2021 JUDGES
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.

HANDCRAFTED
Pascale Gomes McNabb

Pascale Gomes McNabb is a celebrated Melbourne-based interior design. She is known for her detail-driven hospitality spaces such as Cumulus Inc. and Stokehouse, as well as her highly-considered residential projects.

INTERIOR DESIGN
Jirra Lulla

Jirra Lulla Harvey is a Koorie woman who works with First Nations creatives to build impactful businesses. She is the founder of Kalinya Retreats, a place for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and friends to talk business under the stars.

COLLABORATION
Tyrone 'Rone' Wright

Tyrone Wright, aka Rone, is one of Australia’s most accomplished modern painters. Originally part of Melbourne’s early 2000s fledgling street art movement, the artist is now a fixture on the international street art scene, renowned for his large-scale wall paintings and immersive installations exploring beauty and decay.

COLLABORATION
Danielle Brustman

Danielle Brustman is a highly experienced and awarded interior designer. In recent years, the designer launched an installation for the NGV Triennial 2020, received a commendation for her ‘Chromatic Fantastic’ cabinet at the 2020 TDF + Laminex Design Awards, and established her studio Collingwood Yards as the recipient of the Bank of Melbourne Studio Residency.

EMERGING DESIGNER
Christopher Boots

Trained in industrial design, Christopher Boots’ focus is on interpreting lighting as sculptural objects. His self-titled studio was founded on material and metaphysical exploration of quartz crystal, birthing a signature aesthetic.

LIGHTING DESIGN
Adriana Hanna

Adriana Hanna is the head of interiors and an associate at Kennedy Nolan. The architect’s approach is characterised by a meticulous attention to elegant detail, and a focus on delivering high-quality built outcomes.

EMERGING DESIGNER
Aaron Peters

Aaron Peters is a director of Vokes and Peters, a Brisbane-based architectural practice. Their Subiaco House was awarded the inaugural Residential Architecture prize in the 2019 The Design Files Awards.

ARCHITECTURE
Amanda Henderson

Amanda Henderson launched her event design and visual merchandising business, Gloss Creative, 20 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.

COLLABORATION
Mardi Doherty

Mardi Doherty is the director of Doherty Design Studio (DDS) and has more than 20 years’ experience in residential and commercial interior design projects. Her passion for interior design has led DDS to work on a portfolio of multi-disciplinary projects across Melbourne and encourage the studio to design with a highly collaborative and bespoke approach.

INTERIOR DESIGN
Nicolette Johnson

Nicolette Johnson produces contemporary and unique ceramic vessels handmade in Brisbane. She was the inaugural winner of The Design Files Design Awards Handcrafted prize for her work, Dark Tower, 2019.

HANDCRAFTED
Sue Carr

Sue Carr, founding principal of Carr, has championed and cemented the power of design in Australia for 50 years. Sue’s design philosophy permeates every project and has evolved through a deep understanding of the value that design can impart on the human experience.

INTERIOR DESIGN
Nik Robinson from Good Citizens

Good Citizens was born in 2018 over a family dinner between Nik Robinson and his young sons. The family were upset about the amount of plastic waste in the world, so they created Good Citizens, which turns 600ml plastic bottles into locally-manufactured sunglasses made from 100% recycled materials.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Celina Clarke

Celina co-founded ISM Objects in 1990. For over 30 years, ISM Objects has designed lighting and furniture products with a focus on technology, experimentation and a commitment to Australian manufacturing. Celina’s work is also held in major collections including MOMA New York, the Powerhouse Museum NSW & the National Gallery of Victoria.

LIGHTING DESIGN
Khai Liew

Khai Liew’s multidisciplinary design practice is 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
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.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Amanda Oliver

Amanda Oliver is the founding director of Amanda Oliver Gardens – a Melbourne-based landscape design and garden company with a reputation for creating plant-focused gardens and spaces. The practice is renowned for its collaborative design expertise, alongside extensive plant and horticultural knowledge.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
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 the Handcrafted category, she’s also the creator of the awards’ stunning glass trophies, which are back again by popular demand for 2021!

HANDCRAFTED
Myles Baldwin

Myles Baldwin is a horticulturist, writer, and one of Australia’s leading landscape designers. Trained at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Myles developed an interest for a broad diversity of plant material and a passion for period garden design. He founded his self-titled practice in 2000.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Sophie Matson

Designer Sophie Matson founded textile label Købn in 2017 with a view of bringing the consideration of interior styling to the outdoors. The label’s towels are designed in Melbourne and sustainably crafted by a family-owned mill in Denizli, Turkey.

TEXTILE DESIGN
Ross Harding from Finding Infinity

Ross Harding is a creative environmental consultant with an academic background in engineering and finance. His practice Finding Infinity, provides self-sufficiency advice, with projects ranging from houses to city-wide masterplans.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Nick Rennie

Nick founded Nick Rennie Studio in 2001 after completing his studies in industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. With a penchant for simple elegant design, the studio endeavors to create products with a visual balance and harmony between the idiom and materials used.

FURNITURE DESIGN
Luciana Wallis

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

TEXTILE DESIGN