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Aitken Workshop Technician, Maryam Moghadam has taken out the prestigious, Australia’s Next Top Designer Award.

Her design, the ‘Cheeky’ stool was the unanimous winner among the judging panel, which included Kanebridge Quarterly magazine Editor in Chief, Robyn Willis, Workshopped Creative Director Olaf Sialkowski, Design Show event organiser, Andrew Vaughan and Creative Director at Flexmirror Australia, Matt Angus.

Designed as an occasional stool or side table, the Cheeky stool comes in a range of skin tones. The judges applauded its commercial applications, its flexibility to work in a range of environments, and its sense of play.

In accepting the $10,000 prize, designer Maryam Moghadam quipped she was pleased to see ‘other people find bums as funny as I do’.

Head of Design Technology, Mr Ian Watson is thrilled to see Maryam’s work recognised in such a prestigious way. “The expertise she brings our students shows them how design principles work in real-world applications.”

Also a finalist at last year’s awards, Moghadam will put the prize money towards bringing her product to market.