• How to enter
  • Eligibility
  • Judging Criteria
  • How to enter

    Entrants are required to submit up to 4 images of the entry work and 6 images of previous/supporting work at the following specifications:

    File Type: JPEG
    Size: at least 1200px wide

  • Eligibility

    • The award is open to emerging and established designers who are Australian citizens based anywhere in the world or designers of any nationality who have Residency status in Australia
    • Designers may only submit one entry.
    • Entries must be received by 11:59pm AEST, 15 May 2017 unless stated otherwise by the organisers
    • The entered product must not be subject to any current manufacturing agreements.
    • Upon submission, the Entrant warrants that the design is their original and individual work.
    • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • If selected as a finalist, a prototype of the entered product must be available for exhibition from July 2017.
    • Entrants acknowledge their submissions, including images, may be used for publicity purposes, and that they may be contacted for comment by authorised representatives of the awards or the general media.
  • Judging Criteria

    Judges will focus on the following criteria in priority order:

    • Originality of design
    • Level of innovation
    • Suitability of design for intended function or purpose
    • Quality and finish of prototype
    • Commercial viability

    Based on the information provided through the on-line entry process, six finalists will be chosen by the judging panel and announced on 30 May 2017.

    The judging panel will meet again to examine the actual prototypes and interview the finalists in order to select the winner.

    Judges for 2017 are:

    Jon Goulder, Creative Director Furniture Design Studio – JamFactory

    Tony Russell, Brand Director – Stylecraft

    Rebecca Evans, Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts – Art Gallery of South Australia

    Susan Standring, Practice Director – Carr Design Group

    Stephen Todd, Design Editor – Australian Financial Review Magazine

    The winner will be announced on 5 July 2017.


    The Judging Panel will assess all entries against the stated criteria. Each judge has been selected for their knowledge and experience, and for their willingness to volunteer and commit time to a non-paid role as judge of the Australian Furniture Design Award.

    The Judging Panel reserves the right to refuse an entry that does not comply with all applicable entry criteria.

    Judging Panel’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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