The Design Files Design Awards is the culmination of more than 10 years celebrating Australian design and creativity.
We’ve created this awards program to formally acknowledge the designers, architects and makers who contribute to Australia’s vibrant creative community.
This is an awards program which recognises the diverse creative fields which make up modern Australia, from small scale, handcrafted practices, to complex, collaborative projects. It’s the only awards program which celebrates the best in residential architecture and interior design, alongside innovative new work by Australia’s most talented furniture designers, craft practitioners, floral designers, textile designers, stylists + art directors and more.
From established to emerging creatives, home studios to globally recognised design firms, these awards bring together the very best in Australian design and creativity.
The TDF Design Awards program champions creativity, originality, sustainability, innovation and visionary thinking, across multiple disciplines.
One winner in each category will receive a certificate, a handblown glass trophy, and a cash prize. Up to two commendations in each category will receive a certificate.
All award winners and commended entries will receive acknowledgement within editorial on The Design Files, and within The Design Files Design Awards newspaper.
CASH PRIZES by Category
Residential Architecture – $5,000
Interior Design – $5,000
Landscape Design – $2,000
Lighting Design – $2,000
Furniture Design – $2,000
Textile Design – $2,000
Floral Design – $2,000
Styling + Art Direction – $2,000
Handcrafted – $2,000
Sustainable Design – $2,000
Emerging Designer – $2,000
Collaboration – $2,000
The Design Files Design Awards is open to all Australian-based designers and creatives, for projects completed within Australia between January 1st 2018 and April 14th 2019 (each, a “Project”).
Exception : the Landscape Design and Sustainable Design category will accept submissions for products / projects / structures that have been developed in the past three years. Projects created anytime between January 1st 2016 and April 14th 2019 are eligible in these categories.
Applicants may be individuals, small groups of collaborators, companies, or individuals working within companies, provided that all individuals listed on an application:
– are 18 years or over at the date of entry;
– possess the legal right to work in Australia; and
– meet specific eligibility criteria as detailed in any award category.
In order to be eligible, each Applicant must submit their Project via the online portal located here by 5.00pm AEST Friday 7th June 2019. (“Entry”). All information in each Entry must be completed with true and accurate information. The Design Files may reject any Entry on the grounds of incomplete or inaccurate information.
Where appropriate, Projects may be entered in more than one category. A separate Entry and entry fee is required for each category entered into.
The Design Files and their agents are not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected entries, for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, for lost or unavailable network connections, or for failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or any human error which may occur in the receipt or processing of the entries.
For more info on eligibility and judging criteria, please refer to additional text on the Application Page relevant to your category.
Applications will be judged in two phases:
All applications will initially be judged by The Design Files team, who will choose 5-10 Entries in each category to form a ‘shortlist’.
A panel of 2-3 industry experts will judge applications from the General Round shortlist to determine a winner for each category.
All shortlisted Entries will be published on The Design Files, with winners announced at The Design Files Design Awards ceremony, Thursday September 19th 2019 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne. All shortlisted Entries will receive complimentary entry to The Design Files Design Awards Ceremony.
Judges’ decision making will be final and binding in all matters relating to the awarding of Design Files Design Awards
Clare Cousins established her Melbourne practice, Clare Cousins Architects, in 2005. Engaged in projects large and small, the studio has a particular interest in housing and projects that nurture community. Clare is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and the current National President.
David Flack is the founder and director of Flack Studio, a studio he founded in 2014 armed with experience and skill acquired through working at some of Melbourne’s most esteemed design practices. Flack Studio has gone on to win accolades for its bold design approach, with a nod to restrained, classic stateliness, offset by unexpected, light-hearted elements.
Originally from New Zealand, Glen Proebstel is an internationally recognised stylist working across product and interiors. Based in Melbourne for many years, Glen relocated to New York in 2011. He continues to work between the US and Australia, for clients including The New York Times, Sheridan, Tony Burch, Jackalope Hotel, Sonos, Woolmark, Vogue Living, ELLE Decoration UK, West Elm, CB2, H&M Home and Zara Home.
With a career spanning over 30 years, Richard Munao is one of Australia’s thought leaders in the furniture and design industry. Richard began his career as a cabinet-maker, and founded Cult in 1997. Over 20 years, Cult has expanded tenfold to now include showrooms in Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. Richard is actively involved in mentoring emerging Australian design talent, and in recent years has diversified into the manufacture and retail of Australian design through NAU; his very own brand of furniture by a collective of Australian designers.
Maree Clark is a Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba woman whose creative practice brings together traditional skills and new technologies. Over the last 30 years, she has been central to bringing south-east Aboriginal arts to prominence within the national arts sector, and she is credited as one of a handful of cultural practitioners pivotal in the reclamation and maintenance of local Koorie cultural practices.
Raised across four continents, Yasmine Ghoniem’s interiors are inspired by her vast childhood memories abroad, from Kuwait to Sydney, Savannah to Saudi Arabia. After graduating in the USA, Yasmine Ghoniem lived and worked in the United States and the Middle East before returning to Australia in 2013 to form Amber Road with Katy Svalbe. Today, Amber Road is known for its nuanced, sophisticated approach, and has been shortlisted for, or won, 35 design awards over the past six years.
Ken Done is one of Australia’s most famous artists, and his paintings are held in collections throughout the world. Ken has held over 50 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan and the USA. Major projects include the total decorative scheme for the Garden Restaurant at the Powerhouse Museum, in Sydney, and a series of works for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies programs of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Ken has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1988, and received the Order of Australia (A.M.), for services to Art, Design and Tourism in 1992.
Jeremy McLeod is the founding director of Breathe Architecture, and is the visionary founder of Nightingale Housing, a not-for-profit organisation focussed on delivering sustainable, design-led, community-centred housing. Breathe Architecture’s Nightingale 1 took out the built environment category at the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards in 2017, and won the Sustainability, Multi Residential and prestigious Melbourne award at the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards.
Albert Mo is a Director of Architects EAT based in Melbourne. EAT has developed both a reputation in residential and hospitality & retail projects, and recently has expanded into larger scale precinct planning and placemaking. He was a Chapter Councillor on the Victorian Chapter of the Institute of Architects, and maintains guest critic positions in various architecture school across Australia.
Amanda Henderson launched her business, Gloss Creative, 17 years ago. What ensued has been a stellar career of incredible large-scale event design and visual merchandising concepts – including a spectacular re-creation of Versailles inside a racing marquee, collaborating with artist Bill Henson, and even making it rain on a fashion runway. With a small team of fulltime staff, and a huge network of regular contractors and collaborators, Amanda revels in realizing the impossible.
Lisa Gorman is a self-taught fashion designer whose first foray into the industry was a collection of eight unisex garments, sold through FAT stores in 1999. Today, nearly 20 years on, Gorman now has 40 stores across Australia. The Gorman brand has become synonymous with daring prints and bold colour, and its distinctive artist collaborations.
A firm believer that every environment is defined by the objects within it, Adam Goodrum designs with the philosophy that an object must therefore justify its existence – through its story and detailing. His designs celebrate process and craftsmanship, and have been awarded accolades including the NGV Rigg Prize, Vogue x Alessi Design Prize, Indesign Luminary Award and the Idea Awards Editor’s Medal. Adam has been commissioned to design pieces for several global luxury brands including Veuve Clicquot, Alessi and Cappellini.
Kate Stokes is a Melbourne-based furniture and lighting designer who works closely with local craftspeople and manufacturers to create playful products with depth of character. Born and raised in Western Australia, Kate studied Industrial Design at Curtin University of Technology. After moving to Melbourne, she established her own brand ‘Coco Flip’ in 2010. Her design process begins with a mood or tone. Whether it’s a place, character or feeling, she aims to imbue objects with personality.
