Golds for Lu­uTomes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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 bay­ley­lu­u­


Liv­ing art: Bay­ley Lu­uTomes with mum Haluu and his com­pleted ex­hi­bi­tion that won him dou­ble gold at the Eller­slie In­ter­na­tional Flower Show.

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