Australian Furniture Design Award 2020

Shortlist Announced

The National Gallery Victoria (NGV) and Stylecraft are proud to announce the shortlisted designers for the Australian Furniture Design Award 2020.

The biennial award fosters Australian designers and makers through professional mentoring, commercial production opportunities and a $20,000 prize.

From the many entries received from across Australia, a shortlist of five entrants are now invited to proceed to Stage Two and present their realised designs for exhibition and judging at the Stylecraft showroom during Melbourne Design Week 2020.

The shortlisted designers are Design King Company with Dr Christian Tietz, Marta Figueiredo, Supercyclers with Seljak Brand, Michael Gittings, and James Walsh.

The Australian Furniture Design Award (AFDA) is one of Australia’s most significant furniture design awards, recognising excellence in Australian furniture design and its contribution to design discourse and Australian culture.
In response to the Melbourne Design Week theme ‘How can design shape life?’ the 2020 Australian Furniture Design Award asks designers and makers to consider the broader implications and opportunities of furniture design.

The Australian Furniture Design Award began in 2015 as Australia’s richest furniture design prize. Sydney-based designer Seaton McKeon won the inaugural award in 2015 with The Sun The Moon and Me, a freestanding light and mirror. In 2017 Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich received the award for her sculptural vanity, Place.

Now in its third iteration, the NGV and Stylecraft present the Australian Furniture Design Award as a two-stage competition with the first stage being an open call for a new and original furniture design concept and information on your professional practice.

The jury will review stage one submissions and shortlist up to five competitors to present their realised designs for exhibition and stage two judging at the Stylecraft showroom during Melbourne Design Week 2020.

All shortlisted competitors will receive an honorarium of $1,000 (ex GST) to assist with the realisation of their design for exhibition.

Please note: Both the design concept submitted in stage one and the realised design submitted in stage two must not have been published, exhibited or commercially produced prior to the time of the AFDA exhibition, 12 March 2020.

Tony Russell, Brand Director, Stylecraft
Simone LeAmon (chair), The Hugh Williamson Curator, Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV
Brian Parkes, CEO, JamFactory
Helen Kontouris, Designer and Creative Director, LEN
Tom Owens, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler

The winning designer will receive:

Cash prize: AUD$20,000 (ex GST) cash prize with associated press activity;

Stylecraft invitation: an invitation to develop a design (either the submission or new work) through to commercial production for distribution through Stylecraft nationally and in Singapore; and,

JamFactory residency: an invitation to do a two-week residency program at JamFactory in Adelaide: travel costs and accommodation will be provided as part of the Award. The winner will have the opportunity to develop a tailored program, during which they will have access to facilities and technical assistants to experiment with new ideas and materials, prototype new work or explore new making processes in JamFactory’s ceramics, glass, furniture or metal and jewellery studios or related local manufacturers.

Partners and Supporters

NGV Stylecraft Creative Victoria

The NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture is generously supported by The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation.

Melbourne Design Week and the Victorian Design Program are initiatives of the Victorian Government

The Australian Furniture Design Award competition process is developed and delivered by CityLab.

Image: Tall place (detail) from the Other places series, 2018 by Elliat Rich, 2017 Australian Furniture Design Award Winner. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne