Australian Furniture Design Award

Presented by Stylecraft and JamFactory, the Australian Furniture Design Award is Australia’s richest and most prestigious award for furniture design.

This new biennial award is open to Australian designers globally and designers residing in Australia.

The award encourages innovation in furniture design and will foster new opportunities for furniture manufacturing in Australia.

The winner of the award will receive:

  • $20,000 cash
  • Acquisition of the winning prototype by the Art Gallery of South Australia1
  • A residency within the JamFactory Furniture Studio (including travel and up to four weeks accommodation) to develop a design through to commercial production2
  • Distribution of the resulting product or product range through Stylecraft’s showrooms throughout Australia and Singapore3
  • Professional photo shoot of the resulting product or product range
  • Royalties on sales of the resulting product or product range at an above-industry rate of 7.5% of wholesale4
  • Accounting, legal and intellectual property advice

From entries submitted online, six finalists will be chosen by a high profile national judging panel.


AFDA 2017

Closing date 15 May 2017


Established by the State Government of South Australia in 1973, JamFactory is Australia’s leading not for profit organisation supporting good design and fine craftsmanship. Along with operating purpose built studios, galleries and shops in the Adelaide CBD and the Barossa Valley, JamFactory produces a nationally distributed range of locally designed and made products and delivers an Australia-wide touring exhibitions program.

Central to JamFactory’s activities is its internationally acclaimed two-year training program for creative entrepreneurs working in ceramics, glass, furniture or metal design. Successful alumni from this program are working across Australia and around the globe.

Furniture is a key area of focus for JamFactory and its Furniture Design Studio, under the leadership of Creative Director Jon Goulder, regularly works with architects and interior designers to develop bespoke furniture and interior elements and launched a new furniture collection in 2016.



Stylecraft have been providing furniture of original, contemporary design for over 60 years. First established in Melbourne, Stylecraft now have six showrooms around Australia together with a showroom in Singapore to support the Asian market.

The Stylecraft product offering is suitable for commercial, educational, hospitality and residential spaces and is a broad collection of Australian designed and manufactured furniture together with international brands represented on an exclusive basis.

Stylecraft is passionate about original design, investing in brands and people who share this passion. As a committed supporter of Australian design and manufacturing, Stylecraft have worked with a wealth of local talent including the likes of Alexander Lotersztain (Derlot Editions), Helen Kontouris (LEN), Ross Gardam and Keith Melbourne, with the belief that it is important to provide these designers the opportunity to build their brands at home.


Art Gallery of South Australia

Founded in 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia is home to one of Australia’s great art collections, housed in one of Adelaide’s most beautiful buildings. Located at the heart of Adelaide’s cultural boulevard, North Terrace, between the South Australian Museum and University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery welcomes approximately 700,000 visitors each year

The Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection includes approximately 65,000 works of art and design from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. The collections feature paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery and an impressive representation of Australian furniture from colonial to contemporary.


Intelligent Creative Direction

Established in 2003, Canvas Group is an award-winning creative agency providing intelligent creative direction and strategy across a full spectrum of communications.

We focus on developing transparent, collaborative relationships, working with you to grow your brands and tell your stories.

Creatively, we maintain a multi-disciplinary approach spanning branding, print and digital. This breadth allows us to support you across the full scope of your creative requirements, and gives us the agility to stay at the cutting edge of the creative industry as it evolves.


1. The Art Gallery of South Australia will seek to acquire the winning prototype for its permanent collection at the agreed market value. JamFactory will act as Agent for the sale and the acquisition will be subject to the Art Gallery of South Australia’s normal approvals process. 2. JamFactory will negotiate with the winner to determine mutually suitable timing for the residency. The residency may include multiple visits within a limited budget. Every effort will be made to assist the winner in the development and launch of a new product but commercial release and on-going sales cannot be guaranteed. 3. Stylecraft will be the exclusive national distributor of the resulting product or product range. 4. The product will be supplied to Stylecraft exclusively by JamFactory at an agreed wholesale price. JamFactory will report on sales and pay to the winner the calculated royalty on a quarterly basis.