The Australian Furniture Association (AFA) is an industry peak body that represents an estimated 250,000 people who are employed in furniture manufacturing businesses.
Competition from overseas manufacturers in particular has created extreme challenges for our furniture industry and the AFA has renewed its focus on local manufacturers as they develop designs and sustainable practices to meet market demands.
FURNITEX connect is the AFA’s signature annual event and encompasses trade displays, industry and emerging designer awards, as well as a conference, seminars and a gala award night. Australian Wood Review visited the event and recorded some of the highlights.
Australian Contemporary Emerging (ACE) Design Awards
This showcase for emerging designers aims to encourage original design and quality construction. Award winners are offered space at the AFA’s International Pavilion as part of an Australian Trade Mission to the London Design Festival, September 24–27, 2015. Awards were juried by Holger Dielenberg (Space Tank Studio), Jan Henderson (Co-Editor (inside) Interior Design Review magazine), Rebecca Harkness (Head, Tent London sales team), Michael Hayes (Michael Hayes Furniture).
Award winners: Andrew Beveridge, RMIT, Vic Fomu Coffee [Creative Vision Award]; Kristina Melnikova, Central Institute of Technology, Perth, WA Moxie Chair [Cutting Edge Award]; Callum Campbell and Jack Flanagan, emerging designers Grain Stool [People's Choice Award]; Kainoosh Kavoosi, Central Institute of Technology, Perth, WA Orbit Table [Creative Vision Student Award]; Vince Cosentino, emerging designer Flea Chair [Craftsmanship Award Emerging Designer].
Below, l–r: Fomu Coffee by Andrew Beveridge, Kristina Melnikova on her Moxie Chair, Kainoosh Kavoosi's Orbit Table
Australian Furniture Industry Awards
This year’s awards were juried by Daphna Tal (Australian Living), Cameron Baker (Manufacturing Skills Australia), Dr Brandon Gien (CEO, Good Design Australia), Zilahi Imre (Publisher, MagMob), Babette Hayes OAM (Designer).
Award winners: Michael Hayes, Michael Hayes Furniture Luther [Freestanding DINING]; Ross Wilding, Wild About Wood, Oregon Waterway Table [People's Choice]; Anna McRae, Molmic Furniture Cary [Freestanding LOUNGE]; Alex Earl/Gerard Pinto, Earl Pinto Simon Coat Stand [Residential Freestanding OCCASIONAL & Best of the Best]; Christopher Duncombe, Christopher Scott Duncombe The Jindivick [Freestanding BEDROOM]; Dylan Falecki, Falecki Vertical Furniture [Residentail Built-In LIVING/DINING]; Jim Setters, Woods Furniture Flexi Sit-Stand Desk [Commercial Furniture FREESTANDING FURNITURE]; Alex Earl/Gerard Pinto, Earl Pinto Globe [Commercial Built-In Furniture]
Below, l–r: Michael Hayes's Luther table, Vertical Furniture by Dylan Falecki, The Jindivick by Christopher Duncombe
We did a fast video whip-around and you can see more images in the gallery below that and also at www.ausfia.com.au
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Advance news: In 2016, FURNITEX &design will take place in Brisbane, July 8–10.