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The Mercedes-Benz Design Award is a celebration of excellence in design form and function. Now in its fourth year, the award seeks to uncover new Australian design talent and help kickstart their career. The winning design will be manufactured by one of Australia’s leading local designers.

This year the Mercedes-Benz Design Award asked for design entries that enhance the lounge space – with an emphasis on sustainability. Designs for all product ranges were welcomed, from coffee tables and lamps, to entertainment units and footrests.

From three finalists, one winning designer will have their design manufactured and sold by design retailer Cult, along with mentorship from Cult co-founder and director Richard Munao; Mercedes-Benz product manager André Dutkowski; Foolscap Studio founder and director Adele Winteridge; and winner of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Design Award, Tom Fereday. The winner will also receive a new Mercedes-Benz for an extended loan.

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Mercedes-Benz x Sustainability

More than 130 years ago, Mercedes-Benz invented the automobile. Today, this spirit of innovation and passion for design is more crucial than ever in the search for sustainable solutions.

Living sustainably is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and Mercedes-Benz pursues operational strategies to reduce the ecological impact of its vehicles, while continuing to set the standard for car design.

Mercedes-Benz has already launched the EQ brand and begun the transition to an electric future. By 2022, Mercedes-Benz will offer seven different full electric vehicles across various segments. It continuously improves its environmental practices, manufacturing processes and waste management.

Mercedes-Benz demonstrates a strong commitment to environmentally minded design, proudly presenting the 2018 Design Award with a focus on sustainability.


Mentors

André Dutkowski is the senior manager for product management and strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars, based in Melbourne.

André Dutkowski
Mercedes-Benz

Richard Munao is the founder and director of Sydney-based design retailer Cult Design, which now has outlets and distributors across Australia and New Zealand.

Richard Munao
Cult Design Founder

Adele Winteridge is the founder and director of Foolscap Studio, an interior architecture and design practice with offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

Adele Winteridge
Interior Designer

Tom Fereday is a Sydney-based designer and winner of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Design Award for his “SIA” chair.

Tom Fereday
Designer

Katya Wachtel is the editorial director of Broadsheet.

Katya Wachtel
Broadsheet Editorial Director


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