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!
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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.
Hedges Avenue, also known as Millionaire’s Row, is one of the most prestigious beachfront streets in the Gold Coast. It is comprised of multi-million-dollar homes and apartments, showcasing coastal architecture and encompassing the Gold Coast luxury lifestyle. We were contacted to create these exciting finishes boxes for a new development, 200 Hedges.
Our in-house joinery team hand crafted this box out of native Australian timber, wrapping it with a custom fabric suited to the branding of the development. The logo was then printed on the inside and outside of the box. The box also included a removable panel with images and descriptions of all the materials to be used in the ocean houses. Underneath this removable panel, we included a physical sample of each material, so that potential buyers could take out and feel all the samples, making it a unique and interactive experience.
We absolutely loved creating this unique developer box! Contact us today to create your next custom 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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
Boating Magazine named Nautique Boats ‘Super Air Nautique GS22E’ Boat of the Year! Voted on by the editorial staff of Boating Magazine, this coveted award celebrates the most innovative and impressive boat model in all type, size and categories tested. The team at Nautique is extremely proud to bring home this sought-after award and wanted a trophy to commemorate this important accolade at the Miami Boat show.
We were able to create a sizable trophy, using geometric angles and gold mirror elements. The propeller in the centre of the award spins to create an interactive feature, while the black stained timber makes the red and gold details pop.
We are very proud to work with Nautique again on their awards this year and congratulate them on this tremendous accomplishment.
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We were contacted by the proud mum of one of our Gold Medal winning Australians, asking us to create a set of appreciation plaques that highlighted her sons achievements. We were stoked to be working with her on this project and are really happy with how the finished plaque turned out.
Utilising a combination of laser cut timber and printed acrylic features, this plaque showcases a replica medal alongside photos of the moments leading up to and just after receiving it. The frame also incorporates a portion of the Tokyo 2020 logo, to give it that extra special touch.
We loved working on this project, and hope to do another special project like this soon. Contact us today to begin designing yours!
Our friends over at the Gold Coast Turf Club contacted us to help create a custom stand for their TAB Military Rose Plate award. The award pays tribute to one of only three Gold Coast trained horses in history to have won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic!
After we were supplied with the existing Rose Gold plate, we developed a base shape to showcase the plate whilst making sure the plate wouldn’t be too top heavy. To embellish the base we utilised laser cutting techniques to feature a rose coming through the timber. We also included a large scale laser etch over the edges to create a tactile and contrasting feature. Felt was also utilised in the centre slot, to prevent any scratching occurring on the plate.
We were very pleased with the outcome of this base. Contact us
today to start designing custom awards for your next event.