Graham Burrows is a celebrated architect with over 20 years’ experience in professional practice. He is one of the founding partners and directors of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, formed in 1998. Graham has overseen the design and delivery of numerous projects in the residential, commercial, educational, hospitality and community sectors, including a number of award-winning commissions. Graham has been a jury member for the RAIA awards program three times, in the Commercial and Residential categories, as well as on the Dulux Colour Awards jury. He maintains an ongoing relationship with The University of Melbourne as a tutor and guest critic in Architectural Design.
Abigail Forsyth is a leader in the global campaign to promote sustainability. As the co-founder and managing director of KeepCup, Abigail is passionate about improving the take-up of sustainable alternatives to disposable and single use items. Since June 2009 over eight million KeepCups have been sold and users have diverted billions of disposable cups from landfill. In this time approximately 5 trillion disposable cups have been made and discarded to landfill.
Joost Bakker is many things: a flower grower and a florist, an artist and a designer, a passionate foodie and restaurateur. Underpinning all of this he’s a staunch champion of no-waste living. Joost has created restaurants in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth, each with a no-waste philosophy. He has also conceptualised and consulted on large scale built projects, imagining urban farms connected to suburban shopping centres, and rooftop gardens on Collins Street, working with major stakeholders like City of Melbourne and Sydney Harbour Foreshore.
Jeremy Wortsman is the founder and director of The Jacky Winter Group, Australia’s leading creative services agency, its associated gallery space, Lamington Drive, and most recently, the luxury guesthouse and artist residency, Jacky Winter Gardens. He is also the host of the Melbourne chapter of Creative Mornings, and a founding member of The Contemplary. In a previous life, he was the co-founder of the design practice, Chase & Galley, as well as one of the founding publishers and designers of Is Not Magazine.
Louise Olsen is an artist who co-founded Dinosaur Designs, one of Australia’s leading art and design brands, where she has been Creative Director for over 30 years. Her work is sold globally through her stores in Australia, New York and London and is stocked in stores including Bergdorff Goodman, Lane Crawford and Net-A-Porter. Louise also runs her eponymous label of precious metal jewellery and sculptures. Some of Olsen’s pieces feature in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, NGV Melbourne and Newcastle Art Gallery.
Bonnie Ashley launched her business, with her now-husband, Neil Downie in 2010. Now one of Australia’s most popular independent textile design studios, Bonnie and Neil are known for their vibrant screen printed homewares. Incorporating botanical motifs, bright patterns and a nod to Australiana, their design approach combines traditional printing methods and unique applications they’ve developed over many years. Every product is produced by hand in their studio in Melbourne, and it is this handmade process which makes each piece unique. Bonnie and Neil are stocked at some of the world’s most prestigious stores, including Anthropologie in the US, Liberty of London, and Le Bon Marche in Paris.
Widely regarded as the foremost garden designer in Australia today, Paul Bangay’s extensive list of projects span private and public commissions in Australia and New Zealand, as well as further afield in Europe, North America and the West Indies. Bangay holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture) from the University of Melbourne. In 2001, Paul was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to public design projects and In 2018, he received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to landscape architecture.
Lucy studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne. In a former life, she worked as a set dresser in the film industry, and as a stylist. In 2008, she launched The Design Files, which over the past 11 years has evolved into a hugely influential platform, playing a significant role in uncovering and championing Australian art, craft, design and architecture to both a local and global audience. Outside of TDF, Lucy has contributed to titles including Inside Out, The Age and The Saturday Paper, and is currently a weekly columnist for Domain magazine (The Age / Sydney Morning Herald).
Christopher Boots is driven by a love of nature and light, with a commitment to excellence. He is a dedicated craftsman, seeking to elevate and transform materials in ways that highlight their natural beauty. After studying literature and linguistics, Boots graduated from Industrial Design at the National School of Design, establishing his eponymous studio in early 2011. Boots’ work has been displayed at Hermes, Rossana Orlandi, The National Gallery of Victoria, Parliament House and Cassina.
