Furniture Design

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.


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
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.

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.