Submissions are now open for all Australian designers and makers looking to enter new and original furniture designs in next year’s Australian Furniture Design Award.
The 2020 theme is ‘How can design shape life?’ and designers must consider the broader implications and opportunities of furniture design in their entries. They have until 22 November to submit a design concept and information about their professional practice. A more detailed brief will be provided upon registration, but designers must have a current ABN to enter.
A shortlist of five entrants will then be invited to present their realised designs for exhibition during Melbourne Design Week, set for 2–22 March 2020. Designers will be given an honorarium of $1,000 to turn their design into a reality especially for the show.
The winning designer will receive a $20,000 cash prize, an invitation from Stylecraft to develop a design through to commercial production for distribution and a two-week residency program at JamFactory in Adelaide to experiment with new ideas and materials, prototype new work or explore new making processes.
Established in 2015 to recognise and nurture local design talent, the Australian Furniture Design Award is being hosted in collaboration with the National Gallery Victoria and Stylecraft. The 2020 jury will include Stylecraft brand director Tony Russell, NGV curator Simone LeAmon, JamFactory CEO Brian Parkes and LEN designer and creative director Helen Kontouris.
Jurist Simone LeAmon says they will be looking for submissions that demonstrate critical and creative thinking and explore new design and production processes.
‘This award focuses on the many ways that furniture design can contribute to our cultural, economic, social and ecological world. It seeks to reveal how design can be put to work to shape life – whether as a critical practice, cultural discourse or tool of industry and commerce.”
Past winners include Sydney-based designer Seaton McKeon, who picked up the inaugural award in 2015 with The Sun, The Moon and Me, a freestanding light and mirror. While in 2017, Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich took out top spot for her sculptural vanity, Place.
To find out more about the competition and to register, see the Australian Furniture Design Award website.