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Announcing The FINALISTS For The TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2021!

TDF Design Awards

Today it’s our absolute pleasure to announce the shortlisted projects for the TDF + Laminex Design Awards – ahhh! After much deliberation, 384 entries have been whittled down to 129. It was not at easy job – this year’s projects were just SO good!

Over the coming weeks, our panel of expert judges will decide the winner and commendations in each category – to will be announced at our awards presentation on September 30th at Federation Square in Melbourne!

But for now, read on for a taste of the very best design and creativity happening in Australia right now. The future looks bright!

5th July, 2021

Archier’s Corner House – shortlisted in the Residential Architecture category. Photo – Rory Gardiner.

LEFT: Rob Kennon Architects, Elwood Bungalow. Photo – Derek Swalwell RIGHT: Edition Office, Kyneton House, both shortlisted in the Residential Architecture category. Photo – Ben Hosking

LEFT: Rosanna Ceravolo Design, South Yarra Apartment. Photo – Sean Fennessy RIGHT: Esoteriko, Bunker In The Treetops. Photo – Dave Wheeler

LEFT: Peachy Green, Sharp Street. Photo – Sarah Pannell RIGHT: Phillip Withers, The Toorak Garden. Photo – Amelia Stanwix

LEFT: Adam Cornish, MAKI Chair. Photo – Mattia Balsamini RIGHT: Johnny Nargoodah and Trent Jansen, Ngumu Janka Warnti Collection. Photo – Romello Pereira

LEFT: Articolo Lighting, Loopi Wall Sconce. Photo – Sharyn Cairns RIGHT: Dean Norton, Daylight. Photo – Dean Norton

LEFT: Liam Fleming, Post-Production. Photo –Grant Hancock RIGHT: Rona Rubuntja of Hermannsburg Potters. Photo – Courtesy Hermannsburg Potters

LEFT: Oat Studio, Capital Collection. Photo – Jenny Wu RIGHT: Ikuntji Artists + Publisher Textiles. Photo – Christian Koch (Ikuntji Artists)

LEFT: CASTLE + Gorman PlaygroundRachel Castle For Gorman Playground. Photo – Courtesy of Gorman. RIGHT: TWOOBS + Cungelella Art. Photo – Renee Johnstone.

LEFT: Great Wrap, The Only Australian-Made Compostable Cling Wrap. Photo – Cubed Studios. RIGHT: Other Matter, Algae bioplastic vessels. Photo – Pier Carthew

LEFT: Ben Shields, Architecture and Interior Design. Photo – Rory Gardiner. RIGHT: Tsai Design, Architect. Photo – Tess Kelly

Lucy Feagins
Monday 5th July 2021

Another year, another AMAZING collection of entries in the TDF + Laminex Design Awards!

To be honest, after the difficult 18 months we’ve all had, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect from this year’s program. But we were absolutely blown away by the quality of entries we received. The standard was ESPECIALLY high this year, so we’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who entered, and of course, a massive congratulations to the finalists.

The images in this post represent just a small taste of the shortlisted projects in this year’s awards program. Over the next couple of months we’ll be sharing an in-depth look at each category shortlist more closely!

Residential Architecture

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

Judges : Aaron Peters (Vokes & Peters), Tristan Wong (SJB) and Kerstin Thompson (Kerstin Thompson Architects).

The Residential Architecture award is presented by COLORBOND® steel.

Archer Office – Hamilton Courtyard
Archier – Corner House
Architects EAT – Bellows House
Austin Maynard Architects – Garden House
Benn & Penna Architects – Henley Clays
Blair Smith Architecture – Brunswick Lean To
Curious Practice – Lambton House
Edition Office – Kyneton House
FMD Architects – Coopworth
Fox Johnston – SRG House
Furminger – River House
Nic Brunsdon – East Fremantle House
Nielsen Jenkins – Mt Coot-Tha House
Ron Kennon Architects – Elwood Bungalow
Studio Bright – 8 Yard House
Studio Prineas – Bona Vista
Wiesebrock Architecture – Bellbrae House
Wowowa – PONY

Interior Design

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

Judges : Pascale Gomes McNabb (Pascale Gomes McNabb Design), Sue Carr (Carr Architecture and Interior Design) and Mardi Doherty (Doherty Design Studio). 

The Interior Design award is presented by Miele.

Adam Kane Architects – Barwon Heads House
Architects EAT – Carpenter’s Square House
Edition Design – Melburnian Apartment
Esoteriko – Bunker In The Treetops
Fox Johnston – SRG House
Hugh-Jones Mackintosh – The Weave House
Lauren Egan Design – Victoria St
Maria Danos Architecture – Henry Street Townhouse
Rosanna Ceravolo Design – South Yarra Apartment
YSG Studio – Dream Weaver
YSG Studio – Soft Serve
Studio Esteta – Mornington Peninsula House

Landscape Design

This category seeks to award one standout Australian Landscape Design project, completed in the last three years. Residential, public and community gardens are all eligible within this category.

Judges : Paul Bangay (Paul Bangay Garden Design), Amanda Oliver (Amanda Oliver Gardens) and Myles Baldwin (Myles Baldwin Design).

The Landscape Design category is presented by Eco Outdoor.

Bethany Williamson Landscape Architecture – Prospect Hill
Dan Young Landscape Architect – Y3 Garden
Fig Landscapes – Coolamon House
Fig Landscapes – The Plot
Ian Barker Gardens – Blairgowrie
Mud Office – Essendon
Outdoor Establishments – Kenthurst Gardens
Peachy Green – Sharp Street
Philip Withers – Lara
Philip Withers – The Toorak Garden
Rush Wright Associates – Victorian Emergency Services Memorial
Studio Bright – 8 Yard House

Furniture Design

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 : Nick Rennie (Nick Rennie Studio), Khai Liew (Khai Liew Design).

