic and added as a feature piece to the top of the plaque.
We loved creating these unique, custom plaques. Contact us today to get started on your next custom project.
The Coast-to-Coast race day is an annual event traditionally held at Aquis Park, but was staged at the Sunshine Coast Turb Club due to a $63 million redevelopment underway at the Gold Coast Turf Club. The Coast-to-Coast race day is comprised of multiple races of varying distances and prizes, all including a quality line-up of horses.
We were contacted to create a refreshed, luxurious trophy suite for the 2023 event, to coincide with the renaming of the event. We created a trophy for the winning owner, trainer and jockey of each race. For the top tier race, the $500,000 Group 2 TAB A.D Hollindale Stakes, we created a more opulent version of the trophy to emulate the prestigious nature of the race.
As this event was to be held on the Sunshine Coast as opposed to the usual Gold Coast grounds, We selected a whitewashed natural Australian timber for the main body of the awards instead of the usual natural timber finish. We adorned the awards with an intricate floral detail that was laser cut to reveal gold detailing underneath. The top of the trophy included a laser cut timber horse motif and the text and logo were laser etched onto the body of the trophy.
To add a layer of luxury to the prestigious TAB A.D Hollindale Stakes race, we elected a different laser cut floral pattern to differentiate between the awards.
We loved creating this custom trophy! Contact us today to get started on your next project.
Photos courtesy of Gold Coast Turf Club Facebook page.
Moomba Masters is an annual competition, presented by the Victorian Water Ski Association and is held on the Yarra River, Melbourne. It is comprised of various disciplines of water-skiing activities, with competitors skiing exclusively behind Nautique boats.
We were contacted to create these custom awards for each category of the different events held over the course of the 6-day competition. Although we created a different design for the junior and adult categories, we wanted to ensure both trophies tied in together by using the same design elements and materials across both.
For the junior categories, we used a natural timber block for the body of the trophy, varying the size for the different placings. The text was laser etched on to the font and sides of the awards, with the logo printed on a piece of acrylic which was then layered on another white piece of acrylic. The acrylic was then laser cut to show first, second and third place, which created a sense of depth and draws the eye to the circle in the centre.
We wanted to elevate the awards for the adult categories, whilst still incorporating similar design elements to keep the awards cohesive. We used a combination of clear and white acrylic layers to build up the body of the award, with Australian timber selected for the front and back of the trophy. The centre of the award was left clear to give the logo a floating effect. The timber was laser cut to show the Victorian Water Ski Association logo, which was UV printed on the white acrylic layer behind. The categories were then laser etched on to the front timber, with silver finishing screws used to tie the design together.
We loved creating these unique trophies! Contact us today to get started on your next custom project.
Photos courtesy of the Moomba Masters Facebook Page.
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic is an exclusive race held at the Gold Coast Racecourse every January as part of the Magic Millions Racing Carnival. The race is a 1200m sprint and is worth $2 million in prize money.
We created this unique and luxurious trophy for the winning trainer, jockey and owner for the race. The body of the trophy was created using a natural timber that has been laser cut with a wave pattern motif. Gold acrylic accents were then added to create a touch of luxury, which ties in with the prestigious nature of the race. The race details were laser etched onto a gold acrylic plate, with the winner details being etched into the body of the trophy. We incorporated the iconic Gold Coast skyline at the and a gold acrylic, laser cut horse and jockey as a unique focal piece.
We loved creating this unique, custom trophy. Contact us today to get started on your next project!
Photos courtesy of the Magic Millions Facebook page.
The True Zero Carbon Challenge is a competition developed by Design Matters National. Entrants are required to design sustainable housing that adheres to a strict brief, with the aim of the home to pay back its carbon debt by 2050.
We were contacted by the team at design matters to create a distinctive and sustainable award using natural materials that reflected the outcomes of the challenge.
This award was created using recycled hardwood fence posts originally sourced from a farm in northern New South Wales. The posts are very weathered and have all their original characteristics including holes from the fence wire and nail holes throughout the blocks. The timber which was left very much in its natural state was perfect for this design brief as it reflects the essence of the challenge. No two blocks were the same which created a bespoke and memorable experience.
The text and logo were then etched onto the block, with an additional silver acrylic logo added to the front of the award, which created a focal piece.
We loved created this custom award! Contact us today to create your next custom project!
Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=553786783452110&set=pb.100064623792470.-2207520000.&type=3
The Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs supports children, young people and their families to be safe and to flourish in the community.
We were contacted to create a unique and memorable custom trophy for their 2022 Staff Excellence Awards. We created a large trophy for the winner of each category, and a slightly smaller variation for the highly commended runner-up.
This unique arch shaped design used a variety of techniques to create a bold and eye-catching keepsake. We used layers of Australian native timber which was then laser cut to shape and arranged to create a sense of depth. The edges of the award were left exposed to allow the natural light to create a shadow effect upon the layers and highlight the bright ribbon motif.
We loved creating this unique award! Contact us today to get started on your next custom design project.
The Smith Family Challenge is an off-road experience that is held over 2 days. The teams navigate over a variety of terrains, switching between foot, bike and water to cross the finish line. 100% of the proceeds of the entry cost are donated to children in need.
The trophy was created as a memorial for Nick Vasudeva, one of the victims of a tragic helicopter crash in Mount Disappointment, Victoria in April 2022. Nick was a competitor in the Smith Family Challenge in previous years.
We were contacted to create a trophy for the challenge to encompass the environment in which the challenge was held.
We used a light, natural timber and a combination of laser etching and UV printing for the event details and company logo. The map of the challenge was divided across multiple timber layers to create an intriguing sense of depth. Sections were then pre-cut from the back of the trophy, allowing space for silver acrylic rectangles to be added later.
We loved creating this unique and memorable trophy for the Smith Family in honour of Nick Vasudeva.
Contact us today to get started on your next custom trophy project!
The Australian Bodysurfing Classic is an annual event that attracts over 140 global competitors and is New South Wales biggest surfing event. The event is held to promote the sport of bodysurfing, uniting the community and promoting inclusivity.
We were tasked with creating a new trophy to encompass the essence of the event. Using natural timbers and colours true to that of the Australian beach environment.
We created this unique, surfboard shaped trophy using natural Australian timber and layers of blue acrylic in varying shades. An oceanic texture was UV printed behind the blue acrylic layers to achieve a sense of depth, much like that of the ocean. A silver layer of acrylic accents the inside of the surfboard, drawing attention to the brands logo. The competition details were then etched onto the base of the trophy, with sections pre-cut from the back of the trophy, allowing space for the gold acrylic rectangles to be added later. This was a great way to increase the longevity of the trophy, as the gold acrylic rectangles can be etched and added in as required.
We loved creating this fun and unique trophy!
Contact us today to get started creating your next custom award.
The Magic Millions Country Cup is a 1200m sprint race held annually every January at the Gold Coast Turf Club. The race is comprised of Magic Millions graduates only with a winning prize of $500,000.
We created this unique and opulent trophy for the winning owner, jockey and trainer, each in varying sizes. For this year’s trophies we drew inspiration from floral arches which are present at many race days. We were able to utilise a variety of materials to create the desired effect including laser cut floral details and a laser cut gold horse silhouette which adds a touch of luxury and elegance. The logo and text were then laser etched onto the body of the trophy.
Contact us today to start creating your next custom trophy!
Photo courtesy of the Racing Queensland website
This year we were asked to update the Nautique Presidents award to a new style, to reflect the design elements used in their boats. We were able to utilise interesting and eye-catching 3D geometric shapes, which ties back to the design details within the Nautique Boats.
The main body of the award was hand veneered by our in-house joinery team, and additional details and logos were laser etched into the base. Our designers were able to create a custom 3D model of the geometric shapes, that was embedded into the face of the trophy. To finish the trophy off with a pop of colour we added a uv-printed piece of red acrylic, highlighting the clients logo.
These awards were a real hit within our team and with the client. Contact us today to start designing your next award!
Photo courtesy of Buxton Marine on Facebook
Design Matters is a prominent and experienced company for Building Designers and industry professionals. Members are supported via government advocacy programs, education, mentoring and networking. They share a passion for sustainability and better design. Design Matters reached out to us in need of a custom award that features elements used in building processes.
Our design team utilised a concrete base feature in conjunction with hand veneered native timber. It was then embellished this with laser etching, gold acrylic details and printed text. This trophy highlights the Design Matters aim to maintain quality building design with the highest professional and ethical standards.
We enjoyed researching and experimenting with concrete elements to find the perfect design solution for this award. Contact us today to discuss your next design solution.