The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards Sustainable Design finalists

Finalists in the third annual the Design Files + Laminex Design Awards have been announced.

Out of 384 entries, 129 projects have been shortlisted across 10 categories: residential architecture; sustainable design or initiative; interior design; landscape design; lighting design; furniture design; textile design; handcrafted; emerging designer; and collaboration.

The awards is the only program in Australia that collectively recognises the diverse creative fields that make up modern design, with entries spanning ceramics, woven blankets, jewellery, bedding, cleaning products, clothing, and more. From emerging creatives in home studios to globally recognised design firms, these awards bring together the very best in Australian creativity.

In a difficult year that saw many creative industries lose work, The Design Files founder and editor Lucy Feagins says the number and quality of entries received was particularly impressive.

“To see how so many creatives have risen to the challenges of 2020 and beyond is so inspiring,” Lucy says. “The vast array of Australian makers is really on display, with projects such as natural toothpaste, compostable cling wrap, and highly bespoke architectural homes all represented!”

Winners and commendations of the 2021 awards will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony at Deakin Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne on Thursday, September 30 2021. Each category has its own judging panel made up of esteemed industry professionals, including architect Kerstin Thompson; garden designer Paul Bangay; and artists Rone and Elisa Carmichael.

“Last year’s awards ceremony was conducted virtually due to the pandemic, so we’re so excited to (hopefully) bring back the huge inperson event again in September.”

The Design Files was founded in 2008 and is Australia’s most popular design blog. The awards major presenting partner Laminex, alongside category sponsors COLORBOND steel, Miele, Eco Outdoor, Jardan, Thames & Hudson, Country Road and Phoenix Tapware.

The sustainability 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, industrial design projects, functional products, furniture and lighting.

Sustainable Design Judges:
Ross Harding / Finding Infinity
Nik Robinson / Good Citizens

Sustainable Design Finalists:

The Better Uniforms.Co, Sustainable Better Uniforms

Convolo Design, H_Station

Ettitude, Clean Bamboo

Nobody Denim and GEORGE, Woven Bag

Other Matter, Algae bioplastic vessels

Jordy + Julia Kay of Great Wrap, Great Wrap – The only Australian made compostable cling wrap

Single Use Ain’t Sexy, Dissolvable Hand Soap Tablet & Reusable Glass Soap Bottle

ROCC Naturals, ROCC Naturals – brand launch

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

The Sustainable Design award is presented by Country Road

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