TDF Design Awards

Announcing... The Design Files Design Awards FINALISTS!

A sincere THANKYOU is in order. Entries for the inaugural TDF Design Awards closed on Friday, June 7th, and we received more than 500 entries in total across the 12 award categories, which pretty much blows our minds! We were completely blown away by the incredible variety and high calibre of projects put forward – thankyou all for getting behind this new awards program, we’re truly grateful!

TODAY, we’re thrilled to announce the shortlists in each category. After much deliberation, 520 entries have been whittled down to 125, and together, they represent the great breadth of design talent and creativity in Australia right now.

Our esteemed group of judges now have the tough task of selecting the final winners in each category! 12 winners, and a number of commendations will be announced at our awards presentation on Thursday, September 19th at Federation Square Melbourne. Stay tuned – it’s gonna be big! 

Lucy Feagins

Austin Maynard Architects, Empire House. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

LEFT: MRTN Architects,  Dark Light House. Photo – Tatjana Plitt. RIGHT: Hannah Tribe, House In Darlinghurst. Photo – Katherine Lu.

Left: Chelsea Hing, Yarra Valley House. Photo – Sean Fennessy.  Styling – Beck Simon. Right: Doherty Design Studio, Thornton Residence.  Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Left: Withers Group, Portsea Garden.  Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Right: Clapham Landcape Architecture, The Enchanted Garden. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Left: Nick Rennie Studio, Sway Lamp. Photo – courtesy of Nick Rennie. Right: Milligram Studio & One Design Office,  Form. Photo – Nathan Davis.

Left: Cameron Foggo, Bureau Sofa. Photo – Jake Wallace. Right: Fomu Design, Odie Chair. Photo – Sean Fennessy.


Left: GEORGE, Woven bag series. Photo – Victoria Zschommler. Styling – Nat Turnbull. Right: Variety Hour,  Tourist.  Photo – Rod Pilbeam.

Left: FloweringNOW, Flowering Now 2018. Photo – Cassandra Tzortzoglou. Right: BESS,  Wilflower Trolleys. Photo – Pablo Veiga. Syling – Megan Morton.

Left: Stephanie Somebody,  Real Living – Styling With Fruit. Photo – Lauren Bamford. Right: Rone International,  RONE EMPIRE. Photo – RONE. Styling  – Carly Spooner.

Left: Asobimasu Clay, Kaiketsu Vase.  Photo – Adam Brady. Right: Nicolette Johnson,  Dark Tower. Photo – Nicoleette Johnson.


Left: Milou Milou,  Luxury Custom Flac Linen Bed Garments. Photo – Lillie Thompson. Styling – Nat Turnbull. Right: Contain Studio & Swear Words,  Milk in Glass.  Photo – Gareth Sobey. Styling – Melinda King.

Left: Tantri Mustika Ceramics, Garnitures. Photo – Melissa Cowan. Right: Studio Edwards,  House 28. Photo – Tony Gorsevski.

Left: Thomas Coward & Artedomus,  New Volumes™ Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Natalie Turnbull.  Right: Tom Fereday & Earp Bros, OMNI Breeze Block.  Photo – Jason Busch.

Lucy Feagins
5th of July 2019

Why another awards program? I’m so glad you asked. The Design Files Design Awards isn’t quite like other programs. We wanted to create an awards program to acknowledge the huge variety of design and creativity we champion here on The Design Files – from small scale, handcrafted practices, to creative collaborations, right through to architecture, landscape design and interiors. There’s no hierarchy here – we feel that the people working across all these disciplines each make a uniquely important contribution to pushing creative culture forward in Australia.

Looking at the great variety of architects, designers, and creative practitioners shortlisted below, we feel that this program really does present a succinct snapshot of Australia’s most exciting creative happenings right now!

The photographs you see here are merely a *taste* of the creative projects who’ve been shortlisted in these awards. Not all projects are pictured – yet! Below, is an exhaustive list of all shortlisted entries, and in the coming weeks, we will delve deeper into each category, providing a closer look at the finalists across each discipline.


This category seeks to award one standout Australian residential architecture Project. Ground-up builds, renovations and additions are all eligible within this category.

Judges: Clare Cousins (Clare Cousins Architects), Graham Burrows (JCB) and Albert Mo (Architects EAT)

The Residential Architecture award is supported by Brickworks.

Archer Office – Camperdown Warehouse
Austin Maynard Architects – Empire House
Edition Office – Point Lonsdale House
Edition Office Hawthorn House
Olaver Architecture – House 1602
Hogg&Lamb – B&B Residence
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects – Crescent Head House
Splinter Society Architecture – Cornerstone House
Vokes & Peters – Subiaco House
Tribe Studio – House in Darlinghurst
Sibling Architecture – Hello Houses
MRTN Architects – Dark Light House
Partners Hill – Mermaid Multihouse
Bligh Graham Architects – Harriet House


This category seeks to award one distinctive Australian residential interior design Project created by an individual or studio.

