Ashley Eriksmoen The Dream, or The view from here is both bleak and resplendent 2022. Winner of the Australian Furniture Design Award 2022. Image courtesy of Christian Markel.

Australian Furniture Design Award 2024

Presented by Stylecraft

Dates

Thu 23 May 8:30am - 5:00pm
Fri 24 May 8:30am - 5:00pm
Mon 27 May 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tue 28 May 8:30am - 5:00pm
Wed 29 May 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thu 30 May 8:30am - 5:00pm
Fri 31 May 8:30am - 5:00pm

Tickets

Free

Venue

Stylecraft Showroom
145 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Access

Accessible bathroom, Seating available

Stylecraft and the NGV announce Marta Figueiredo as the winner of the 2024 Australian Furniture Design Award with awork championing women’s health.

The Australian Furniture Design Award – the nation’s most significant furniture and lighting design accolade with a$20,000 prize – has been awarded to Australian-Portuguese architect and multidisciplinary designer Marta Figueiredo. Founded by Stylecraft and presented in collaboration with the National Gallery Victoria (NGV), the biennial Award celebrates the most interesting and innovative furniture and lighting design being created in Australia today.

Selected from a shortlist of ambitious new work, Figueiredo’s Chronicles of Resilience cabinet is a personal and vulnerable work that highlights women’s health, with a focus on endometriosis, and is designed as a tangible platform for advocacy to bring attention to the complexities of a chronic illness that affects one in seven women in Australia. The cabinet features three rotating drums, each detailed with tiles decorated in a workshop ran by Figueiredo with a group of women experiencing endometriosis.

The cabinet’s facade is segmented into four vertical thematic panels – Challenge, Resilience, Empowerment, and Imagined Future – each carefully designed to represent different complexities and nuances of the stages of the endometriosis journey. The design infuses the spirit of Figueiredo’s Portuguese heritage and the principles of furniture typologies around the world including the Portuguese and Brazilian Oratorio Domestico (narrative driven cabinets and furnishings) and the Japanese Butsudan (shrine). In addition to the prize of $20,000, Figueiredo will be invited to develop a commercial range or product with Stylecraft, and a two-week residency at the Jam Factory in Adelaide.

The 2024 recipient was selected by a jury of industry leaders comprising Ewan McEoin, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture at the NGV (Chair); Tony Russell, Brand Director at Stylecraft, Melbourne; Anne-Claire Petre, Founder Anaca Studio, Melbourne; Hamish Guthrie co-director Hecker Guthrie, Melbourne; and Elliat Rich, Alice Springs-based designer and previous AFDA winner.

The Australian Furniture Design Award (AFDA) began in 2015 as Australia’s richest furniture design prize. This biennial competition and award celebrate the most interesting furniture and lighting design being created in Australia today. The award focuses on new design ideas, critical and creative thinking, sustainability, material development, and research that explore innovative production processes.

Now in its fifth iteration, Stylecraft presents an exhibition of the 2024 shortlisted works at the Stylecraft showroom on Flinders Lane.

Shortlisted designers for the 2024 Australian Furniture Design Award included:

• Bala Ga’ Lili – Bonhula Yunupingu and Damien Wright

• Michael Gittings

• Nae Tanakorn

• supermanoeuvre + Tomkins Design

The AFDA is presented by NGV and Stylecraft with the competition process developed and delivered by CityLab.