Seaton McKeon studied Industrial Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He has worked across product design, experience design, way finding, transportation, and urban design and is currently In-house Industrial Designer at Bluesky Design Group.
McKeon was chosen from the six finalists who were shortlisted from more than 150 entrants. The finalists were flown to Adelaide to present their prototypes to the judging panel consisting of Jon Goulder, Creative Director Furniture Design Studio, JamFactory; Tony Russell, Brand Director, Stylecraft; Nick Mitzevich, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia; Fenella Kernebone, Presenter and Journalist; Rosina Maria, Principal, Woods Bagot. Through the intensive process the judges were specifically looking for originality, innovation and evidence of the designer’s professional capability.
The Sun The Moon and Me, is a free-standing light and mirror that portrays a map of stars in the night sky. The moon is represented by a mirror reflecting the viewer’s image within the scene. As someone who grew up in the country, McKeon makes the observation that there aren’t enough stars in the city at night. The judges were impressed by McKeon’s conceptual approach and innovative use of LED technology. The piece offers time to reflect on the human condition and one’s place in relation to the stars in the universe. “It is mindful design,” Kernebone said.
As the inaugural winner of this important biennial award, McKeon receives $20,000 in cash and the opportunity to work with JamFactory’s Furniture Studio over the next 12 months to develop a new piece through to commercial production, and ultimate distribution through Stylecraft showrooms across Australia and Singapore.
The other finalists were Gavin Harris, NSW; Charles Wilson, NSW; Penelope Forlano, WA; Samuel Wright, WA; and Elliat Rich, NT.
The Australian Furniture Design Award was founded in 2015 by Stylecraft. Seaton McKeon's range with Stylecraft as a result of winning AFDA is Paperclip, view here. In 2017 Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich received the award for her sculptural vanity, Place. Elliat’s resulting collection of furniture and lighting, ‘Different Thoughts’, launched exclusively at Stylecraft in July 2020. AFDA 2020 was won by James Walsh for his entry, Anthropic Bench.
The Australian Furniture Design Award 2022 is presented by NGV and Stylecraft as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.