Furniture Design
CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

Australia has a long history of furniture design and craftsmanship, characterised by ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit and an emphasis on local production.

This category seeks to award one distinctive Australian furniture design project completed between January 1st 2019 and April 5th 2020. Individual products and/or product ranges developed within Australia, bespoke pieces, fixed and freestanding furniture designs will be considered in this category.

JUDGING CRITERIA + PRIZES

One winner in the Furniture Design category will be awarded a $2000 cash prize. Up to two commendations will also be awarded.

Applications will be shortlisted by The Design Files team. Shortlisted entries will be assessed by two 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 this space 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.

The Furniture Design award is presented by Jardan
WINNER
Adam Goodrum + Arthur Seigneur, Exquisite Corpse 'Longbow' Credenza

Using the 17th century art of straw marquetry, this longbow by industrial designer Adam Goodrum and artisan Arthur Seigneur (known collectively as design duo A+A) is decorated with more than 10,000 ribbons of coloured straw. The kaleidoscopic design is inspired by the natural geometry of the lotus blossom.

COMMENDATION
Danielle Brustman, Chromatic Fantastic Cabinet

Inspired by the flow of musical notes in composition, this modular system of colourful, rhomboid cabinets can be detached and reconnected in various arrangements and numbers.

Furniture Design
Manapan x Foolscap Studio, Gulnura Table

Crafted from local gum, this boardroom table is inspired by the Gulnura (the Yolngu word for ‘lightning snake’) local to Milingimbi Island. Manapan Furniture is situated on this island in East Arnhem Land.

Furniture Design
JUDGES
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.

FURNITURE DESIGN
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.

FURNITURE DESIGN
FINALISTS
Studio Thomas Lentini, Central Park Road Table

Rooted in architectural principles, the striking profile of this American White Oak dining table is owed to its legs, which look different from every angle. 

Furniture Design
Cenzo, Loop Chair

A salute to the classic wishbone chair, the minimal contours envelope the sitter in its free-flowing form and elegant contours.

Furniture Design
Oku Space, Breezeway Cabinet

A freestanding shelving system employs vertical timber slats to act as a screen, allowing stored objects to remain on partial display.

Furniture Design
Manapan x Foolscap Studio, Gulnura Table

Crafted from local gum, this boardroom table is inspired by the Gulnura (the Yolngu word for ‘lightning snake’) local to Milingimbi Island. Manapan Furniture is situated on this island in East Arnhem Land.

Furniture Design
Fomu, L’Art de Vivre Lounge Chair

Born from the desire to create a personality-filled piece that doesn’t overwhelm its environs, this chubby boucle wool lounge chair is inspired by mid-century French designs.

Furniture Design
Ferguson George, Flyde Lounge Chair

Veneered American black walnut is steam bent into a simple, low-lying frame. The floating backrest sits detached from the seat to create an expansive sense of flow. 

Furniture Design
Danielle Brustman, Chromatic Fantastic Cabinet

Inspired by the flow of musical notes in composition, this modular system of colourful, rhomboid cabinets can be detached and reconnected in various arrangements and numbers.

Furniture Design
Manuel Canestrini / Colin Whitehead, Symbiont Coffee Table

A multi-level structure brings together timber tabletops with curved dowel legs. Two, three or more tables can connect to a central node, making it suitable for various domestic or commercial settings.

Furniture Design
Adam Goodrum + Arthur Seigneur, Exquisite Corpse 'Longbow' Credenza

Using the 17th century art of straw marquetry, this longbow is decorated with more than 10,000 ribbons of coloured straw. The kaleidoscopic design is inspired by the natural geometry of the lotus blossom.

Furniture Design
Hugh McCarthy and Foolscap Studio, JX8 Dining Table

This six-metre walnut dining table plays with geometry to strike a balance between style and sophistication in a corporate space.

Furniture Design
Foolscap Studio, Souffle Lounge

Informed by the plasticity and innovation of the 1960s, the flexible lounge setting can be easily arranged in multiple configurations. 

Furniture Design
AKWT, Itto Table

Lightweight, refined and adaptable, the delicate timber frame of this dining table perfectly balances weightlessness with sleek stability.

Furniture Design
James Howe, J7 Day Bed

Using a carefully developed weave technique which sees cord wound around a steel frame, the timber daybed is an ode to Danish designer Børge Mogensen. 

Furniture Design
Biasol Studio, Comoda Sofa

A sculptural sofa collection that celebrates its soft, curved form. The modular set relaxes into its chunky and generous proportions with confidence in its Danish-inspired design.

Furniture Design