Category Description

At The Design Files, we see all creative disciplines as connected. After all, it’s not uncommon to see Architects commission locally made sculpture, lighting and bespoke finishes, or interior designers working with furniture makers, artists and stylists to realise a shared vision. Collaboration has become a defining feature of the Australian creative and design industries.

This category seeks to award one collaborative design project, where two or more separate creative practitioners, businesses or entities have come together to create one collaborative product, product range, installation, built structure or other creative project.


One winning project in the Collaboration category will be awarded a $2000 cash prize. Up to two commendations will also be awarded. Where two or more Applicants enter jointly but do not hold an ABN as a partnership, one nominated individual will receive payment on behalf of the Applicants (and the prize will have been deemed to have been received by the relevant Applicant. The Design Files will not split payment of prize monies.)

Applications have been shortlisted by The Design Files team. Shortlisted entries will be assessed by three expert judges, on the following criteria :

Fulfilment of the client brief / project objective

Originality – something we haven’t seen before, something invented from scratch.

Visual Appeal – beauty, boldness, aesthetic appeal.

Craftsmanship – how well does this project demonstrate mastery of a craft?

Function – how well does the object deliver the desired functional outcomes?

Sustainability – how well does this project contribute to positive environmental outcomes, with specific consideration of local environmental impact, management and reduction of waste, water and energy consumption?

Visionary thinking – does this project push boundaries, does it achieve something bigger than the intended commercial outcomes?

Bonus points will be awarded to projects with pro bono or community focussed outcomes, and/or projects limited by an unusually tiny budget.

Tom Fereday & Earp Bros, OMNI Breeze Block

The iconic ‘breeze block’ is reinvented to offer a new approach to building and interior design, proportioned to allow for a variety of forms to be created. 

Thomas Coward & Artedomus, New Volumes

Made from specially supplied stone from Artedomus, Thomas worked with seven designers to create unique and beautiful products that conjure a sense of a modern artifact. 

TSAR Carpets, Byzantine Design and Luke Furniture for X-Materiality

Based on a mutual fascination of deep sea coral and creatures, this collaboration created two interior installations that convey a calming nostalgia and display their expertise with materials. 

Cindy-Lee Davies & Dustin Fritsche, NWAY

This bed is designed to accommodate a growing family, in a way that is both functional and beautiful. The tactile modern design considered how furniture interacts with family routine. 

Friends & Associates, Welcome To Wasteland

Industrial design meets waste management in this experimental exhibition that involved over 50 collaborators and 31 project outcomes, exploring the role of design in combating some of the greatest moral issues of our time. 

Paige Anderson, Hayley Sparks and Emma Leonard, The Dreamers

A whimsical project that combines photography, styling and illustration to create a storybook style shoot, aimed to encourage children not to be afraid of their dreams and nightmares. 

Tyrone Wright & Carly Spooner, RONE Empire

An installation project occupying multiple rooms of a historical 1920s Art Deco property that aims to transport audiences back to its glamorous heyday, juxtaposing beauty and decay.

Styling + Art Direction
MUIR + OPENWORK, Doubleground

The combined skills of landscape, interior and design practices aligned in this NGV Architecture Commission, where the two firms sought to re-emphasie the value of public space through their intervention into the garden. 

Cantilever Interiors & DesignOffice, Tableau

Practical and effective kitchen systems, designed with precision and elegance. The collaboration between designer and maker follows user-centered design principles that allow for personalised customisation. 

Kosloff Architecture + Callum Morton + Monash Art Projects + Rush Wright Associates, 18 Innovation Revitalisation Project

A reskinning of an existing university building, this project sees a strategic alignment between art and architecture to create an innovative new project, and incredible new entrance for students and staff.  

Amanda Henderson

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.

Ken Done

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 Wortsman

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.