Stephen Ziguras, owner and designer of Eco wood design

As part of our partnership of the 2016 Good Designs Awards, we’re taking a look at how intellectual property relates to your creative businesses and why it’s important to consider protecting your designs.  

Inspired by Denmark and made in Australia, bowls by Eco Wood Designs are one of a kind, and that’s how they’ll stay thanks to savvy use of intellectual property (IP).

Stephen Ziguras is the genius mastermind behind Eco Wood Designs and its range of elegant handcrafted bowls, which incorporate geometric shapes and beautiful colours in their design. He also had the foresight to protect his creation with a design right, which means the sculptured bowls are exclusively his.

Inspiration strikes us all in different ways, and Stephen’s ‘ah-ha’ moment came when he was making wooden furniture while living in Copenhagen. There was a significant amount of off-cuts, and as he pondered what to do with them, he drew inspiration from the old city walls and interlocking patterns of tiles that surrounded his workshop. After many hours of experimenting, his idea gradually took shape.

A common mistake that many budding designers make often occurs during the excitement and buzz of a new creation. After all the blood, sweat and tears you put into your design, it’s natural to want to share it with your family… and your friends… and your colleagues… and the postman… and everyone, because let’s be honest, it’s an awesome creation!

You may be amazed to find out that by publishing your design, you actually void your opportunity to apply for a design right. In the days of digital communication, social media counts as publishing, so by Instagraming your design, you’ve just ended any chance you have of protecting your design through intellectual property rights.

It can be hard to keep your design to yourself, but that is exactly what Stephen did until he had his intellectual property rights in place, which meant that when The Design Files came knocking, he could take up the promotion opportunity and be confident he had protected his investment.

If you’re a designer, you may want to look into your intellectual property rights, and how you can use them to protect your ideas.

By Nikki, IP Australia

Discover more

If you’re a budding designer, and you would like to know more about protecting your creation, start by visiting the designs section of our website.

Curious to find out more about Eco Wood Designs? Watch our interview with owner and creator Stephen Ziguras, or visit Eco Wood’s website.

Good Design Festival 2016

This year, we’re partnering with Good Designs Australia for the 2016 Good Design Festival. Taking place at the iconic Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay Sydney, in the heart of VIVID Sydney – now the world’s biggest festival of light, music and ideas.

We’ll be presenting a keynote address at the Good Designs Exchange, as well as being on the panel for the forum discussion: ‘Who stole my Design – IP and Design Rights Forum’.

Be sure to keep Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 2016 in your diary free to attend this exciting event.

4 May 2016