Residential Architecture
Interior Design
Landscape Design
Lighting Design
Furniture Design
Textile Design
Sustainable Design or Initiative
Emerging Designer

The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards is an awards program designed to 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 landscape designers, furniture designers, lighting designers, craft practitioners, textile designers 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 + Laminex 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
Handcrafted – $2,000
Sustainable Design or Initiative – $2,000
Emerging Designer – $2,000
Collaboration – $2,000


The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards is open to all Australian-based designers and creatives, for projects completed within Australia between January 1st 2019 and April 5th 2020 (each, a “Project”).

Exception : the Landscape Design and Sustainable Design or Initiative category will accept submissions for products / projects that have been developed in the past three years. Projects created anytime between January 1st 2017 and April 5th 2020 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 15th May 2020. (“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.

First Nations designers and makers are encouraged to apply for The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards – contact for assistance, if required.

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:

General Round

All applications will initially be judged by The Design Files team (with oversight from judges in some cases), who will choose 5-15 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 November 5th 2020 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.

Judges’ decision making will be final and binding in all matters relating to the awarding of Design Files Design Awards

Rachel Nolan

Rachel Nolan is a principal of Kennedy Nolan, established with Patrick Kennedy in Melbourne in 1999. Kennedy Nolan is an architecture practice which has established a strong reputation for making architecture with a distinct approach to built form and highly considered interiors, and has been recognised by numerous design awards.

Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay is widely regarded as the foremost garden designer in Australia today, having completed an extensive list of private and public commissions across the world. 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. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture) from the University of Melbourne.

Khai Liew

Khai Liew is a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Adelaide. The practice comprises a design studio and workshop, where highly-skilled craftspeople produce one-off design commissions, small-run furniture editions, and complete interiors. Khai himself is an expert in Australian historical decorative arts. His designs have been exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and Design Museum, as well as Triennale De Milano.

Chelsea Hing

Chelsea Hing is recognised as one of the go-to designers for residential interiors in Australia. Celebrated for her fearless eye for colour, her interiors result in soulful and expressive spaces, full of personality. Her work is published widely, and has been recognised in various awards programs.

John Wardle

John Wardle is a celebrated Australian architect with an international reputation. His process builds upon ideas that evolve from a site’s topography, landscape, history and context.

Elisa Carmichael

Elisa is a Ngugi woman from Quandamooka Country (Moreton Island/Moorgumpin and Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, Queensland). Her practice honours her cultural heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, utilising traditional techniques and expressing contemporary adaptations through the mediums of painting, weaving and textiles. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Queensland College of Art and a Masters of Fine Art from the Queensland University of Technology.

Nick Garnham

Nick Garnham is the owner and co-founder of Australian furniture label, Jardan. Established in 1987 alongside his brother, the company has grown from humble beginnings to over 130 staff today. Every Jardan piece is crafted to order in Melbourne, with care and precision, by hand.

Miriam Fanning

Miriam Fanning is the founder and principal of Melbourne-based, multi-disciplinary practice, Mim Design. With over 20 year experience as an interior designer, Miriam has built a strong reputation in the design industry. She has been involved in many types of design projects, ranging from residential through to hospitality, hotel, and large-scale retail.

Karen Alcock

Karen Alcock established MAArchitects in 2008 after 10 years working as a director of Neometro Architects. Karen is passionate about the importance of architecture in creating liveable spaces that people want to live, work and play in.

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Bruce Rowe

Bruce Rowe is an artist, architect and designer living and working in Melbourne, Australia. He is the creative director of Anchor Ceramics and Bruce Rowe Studio. Working across disciplines, he conducts visual research and experiments with the materiality of clay to develop and expand what is possible in the ceramics process.

William Dangar

William Dangar is one of Australia’s preeminent landscape designers. With a career spanning 25 years, he has designed and built some of the country’s most iconic residential landscapes. In addition to his Sydney-based design practice, Dangar Barin Smith, William is also creative director of Robert Plumb.

