Lighting Design

Lighting Design is one of the few design disciplines to emerge from Australia in recent years with a truly global market base. With an emphasis on craftsmanship and bespoke solutions, Australian lighting designers are globally recognised.

This category seeks to award one distinctive Australian lighting design project completed between January 1st 2019 and April 5th 2020. Individual products or product ranges developed within Australia, bespoke designs and one-off lighting projects or installations will be considered in this category.


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

Applications have been 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.

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.

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.