Judges: David Flack (Flack Studio) Yasmin Ghoniem (Amber Road) and Adriana Hanna (Kennedy Nolan)

The Interior Design award is supported by Miele.

Brammah Interior Design – Ferndale House
Chelsea Hing – Yarra Valley House
Workroom – Huntingtower Residence
Doherty Design Studio – St Kilda Residence
Doherty Design Studio – Thornton Residence
Matt Woods Design – Perfect Storm
Olivia Bossy – Freshwater
Dylan Farrell Design – Sydney Contemporary Perch
Sarah Cosentino & Felicity Slattery – Portsea Beach House
Simone Haag – House Poynton
Larritt-Evans – Elwood House
Georgina Jeffries – The Victorian
Kate Challis Interiors – Gertrude Street Project


This category seeks to award one standout Australian Landscape Design project. Residential, public and community gardens are all eligible within this category.

Judges: Paul Bangay (Paul Bangay Garden Design), Rick Eckersley (Eckersley Garden Architecture) and Georgina Reid (The Planthunter)

The Landscape Design award is sponsored by Eco Outdoor.

Alexandra Farrington & Alfalfa Landscape Architecture + Design – East Pilbara Arts Centre
Elizabeth Prater – The Sir George
Jamie Clapham Landscape Architecture – The Enchanted Garden
Kate Seddon Landscape Design – Pavillion Courtyard
Lisa Ellis Gardens – The Eastern Terrace
Mud Office – New Street, Brighton
Mud Office – Waterdale Road
Muir & Openwork – Doubleground
Rush Wright Associates – Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Council
Withers Group – Portsea Garden


This category seeks to award one distinctive Australian lighting design project. Individual products or product ranges developed within Australia, bespoke designs, one-off lighting projects and installations will be considered in this category.

Judges: Christopher Boots (Christopher Boots) and Kate Stokes (Coco Flip).

Anna Charlesworth – 3 x Flower Arcs
Apparentt – Esteem Floor Lamp
Joslin Koolen – Illuminated Lines
Milligram Studio & One Design Office – Form
Nick Rennie – Sway Lamp
Ross Gardam – Hemera Desk Lamp
Ross Gardam – Nebulae Chandelier Collection
Sarah Nedovic – Pieces
Zachary Hanna – Trapeze


This category seeks to award one distinctive Australian furniture design project. Individual products and/or product ranges developed within Australia, bespoke pieces, fixed and freestanding furniture designs will be considered in this category.

Judges: Richard Munao (Cult Design and NAU), Adam Goodrum, and Grazia Materia (Grazia & Co).

The Furniture Design award is sponsored by NAU.

Fomu Design – Odie Chair
Bern Chandley Furniture – CoCo Armchair
Cameron Foggo – Bureau Sofa
Daniel Poole – Freshwater Dining Table
Dean Norton – Moodlum
Softer – Clearer Coffee Table
Tom Fereday for King Living – ETO Desk
Jardan – Arte Table Range
Nick Rennie Studio – Wyrie Table
Pop and Scott – The Lou Alto
Koskela – Learn
Ross Thompson – Gentleman’s Wardobe


This category seeks to award one distinctive Australian textile design project. One-off textile designs, textile collections and textile-based fashion or homewares products will be considered in this category.

Judges: Bonnie Ashley (Bonnie and Neil) and Lisa Gorman (Gorman).

Cassie Byrnes – Tourist
Esther Sandler – Togetherness
Georgia Cannon – Style Revolutionary Rug Collection
Georgina Whigham – Woven Bag Series
Julie White & The Ghan – 90th Anniversary Scarf
Marta Figueiredo AKA Figgoscope Curates – Prima Familia Totems
Natalie Ryan – Meander Designs Belgian Cotton Linen Cushions
Rachel Castle – Sweet Pea Bedlinen Range
Sophie Matson – Købn Summer
Teresa Ceberek for Tsar Carpets – X-Materiality Collection


This category seeks to award one outstanding Australian floral design project completed by any practising floral designer, group or organisation. Commercial commissions, including small floral arrangements, larger floral schemes, installations, botanical-based sculptures and art projects will be considered in this category.

Judges: Cherrie Miriklis-Pavlou (Flowers Vasette) and Joost Bakker.

The Floral Design Awards is sponsored by Interflora.

BESS – Wilflower Trolleys
Tweed Twigs – A Study Of Beauty
Hattie Molloy – Soil
Candy MT – Marigold Motel
Meghan Fletcher of Good Grace and Humour – Lotus Leaf Lamp
Melanie Stapleton and Katie Marx – Flowering Now
Pomp and Splendour – Way Of Flowers


This category seeks to award one outstanding Australian styling or art direction project completed by either an individual, group or organisation. A single photograph or photographic series, advertising campaign, editorial project or personal styling project will be considered in this category.

Judges: Glen Proebstel and Megan Morton

The Styling & Art Direction Award is sponsored by Cult.