Sophie Gannon

Sophie Gannon is the founder and director of Sophie Gannon Gallery, founded in 2007. Since 2016, Sophie has been commissioning and showing original Australian design pieces, alongside Australian art, presenting an annual showcase of bespoke furniture and object design called ‘Designwork’. Sophie also sits on the board of the Robin Boyd Foundation.

Jeremy McLeod

Melbourne architect Jeremy McLeod is the founder and director of Breathe Architecture – a practice with a reputation for delivering high quality, sustainable design. Jeremy is also the founder of the Nightingale Housing model facilitating the delivery of architect-led housing that is financially, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Volker Haug

German-born lighting designer Volker Haug established his Australian design and manufacturing practice over a decade ago. Based on the principles of longevity and quality, each design is individually made to order and assembled by hand in the studio’s Melbourne workshop.

Jeremy Wortsman

Jeremy Wortsman is the founder and director of creative services agency, The Jacky Winter Group, its associated gallery space Lamington Drive, and 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.

Kate Stokes

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 furniture and lighting design brand, Coco Flip, in 2010.

Juliette Arent

Juliette Arent is a principal and co-founder of Sydney-based interior design studio Arent&Pyke. Since its inception 2007, Arent&Pyke has grown into an award-winning design practice with a distinctive style and approach to living in the home. Juliette holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from UNSW, and an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design.

Georgina Reid

Georgina Reid is the editor and creative director of The Planthunter online magazine, and she has a background in landscape design, horticulture, and journalism. Georgina also contributes to a range of design publications, including The Design Files where she is a columnist. Her first book, The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants, was published in 2018 by Thames & Hudson.

Karina Seljak

Karina Seljak is the co-founder and director of Seljak Brand – a label producing blankets made using offcuts from the factory floor of Australia’s oldest woollen mill in Tasmania. The label’s circular model diverts waste from landfill, as well as providing a collection service for used blankets. Seljak Brand won The Design Files + Laminex Design Award for Sustainable Design in 2019.

Megan Morton

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. Megan’s work has been featured on the covers of several glossies, including Elle Decoration UK, Vanity Fair, Vogue Living and Inside Out.

Cassie Byrnes

Cassie Byrnes is a surface pattern designer, and the owner/textile designer of Melbourne-made label, Variety Hour. Since graduating from RMIT University in 2014 with a BA in Textile Design, Cassie has collaborated with brands from Anthropologie to Google, Häagen-Dazs, Microsoft and Penguin. Most recently, Cassie collaborated with Nike one an exclusive clothing collection for the 2020 Australian Open.

Amanda Henderson

Amanda Henderson launched her event design and visual merchandising business, Gloss Creative, 19 years ago. What ensued has been a stellar career of incredible large-scale event design and visual merchandising concepts, including a spectacular recreation of Versailles inside a racing marquee, collaborating with artist Bill Henson, and even making it rain on a fashion runway.

Luciana Wallis

Luciana Wallis is a textile designer and product developer with over 13 years experience in the Australian textile design industry. She is design manager at Warwick Fabrics, working with printers, dyers, weavers and suppliers worldwide to create distinctive textile collections.

Simone LeAmon

Simone LeAmon has established a career as one of Australia’s foremost design professionals. Elevating the importance of design and creativity, and the work of the creative communities we live in, she has been working internationally for more than two decades as an artist, industrial designer, design curator, writer, industry consultant and university lecturer. Simone was appointed the inaugural Hugh Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2015.

Amanda Dziedzic

Amanda Dziedzic is a Melbourne-based glass blower, designer and maker, and the co-founder of Hot Haus – Melbourne’s newest glassblowing studio in Heidelberg West. Amanda is not only a judge of this year’s handcrafted category, she’s also the creator of Awards’ stunning glass trophies, which are back again by popular demand for 2020!