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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:
Wood model maker Industrial production, manufacture, metal

EDUCATION:
2005, Master of Design (Product Design), QCA Griffith University, Brisbane Australia

1993 – 1996, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Graphic Design), Frderation University, Ballarat Australia

EXPERIENCE:
2004 – Present, Designer Maker, Integration Studio, Brisbane Australia

2008 – Current, Sessional Lecturer, QCA Griffith University, Brisbane Australia

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Salone Satellite - Cosmit eventi - 20 Years of New Creatvity
2013 High Tide, Queensland Design Now - Brisbane. Australia
2013 Gasworks ‘Generate’ Installation – Brisbane, Australia
2013 Globelight exhibition – Melbourne, Australia
2012 Outtakes - Brisbane, Australia
2011 Matilda, LDF – London, UK
2011 Inter_play, ChanHampe Galleries, Raffles – Singapore
2011 Miniatures and Multiples, SGAR – Brisbane, Australia
2010 100% Design/Futures Shanghai – Shanghai, China
2010 Unlimited, State Library of Queensland – Brisbane, Australia
2010 QDOS DIA Unleashed exhibition – Queensland, Australia
2009 Sydney Design Festival, Sydney Australia
2009 Eat Green Design, Melbourne Australia
2009 Resonanz, Living Edge – Brisbane, Australia
2009 Salone Satellite, ICFF New York, USA
2009 Latitude, Designex – Melbourne, Australia
2009 One exhibition, Space Furniture – Brisbane, Australia
2008 Unleashed, Artisan – Brisbane, Australia
2008 The Edge, AIFF – Sydney, Australia
2008 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
2008 Eat Green Design, State of Design – Melbourne, Australia
2008 Fringe Furniture – Melbourne, Australia
2007 Salone Satellite/Salone del Mobile – Milan, Italy
2007 100% Futures/100% Design London – London, UK
2007 Latitude, Designex – Melbourne, Australia
2007 Vivid, Furnitex – Melbourne, Australia
2007 Fringe Furniture – Melbourne, Australia
2005 100% Design Tokyo, Loop QCA – Tokyo, Japan

AWARDS:
2017 A’ Design Award - Sustainable Design – Costello Seat
2012 FX International Design Award (shortlist) – Greenery
2011 FX International Design Award Winner – Constellation Light
2011 Green Dot Design Award (Hon. M) Constellation Light
2011 Griffith Uni Outstanding AEL Alumnus Award nominee
2011 Design & Design Award – Tectonic Pendant Light
2010 Queensland Premier’s Emerging Design Leader Award
2010 Create Awards, Sustainable Design – Constellation Light
2010 IDEA Awards, Finalist – Constellation Light
2010 Designer Rugs Evolve Awards, Semi-Finalist – DNA
2010 Design & Design Award – Constellation Light
2009 Design & Design Award – Krypton Light
2009 Design & Design Award – O+ Table and Seats
2008 Design & Design Award – Costello Seat
2008 QDOS Silver Award, 3D Sustainable Design – Costello Seat
2008 The Edge, Short-listed – Abbott Lamps
2008 MIFGS Silver Show Award – Lucille Lounge, Tripod Stool
2007 Melb. Fringe Furniture, Sustainable Design – Costello Seat
2007 Launchpad, Short-listed – Costello Seat
2006 Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence

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

BOOKS:
Gration K, 2013 ‘The Tyranny of Distance: Design and Geography’ in Hightide – Queensland Design Now
eds Bird J and Rawsthorn A, Uro Publications, pp. 32-34

ACCOLADES:
2007, 100% Design London 100 Best Designs

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English

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

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2011, Hothouse, QCA Griffith University

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

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
DIA 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:
2019 A’ Design Awards
2012 DIA GOTYA Awards
2011 Queensland Premiers Design Awards

HOBBIES:
Scuba Diving, Skiing, Swimming, Triathlons, Indoor Soccer

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

WEB SITE:
wambamboo.com.au

PORTFOLIO URL:
wambamboo.com.au

REGISTRATION DATE:
2019-03-12 08:50:02

COUNTRY:
Australia

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

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