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About Kent Gration : As a globally awarded, published and recognised environmentally-aware designer Kent Gration's furniture and lighting range 'Wambamboo' has enabled and provided an important platform to create a discourse within the global design community and general consumer market regarding sustainability in the furniture and lighting design sectors. Kent pioneered the use of bamboo in high-end furniture and lighting design at the Salone Satellite in 2007, promoting its environmentally-aware benefits with national and international awards and recognition in many leading awards programs and publications. Kent has been highly regarded within academic settings, as a sessional lecturer and design facilitator.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Good design should last forever, but needn't last forever in the environment. Design should be derived from the necessary, rather than generated from the needs and wants of a select few. In order to design an object that is sustainable with reference to its longevity and the potential of a consumer retaining and using the product for life, a designer must first assess the impact of material selection, refined aesthetics and most importantly form and structural integrity. Design should not be ephemeral, but transcend time without adhering to a certain or on-trend aesthetic. Above all good design should provide a platform to encourage discourse regarding sociological and environmentally aware issues that requiring addressing through a considered and inclusive design-led approach.

ORGANIZATION:
Integration Studio

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Graphic designer Media, graphic, printing, culture, design

EDUCATION:
1993-1996, Graphic Design, BA Visual Communication, University of Ballarat, Ballarat Australia
2005, Product Design, Master of Design Product Design, QCA Griffith University, Brisbane Australia

EXPERIENCE:
2004-Present, Designer Maker, Integration Studio, Brisbane Australia
2008-2013, Sessional Lecturer, QCA Griffith University, Brisbane Australia

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
2005, 100% Design Tokyo, Tokyo Japan
2007, Salone Satellite, Milan Italy
2007, 100% Design London, London UK
2007, Fringe Furniture, Melbourne Australia
2007, Latitude Design, Melbourne Australia
2008, QDOS Awards, Brisbane, Australia
2009, New York Design Week, New York USA
2009, Fringe Furniture, Melbourne Australia
2009, Eat Green Design, Melbourne Australia
2011, Miniatures and Multiples, Raffles, Singapore, Singapore
2012, Miniatures, SGAR Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2013, Globelight, Annita Treviso Gallery, Richmond, Australia
2017, Salone Satellite 20 years exhibition, Milan, Italy

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2013, Globelight, Annita Treviso Gallery, Richmond, Australia
2017, Salone Satellite 20 years exhibition, Milan, Italy

AWARDS:
2007, Winner, Fringe Furniture Sustainable Design Award, Melbourne Australia
2008, Winner, QDOS Susrainable Design Award, Brisbane Australia
2010, Winner, Emerging Design Leader Award, Queensland Premiers Design Award, Brisbane Australia
2011, Winner, Sustainable Design, FX International Interior Design Awards, London, UK
2012, Finalist, Surface Design, FX International Interior Design Awards, London, UK
2012, Honourable Mention, Green Dot Design Awards, Los Angeles, USA
2016, Short List, WIN Awards, London, UK

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2007, Lucille Lounge, AD Milan, Milan Italy
2007, Lucille Lounge, Elle Norway, Oslo Norway
2007, Costello Seat, In habitat, US
2007, Costello Seat, 100% Design London website
2008, Costello Seat, Indesign Magazine, Australia
2008, Costello Seat, Dwell Magazine, China
2009, Costello Seat, Green Design Magazine, Australia
2011, Wambamboo range, Indesign Magazine, Australia
2012, Supernova Pendant Light, Monument Magazine, Australia

ACCOLADES:
2007, 100% Design London 100 Best Designs

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe CS, Sketchup, 3DS Max, Maxwell Render, Expert in all

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2011, Hothouse, QCA Griffith University

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2012, DIA Queensland Councillor, Brisbane Australia

COLLECTIONS:
2007, Fondazione Cosmit Eventi, Costello Seat, Milan Italy
2007, Banyule City Council, Costello Seat, Melbourne Australia
2009, Powerhouse Museum, O+ Table, Sydney, Australia

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2009, QDOS Design Awards, Brisbane Australia
2013, GOTYE DIA Queensland Awards, Brisbane Australia

HOBBIES:
Scuba Diving, Skiing, Swimming, Triathlons

CLIENTELE:
2007 - current, JPE Architects, Furniture Designer
2007 - Current, Buro North Architects, Furniture Designer
2007 - current, Wambamboo, Furniture Designer

WEB SITE:
Www.wambamboo.com.au

PORTFOLIO URL:
www.wambamboo.com.au

REGISTRATION DATE:
2017-04-03 16:39:48

COUNTRY:
Australia

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Kent Gration


Costello Seat Seat

A' Design Award Winner for Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category in 2016
Kent Gration for Wambamboo by Kent Gration

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