JOE GOES TO HEAD OF THE TABLE
AS a high- end manufacturer, the prestigious Best of the Best award is the ultimate recognition, says winner Joe Stillitano of Western Australian manufacturer International Cabinets. The Best of the Best award is the culmination of all 12 categories in the 12th Annual Australian Furniture of Year Awards for 2007 announced at the Perth Convention Centre last Saturday.
The winning piece is an eight- seater table combining native timbers in a harmonious balance: mainly jarrah, with features, accents and borders of marri and sheoak throughout the top and base.
Stillitano, based in Balcatta Western Australia, was responsible for the design. ‘‘ The objective was to use native timbers to suit a modern lifestyle,’’ he says. He adds that the award is ‘‘ very important’’. He says: ‘‘ It’s the most prestigious award in Australia for furniture makers, so on a national basis in the top end niche market we have established, it’s pretty important.’’
He says the piece, which sells for under $ 5000, is unique because of the way it blends native timbers. ‘‘ The three timbers blend perfectly together and it gives you a classic look,’’ he says. ‘‘ The design is a bit unusual because the edge of the table gives it an eccentric look as well as the design combining the inlays and inserts of the table. The combination of the shape of the pedestal, the recessed inserts of sheoak and the curved edges of the top, as opposed to a square edge, and the insert of the marri runs to the edge of the table on two planes.’’
The table bears the Australian Made tag, which was recently launched to assist consumers in purchasing local products.
Ian Hearn, CEO of the FIAA in Western Australia, says all winning entries proudly wear the new Australian Made swing tag.
The tag offers the consumer a five- star guarantee and peace of mind,’’ he says.
Purchase of a product with the tag ensures quality workmanship, material and design as well as support of sustainable practices.’’