Georgina Reid is a respected Australian garden and design writer. With a background in landscape design, horticulture, and journalism, she’s the editor and creative director of The Planthunter online magazine. Revered for its insightful, engaging and inspiring content, The Planthunter has grown a broad international audience since launching in 2013. Georgina also contributes to a range of design publications and speaks regularly on the benefits, beauty, and importance of connecting with plants and nature. Her first book, The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants, was published in 2018 by Thames & Hudson.
Henry Wilson is a celebrated furniture and product designer whose work combines a rational, democratic utility with an element of sculptural expression. There is a clear form and function apparent in Henry’s output, but it’s important they also have feeling. Henry is interested in the awkward beauty that comes from something made by hand, and is interested in exploring how imperfection can be introduced into an industrial process, to make something at scale that retains a sense of individual charm.
Megan Morton is a celebrated stylist and award-winning author. She has been called on to style, design and work her `house whispering’ magic for celebrities, magazines and her next-door neighbours. Her work has been featured on the covers of glossies, including Elle Decoration UK, Vanity Fair, Vogue Living and Inside Out.
Grazia Materia is the founder of Grazia and Co, a Melbourne based furniture design and manufacturing company. Her success story is the result of a true passion for design, and a dedication to the values of authenticity and local production. Originally trained as an interior designer, Grazia spent a decade working for Gordon Mather Industries before branching out on her own. Grazia and Co collaborates with some of Melbourne’s most renowned designers, and has the honour of representing the iconic mid-century Featherston collection, by Grant and Mary Featherston.
Cherrie Miriklis-Pavlou is the Founder and Managing Director of Flowers Vasette. Her iconic business has received innumerable awards and accolades during its thirty year history, and Cherrie has been at the forefront of innovation in her industry. Her unique perspectives and business insights, combined with her dedication to honouring her clientele, has made her a leader of distinction and a powerful voice within the community. Flowers Vasette has long been the benchmark for excellence within its industry and Cherrie has been a champion of change, and a “go-to” for Melbourne’s most iconic events.
Adriana Hanna is a Senior Project Architect and Head of Interiors at Kennedy Nolan, where she has worked for over ten years. In recognition of this, Adriana was appointed as an Associate of the practice in 2018. Adriana has a particular interest in design that spans the creative disciplines, and ensures each project is delivered with architecture, interiors, furniture and associated design items treated consistently and seamlessly.
Rick Eckersley, creative director of Eckersley Garden Architecture, has been designing gardens for more than 30 years and is lauded as one of the garden design industry’s trail blazers. From rural beginnings, Rick graduated from Burnley School of Horticulture in the mid-seventies and went on to form Eco Landscape Design with his brothers Ross and Sandy, a company known today as Eckersley Garden Architecture. Throughout his career, Rick has designed and overseen the creation of thousands of gardens. He spent many years as the voice of 3AW’s Smart Gardening, and has published two books on landscape design. Most recently, he has developed ‘Musk Cottage’, a garden of ten acres which was built under sustainable and experimental principals.
Former editor-at-large of Belle Magazine, Anne-Maree Sargeant curates content and produces events for public and industry exhibitions and speaker series; and has attended global design fairs since 1987 as journalist, buyer, keynote speaker, design advocate and curator. As director of the Authentic Design Alliance, an association committed to outlawing counterfeit / knock-off designer furniture in Australia, Anne-Maree promotes original design products and design history and the value of investing in the future of our thriving creative industries.
Chloë Powell is a curator and creative producer specialising in contemporary craft and design. She has worked in the arts since 2008 in Australia and internationally, including at RMIT Design Hub and Museum Arnhem, the Netherlands. Chloë is Co-founder/Director of Radiant Pavilion: Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial, and Curator at Craft Victoria. She is a member of the Yarra Arts Advisory Committee (YAARTS) and the Visual Arts Advisory Panel with the City of Yarra.