Design award offers $20,000
Above: James Walsh's Anthropic Bench was the 2020 AFDA winner.
Registrations for the Australian Furniture Design Award 2022 are now open and due by October 15. Presented by the National Gallery of Victoria and Stylecraft, as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, Australian designers, architects and makers are challenged to submit 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.
The AFDA 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.
The first stage is an open call for design concepts and information about the designer’s professional practice. Up to five competitors will be shortlisted to present their designs for exhibition and the stage two judging at the Stylecraft showroom during Melbourne Design Week 2022.