Bridget Wald, Alice Huthinson, Ilona Savcenko – Italian Tabletop
Fiona Lynch – Workshop
Kelly Larkin – Pepite
Lucille Ruehland – Bailey Nelson – Titanium
Natalie Turnbull – Milou Milou
Poliform Australia – Art, Design, Arflex
Simone Haag – Art Of Dining
Stephanie Stamatis – Real Living
Tyrone ‘Rone’ Wright & Carly Spooner – RONE Empire
Zarko ‘Jack’ Milenkovic for – Mistr Organics


This category seeks to award one outstanding Australian handcrafted project, completed by either an individual, group or organisation. A single handcrafted functional, decorative or wearable item, or a handcrafted product range will be considered in this category. Practitioners of any handcrafted discipline are eligible to enter.

Judges: Louse Olsen (Dinosaur Designs), Maree Clarke and Chloë Powell (Craft Victoria).

The Handcrafted Award is sponsored by Jansz Tasmania.

Alicia Van Rhijn – ‘Small Spaces’ – architectural landscapes
Asobimasu Clay – Kaiketsu Vase
Interia – Texture
Kenny Yong-soo Son – The Teapot Project
Lynette Sumner – Subterrane Pods
Natalie Rosin – Kirribilli Ceramic Tapestry
Nicolette Johnson – Dark Tower
Tammy Kanat – Serenity 2019
Tantri Mustika – Garnitures
ACV Studios – Fold Vases


This category seeks to award one outstanding Australian sustainable design project, completed by either an individual, group or organisation. Any project which is exemplary of sustainable innovation is eligible, including, but not limited to, architectural projects, industrial design projects, functional products, furniture and lighting.

Judges: Jeremy McLeod (Breathe Architecture, Nightingale Housing) and Abigail Forsyth (KeepCup).

The Sustainable Design award is sponsored by Mercedes me.

Better Packaging co. – comPOST Packs
Contain Design Studio – Milk In Glass
Candice Choma – Eden Cup
Beetbox – BeetBox Glass Lunch Bowl
Champ Design – Puzzle Placements
NRN Architects – Walkerville POD House
Seljak Brand – Closed Up Merino Wool Blanket
Carter Williamson – GRID Education
Sophie Gandar – Milou Milou
Seed & Sprout Co. – Fresh Food Storage Bundle
Trias – Three Piece house


This category seeks to award one designer, architect, studio or independent creative, working in any creative discipline, who has launched their own professional practice within the last three years.

Judges: Lucy Feagins (The Design Files), Anne-Maree Sargeant (Authentic Design Alliance) and Henry Wilson (Studio Henry Wilson).

The Emerging Designer Award is supported by Phoenix Tapware.

Alichia Van Rhijn (ceramicist)
FOMU (furniture designers)
Edition Office (architects)
Apparentt (furniture designers)
Studio Edwards (architects)
Tantri Mustika (ceramicist)
Zachary Hanna (lighting designer)


This category seeks to award one collaborative design project, where two or more separate creative practitioners, businesses or entities have come together to create one collaborative product, product range, installation, built structure or other creative project.

Judges: Ken Done, Jeremy Wortsman (The Jacky Winter Group), and Amanda Henderson (Gloss Creative).

TSAR Carpets, Byzantine Design and Luke Furniture – X-Materiality
Cindy-Lee Davies & Dustin Fritsche – NWAY
Dale Hardiman & Tom Skeehan, Friends & Associates – Welcome to Wasteland
Julian Kosloff, Kosloff Architecture & Callum Morton, Monash Art Projects – 18 Innovation Walk Revitalisation Project
MUIR Architecture & Openwork – Doubleground
Paige Anderson, Hayley Sparks & Emma Leonard for KIDS Magazine – The Dreamers
Thomas Coward & Artedomus – New Volumes
Tom Fereday & Earp Bros – OMNI Breeze Block
Travis Dean & Charlie Wilde, Cantilever Interiors & Mark Simpson & Damien Mulvihill, Design Office – Tableau
Tyrone “Rone” Wright with Carly Spooner, Loose Leaf, Nick Batterham, Kat Snowden, PHORIA, Lester Francois, The Social Crew & Lily Sullivan – Rone Empire.

Winners will be announced in an awards ceremony at Deakin Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne on Thursday, September 19th 2019.

A huge thankyou to our Judges, who are now undertaking the immense task of selecting just one winner in each category, along with a handful of commendations!  Thanks, too, to our sponsors – Brickworks, Miele, Cult, NAU, Interflora, Mercedes me, Eco Outdoor, Jansz Tasmania and Phoenix Tapware – for throwing their support behind TDF Design Awards 2019!

You can explore photographs of all the shortlisted projects over on the TDF Awards website. And, stay tuned for in-depth coverage of each category shortlist over the coming weeks – starting with a closer look at at the Residential Architecture shortlist next Monday!

Recent TDF Design Awards