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Australia’s Best Design Innovations On Exhibition

Presented by Australian Design Centre and showcasing until 30 September, WORKSHOPPED20 is the ultimate exhibition of innovative design things to come from Australia during the inaugural decades of the 21st century.

Launched in 2000, WORKSHOPPED was the very first awards program focusing on furniture, lighting and object design in Australia. Started by Leanne Gibson and a handful of friends, with just five designers exhibiting, this small but dedicated team grew WORKSHOPPED into large scale annual events held in various locations in Sydney.

WORKSHOPPED’s evolution as an exhibition was followed by the opening of a retail business in Surry Hills selling the work of selected designers. In the last ten years, as the exhibition has continued to be key in discovering new Australian talent, the business has grown, and kick started the careers of many Australian designers along the way, including the likes of Alex Gilmour, Adam Goodrum, Trent Jansen and more.

Later, having moved to a showroom in Rosebery, WORKSHOPPED honed a focus on specifying Australian and New Zealand design for residential and commercial markets.

After two decades, WORKSHOPPED is still leading the way. A champion of the creativity and ingenuity of Australian furniture, lighting and object designers, producing products for global brands to critical acclaim. It has presented the work of more than 650 Australian designers in over 20 exhibitions and been viewed by over 750,000 people.

Australian Design Centre has a long relationship with WORKSHOPPED, including the ADC on Tour exhibition, Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design (2014 – 2017) and is delighted to present this annual exhibition at the Centre for the third year. The 20th anniversary exhibition, WORKSHOPPED20 is showing at Australian Design Centre, in Darlinghurst, Sydney, until 30 September 2020.


Emerging designers:

Arthur Koutoulas | Ashley Menegon | Ayano Yoshizumi | Benjamin Jay Shand | Chloe Goldsmith | Dora Ferenczi | Duncan Young | Eliza Maunsell |Fiona Booth | Hyuck Lee | Ian Bromley | Indy Wilson | Ivana Taylor | Jake Wilson | Jake Williamson | James Laffan and Seaton Mckeon | Jason Ju |  John Wardle and Simon Lloyd | Jordan Leeflang | Jordan Silver and Stefano Di Lorenzo | Josh Riesel | Jun Kim | Kathleen Prentice | Katie-Ann Houghton | Luma Weinhardt| Max Harper | Michael Hoppe | Saint Mary O’Flynn | Steven Giannuzzi | Timothy Robertson | Xanthe Murphy.


In celebration of its 20 year milestone, WORKSHOPPED20 also includes a selection of recent work by successful Australian designers who kick started their career in a WORKSHOPPED exhibition.

Adam Cornish | Alex Gilmour | Adam Goodrum | Charles Wilson | David Knott | Don Corey | Karina Clarke | Trent Jansen

Award Winners:

Awards were judged by WORKSHOPPED, Australian Design Centre and Stefan Lie. The judges thought all of the designs in this year’s exhibition showcased exceptional design skills to a highly resolved finish. Winners in each category are:

WORKSHOPPED20 Established Designer Award
John Wardle & Simon Lloyd, System Vase, 2020


WORKSHOPPED20 Emerging Designer Award
Indy Wilson, Summit – Occasional Table, 2019


WORKSHOPPED20 Emerging Designer Award- Highly Commended
Ayano Yoshizumi, Stack Planter, 2020


WORKSHOPPED20 Sustainable Design Award
Josh Riesel, Lucidium, 2019

Australian Design Centre

Photography by Rhiannon Hopely

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