Golds for LuuTomes
Bayley LuuTomes was the toast of the Ellerslie International Flower Show after the Tawa designer took away two gold medals for his exhibition.
LuuTomes was named student of the year in the Emerging Designs category, with his $40,000 rooftop garden creation based on a work by Dutch ‘‘De Stijl’’ painter Pieter Mondrian.
Days after the judges handed out the awards in Christchurch, he was still struggling to get his emotions in check.
‘‘I’m just so rapt,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s unbelievable and the response has been amazing. It’s been a really worthwhile experience, I’ve made plenty of connections and had offers to show overseas, which is huge for me.’’
LuuTomes won gold for the lighting and for the exhibition itself, a multifunctional garden that features an outdoor TV, glass bridge, fireplace, LED lighting and more than 1200 plants. It has straight lines and uses primary colours and the setting can be changed so the host could entertain in different layouts.
Judges said his work stood out due to its use of space, materials and ‘‘faultless construction’’.
He says he was working on it up till five minutes before the cutoff point, with plenty of help from his mother. He acknowledged the tradespeople and suppliers who gave him materials at cost.
‘‘ There was a few hairy moments, I have some stories to tell, but all the work’s paid off.’’
A student of Wellington Open Polytechnic, LuuTomes hopes his success at the show will launch his own design business.
He has had an offer to display his design at the Hampton Court Flower Show in July. Contact him at email@example.com.
Living art: Bayley LuuTomes with mum Haluu and his completed exhibition that won him double gold at the Ellerslie International Flower Show.