At Inhabitat we love to keep an eye out for designers around the globe who are scooping up awards for their innovative approach to sustainable design. So it is with great pleasure we share with you new Australian designer, Matty Smith, who last month won the 2010 Tasmanian Design Centre Award for Sustainability and Emerging Designer.  The winning piece was his quirky modernist take on a cabinet named Shortdivison – not a bad achievement for someone in just their first year of study. Shortdivision is sustainably made from FSC plywood, salvaged Tasmanian Blackwood, and finished with low VOC paints and solvent free glues. But the sustainable focus is not just limited to the materials used in the piece. Matty Smith designs for the future, and says he tries “to design furniture in such a way that they can be repaired” as “little things like that make a big difference; designing for repair.”

+ Matty Smith

via State of Green