The Bricolage Design Prize was initiated in 2008 as an annual event to encourage entrants to develop a marketable product from a reliable source of inert industrial waste. In 2011 designers and innovators were encouraged to apply for the $7000 Major Prize or the $500 Tassal Bright Ideas Prize. Bricolage has several aims:
- to encourage industry and the wider community to think about waste as a possible resource with opportunities for value-adding;
- to facilitate the design and creation of high quality Tasmanian products made from waste materials;
- to support designers and foster innovation by showcasing waste-derived products to the public;
- to provide incentives and support for small business development based on recovery of resources; and
- to ultimately reduce waste to landfill.
A lamp cleverly made from salvaged sheet metal offcuts was judged the winner of the 2011 Bricolage Design Prize.
Michael O’Brien's ‘Alluviya Pendant Lamp’ consisted of 90 per cent waste material, with sheet scraps readily available. The judges decided that as the lamp is relatively easy to construct and has aesthetic appeal, it is quite possible that this product will be successful in the marketplace.
David Stephen won the 2011 Bright Ideas Prize with his entry 'Twin Chamber Worm Palace'. The Worm Palace is made up of 95 percent industrial waste and meets a perceived gap in the market for compost bins with two chambers.
The 2010 winner Shauna Mayben was interviewed by Airlie Ward from the ABC television program Stateline Tasmania with regard to her winning entry.
Images of the types of products initiated by designers in response to the Bricolage challenge are pictured:
The Bricolage Design Prize was sponsored by the Environment Protection Authority, Fonterra, Cadbury and Tassal.