The Furniture Design category is presented by Jardan.

Adam Cornish Design – MAKI Chair
Real Non-Real – Formosa Coat Stand
Biasol Studio – Strato Collezione Marmi
BoardGrove Architects – Stool Dolly
James Howe – J5 Credenza
Like Butter – Kitta Parts
Johnny Nargoodah and Trent Jansen – Ngumu Janka Warnti Collection
Jordan Leeflang – Kilter
Koala – Cork Sofa
Marino Made – Round Desk
René Linssen – Union
Rosanna Ceravolo – By Product
Ross Gardam – Breeze Collection
Eva – Hideaway Table Collection

Lighting Design

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 Celina Clarke (ISM Objects).

Alex Earl Lighting – Alex Earl
Takeawei – Stack Lamp
Dean Norton – Daylight
Dean Toepfer – Solute Chandelier
Edward Linacre – Sun
Ivana Taylor – Wrapped Gestures Light
South Drawn – Globosus Pendant
svikis. – Layers
Marta Figueiredo – Stardust
Articolo Lighting – Loopi Wall Sconce
Ross Gardam – Arbour Linear Pendant

Textile Design

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 :  Luciana Wallis (Warwick Fabrics) and Sophie Matson (Kobn)

Caro Pattle – Woven Vase & Cup
Instyle Interior Finishes – Native
Kuwaii – Chronicle for Spring/Summer ’20
Takeawei – Glaze Test Woollen Blanket
Curio Practice – Australian Woollen Blankets
Nobody Denim x GEORGE – Woven Bag
GH Commercial – Oceanic Commercial Carpet Collection
Ikuntji Artists + Publisher Textiles – Clothing Collection
Paire – The World’s Comfiest Socks
Badaam – The Meeting Place
Oat Studio – Capital Collection
Tara Whalley – New York Fashion Week Collection
Pampa – Eclipse
Amber Days – Wanala Collection


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 : Nicolette Johnson, Amanda Dziedzic and Elisa Carmichael.

Alison Frith – Ceramic Plinth
Alison Jackson & Dan Lorimer – Flow Form Vases
Alicia Marrday of Marrawuddi Arts & Culture – Baladjdji (Backpack)
Erin.k jewellery + Koorie Tales – Source of Life + Essence at Dusk
Georgina Proud – Flotsam//Jetsam
Oh Hey Grace – A Place To Call Home
Hamish Munro – The Joan Series
Jan Vogelpoel Ceramics – Future Curve, Space Cadet and Curve
Jenna M Lee – Body Language
Eun Ceramics – Curved
Other Matter – Algae Bioplastic Vessels
Kyoko Hashimoto – Bioregional Rings
Liam Fleming – Post-Production
Lucy Tolan – Seams
Rona Rubuntja of Hermannsburg Potters – Selected works by Rona Rubuntja
Sarah Rayner and Sophie Carnell– Florilegium … traversing the poetry of plants

Sustainable Design or Initiative

This category seeks to award one outstanding Australian sustainable designed product, concept, idea or initiative, developed by either an individual, group or organisation in the last three years. Any project which is exemplary of sustainable innovation is eligible, including functional products, furniture and lighting, as well as concepts, ideas and community initiatives with positive environmental outcomes.

Judges : Ross Harding (Finding Infinity), Nik Robinson (Good Citizens).

The Sustainable Design award is presented by Country Road.

The Better Uniforms Co. –Sustainable Better Uniforms
Convolo Design – H_Station
Ettitude – CleanBamboo
Nobody Denim and GEORGE – Woven Bag
Other Matter – Algae Bioplastic Vessels
Great Wrap, The Only Australian-Made Compostable Cling Wrap
Single Use Ain’t Sexy – Dissolvable Hand Soap Tablet
ROCC Naturals – Sustainable Oral Care
Cultivated (by Cult Design) – Cultivated
Revival Projects – Zero Footprint Repurposing Initiative at Ferrars Street
Pleasant State + Pop & Pac – Pleasant State – Drop into the Revolution
Use Daily – Various Origins

Emerging Designer

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

Judges : Adriana Hanna (Kennedy Nolan), Danielle Brustman.

The Emerging Designer Award is supported by Phoenix Tapware.

Charlie White
Curious Practice
Ulo Australia
Brothers Fearon Fabrication
Tsai Design
Other Matter
Lauren Haynes
Nicole Lawrence Studio
Wisebrock Architecture


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.

The Collaboration Award is supported by Thames & Hudson

Judges : Jirra Lulla (Kalinya), Tyrone Wright (Rone) and Amanda Henderson (Gloss Creative).

Ikuntji Artists & Publisher Textiles – Clothing Collection
John Wardle Architects + Ash Keating Studio – Solar Pavilion
Mud Australia + APY Art Centre Collective – Mud x APY
Trent Jansen Studio + Johnny Nargoodah – Ngumu Janka Warnti Collection
Please Please Please + Bergman & Co – Poodle
CASTLE + Gorman Playground – Rachel Castle for Gorman Playground
SKEEHAN Studio + ROU House – ROU House
TWOOBS + Cungelella Art – Cungellela Art x TWOOBS
Amber Days + Arkie Barton – Wanala Collection


Winners will be announced in an awards ceremony at Deakin Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne on Thursday, September 30th 2021.

A huge thank you 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 presenting partner Laminex and category sponsors – COLORBOND® steelMieleEco Outdoor, JardanThames & HudsonCountry Road and Phoenix Tapware!– for supporting the TDF +Laminex Design Awards 2021.

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 the Residential Architecture shortlist next Monday!

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