AFDA 2022

AFDA 2022

The Australian Furniture Design Award is presented by Stylecraft and the NGV

The Australian Furniture Design Award 2022 is presented by the National Gallery of Victoria and Stylecraft, as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022.

INVITATION -

The National Gallery of Victoria and Stylecraft invite Australian designers, architects and makers to enter the Australian Furniture Design Award 2022, with a new and original furniture or lighting design.

The winning designer will receive a $20,000 cash prize, an invitation to develop a commercial range or product with Stylecraft and a two-week residency at JamFactory, Adelaide.

REGISTER -

All Competitors must register to enter. Registration period closes on the 15th October 2021.

 

Register for AFDA

 

ABOUT AFDA -

The Australian Furniture Design Award was first launched in 2015 by Stylecraft in partnership with the JamFactory as a way to recognise and nurture Australian design talent. Sydney-based designer Seaton McKeon won the inaugural award in 2015 with The Sun The Moon and Me, a freestanding light and mirror. In 2017 Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich received the award for her sculptural vanity, Place. In 2020 Sydney-based industrial designer James Walsh won, impressing the jury with Anthropic bench, which combined rammed earth with recycled glass filings to produce a sustainable and hard-wearing composite.

Now in its fourth iteration, the NGV and Stylecraft present the Australian Furniture Design Award as a two-stage competition with the first stage being an open call for a new and original furniture or lighting design concept and information on your professional practice.

The jury will review stage one submissions and shortlist up to five competitors to present their realised designs for exhibition and stage two judging at the Stylecraft showroom during Melbourne Design Week 2022.

All shortlisted competitors will receive an honorarium of $2,000 (ex GST) to assist with the realisation of their design for exhibition.

WHO CAN ENTER -

The Australian Furniture Design Award is open to all Australian designers and makers with a current ABN. It is free to participate and easy to submit your design.

For more information on how to submit your design and what is involved, please register.

TIMELINE -

STAGE ONE
Registration Period 27 August 2021 – 15 October 2021
Stage One Launch 6 September 2021
Question Period 6 September 2021 – 15 October 2021
Stage One Close 22 October 2021 (5pm AEST)
Competitors Informed 1 November 2021

STAGE TWO
Stage Two Launch 8 November 2021
Question Period 14 November 2021 – 7 February 2022
Stage Two Close 14 February 2022 (5pm AEST)
Freight Collection 14 February (ready for collection from 5pm AEST)
Stage Two Presentations (Competitor attendance required virtually) 10 March 2022
Exhibition Event and Winner Announcement 16 March 2022
Exhibition Launch 17 March 2022

JURY -

Tony Russell, Brand Director, Stylecraft
Simone LeAmon, The Hugh Williamson Curator, Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV
Brian Parkes, CEO, JamFactory
Kirstin Stanisich, Director, Richards Stanisich
Ross Gardam, Designer, Ross Gardam

PAST WINNERS -

Sydney-based designer Seaton McKeon won the inaugural award in 2015 with The Sun The Moon and Me, a freestanding light and mirror. Seaton McKeon’s debut range with Stylecraft as a result of winning AFDA is Paperclip, an outdoor seating collection. In 2017 Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich received the award for her sculptural vanity, Place. Elliat’s resulting range from her AFDA win is Different Thoughts, comprising a credenza, floor lamp and rug design.In 2020 Sydney-based industrial designer James Walsh won, impressing the jury with Anthropic bench, which combined rammed earth with recycled glass filings to produce a sustainable and hard-wearing composite.

 

The Australian Furniture Design Award competition process is developed and delivered by CityLab.

 

Read more about AFDA and register here