Congratulations to Phil Cuttance, whose 'Faceture' vases are the winner of our 2012 Design Awards.

Our awards recognise excellence in New Zealand furniture and homeware design. This year's judge, Christian Rasmussen of Denmark's Fritz Hansen, praised Phil's creations for the way they blur the boundaries between digital and hand-made objects by creating an interplay between craftsmanship and technology. "They feel like something special that I haven't seen before," Christian said when he examined the vases on a recent visit to Auckland. (In the image above, the vases sit on a 'Gallons' table by Holly Beals, one of our 2012 Design Awards finalists. The photograph is by Toaki Okano, styled by Alicia Menzies and Juliette Wanty).

The vases are made from water-based resin using a polypropylene mould. You can see Phil make them on a machine he created in the short film below. Our congratulations to Phil and the other finalists in our 2012 Design Awards.

You can see full coverage of the awards in our June/July issue, on newsstands from Monday June 4.