Recognising excellence in Australian design, the Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia. The triennial prize is awarded to an Australian design practice displaying outstanding creative achievements in contemporary design.
The shortlist for the Rigg Design Prize 2018 included ten Australian design studios working in the field of interior design and decoration. For the prize exhibition, each studio was invited to design a purpose built interior that responds to the 2018 exhibition theme of Domestic Living. The NGV asked each design studio to produce an interior capable of communicating to audiences how designers create interiors as forms of communication embedded with values, ideas and stories that directly engage with the cultural, historical, material and technological aspects of society.
On 11 October 2018, Melbourne design practice Hecker Guthrie was awarded the prestigious Rigg Design Prize, the highest accolade for Australian contemporary design for their custom-made room The table is the base celebrating the table as a modest yet powerful object, often pulling and binding people together as they gather around it. The prize was judged by Shashi Caan, International Judge of the Rigg Design Prize 2018.
The Rigg Design Prize 2018 shortlist included: Amber Road (NSW), Arent & Pyke (NSW), Danielle Brustman (VIC), Flack Studio (VIC), David Hicks (VIC), Hecker Guthrie (VIC), Martyn Thompson Studio (NYC), Scott Weston Architecture Design (NSW), The Society Inc by Sibella Court (NSW), Richards Stanisich (NSW)