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The LAVA designed MTV Awards Installation has been shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Interior Design Awards Environmentally Sustainable Design category. Suspended in the Sydney Convention Centre for the 2009 award program, the sculpture provided an intense visual environment for the global TV show.

The design is at once comforting, yet alien. Drawing its design inspiration from natural patterns found perhaps in membranes  and sea anemones, the digital design was realized in lightweight fabric, using the latest digital fabrication and engineering techniques. The design seeks to create more with less. The 108m3 of space is enclosed within a minimal surface area of 568m2 and uses only113.6kg of lightweight material. Yet there is no shortage of eye candy to keep a fickle TV audience glued to their seats as the engaging interior landscape supports the MTV award experience.

LAVA worked with Graphic Designer TOKO, Julio Himede, and programmer/animator Robyn Pyon to develop the graphics that were projected according to each musical performance. The graphics were also used to create an overall atmosphere of celebration, creativity and energy.

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Tensile Membrane Company Mak Max,  fabricated the structure utlizing their unique workflow environment that converts the complex and precise shapes from digital design to digital fabrication.

The Australian Interior Design Awards recognize and celebrate interior design excellence via a credible, industry-based program, which is backed by the Design Institute of Australia, the professional body representing Australian designers.

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