20 July - 18 August

Australian Design Centre and WORKSHOPPED are delighted to present the digital 21st edition of the design industry’s much anticipated annual program WORKSHOPPED21 - the very best in new Australian furniture lighting and object design by emerging and established designers.

Celebrating 20 years last year, in 2021 WORKSHOPPED21 takes a big step into the future contemplating design for life in a post-pandemic world.

Innovative forms and inspired design thinking are needed to address the big issues - the environment, sustainability, health, wellbeing and circular economies. Our culture at work and home has evolved, and embracing contemporary Australian materials and manufacture is the new normal. What does this future look like in object, furniture and lighting design?

Responding to the 2021 brief designers considered the Australian design identity, circular design principles, bioplastics, salvaged and waste materials, space saving, multifunction and accessible design. They have delivered designs that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, innovative, sustainable and long lasting - the ingredients of future design for our living and workplaces.


Dianne Beevers / Leon Curtis / Jerry Dowse / Marta Figueiredo / Simon Haeser / Matthew Harkness / Noah Hartley / Michael Hoppe / Mick Jessop / Denni Maroudas / James Mugavin / Kathleen Prentice / Robert Schwartz / Mechelle Shooter / Marika Svikis / Francesca Sykes / Brooke Zhang

This year due to the cancellation of the physical exhibition the design community has come together to support WORKSHOPPED21 by generously donating over $12,000 in prizes for the People’s Choice Award.

Award Winners:

WORKSHOPPED21 Established Designer Award
Winner: Michael Hoppe, font, 2021

WORKSHOPPED21 Emerging Designer Award 
Joint Winners: Leon Curtis, Herringbone Tall Boy, 2020 and Simon Haeser Oceania, 2018

Highly Commended:
Marika Svikis LAYERS, 2021 and Kathleen Prentice Bell-bottom Stool, 2019

WORKSHOPPED21 Sustainable Design Award
Winner: Matthew Harkness, Speckled Side Tables, 2020

Highly Commended:
Marta Figueiredo Stardust, 2021

People's Choice Award:

Winner: Mick Jessop Iso Entertainment Unit, 2021
Award prize money supported by Arthur G, BoConcept, Stylecraft and Dr Stefan Lie

Thank you to our WORKSHOPPED21 supporters: Arthur G, BoConcept, Signwave Newtown, Stylecraft and our media partner InDesign

Read the exhibition review by Dr Stefan Lie, Co-director of Material Ecologies Design Lab and Senior Lecturer Product Design, University of Technology Sydney here.

For sales enquires please contact rhadi@australiandesigncentre.com


Australian Design Centre and Arts Law present a webinar ‘The Law for Designers’ 
This webinar session will walk you through copyright, licensing, contracts - the issues that designers need to know. Presented as part of the exhibition WORKSHOPPED21: New Furniture, Lighting and Object Design. This is a one hour session followed by a 30 minute audience Q & A.
When: Thursday 19 August, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Online - via Zoom
Free event, bookings required

WORKSHOPPED21 Award Winners Announcement and People's Choice Prize Draw
Join us for the WORKSHOPPED21:New Furniture, Lighting and Object Design Award Winners Announcement and People’s Choice Prize Draw with an after-work drink at your desk!
When: Thursday 19 August, 5:00 pm
Where: Online event - via Zoom
Free event, bookings required

Dianne Beevers

LEAN21, 2021
Australian red cedar Toona ciliata, leather
2400h x 620w x 30dmm

Leon Curtis

Herringbone Tall Boy, 2020
Woven American oak, ebony, Italian leather
1800h x 890w x 760d mm

Jerry Dowse

Tim Burtop, 2021
Tasmanian oak & bioplastic
720h x 600w x 1200d mm

Justin Case, 2021
Tasmanian oak, thermoplastic and linen
480h x 210w x 505d mm

Marta Figueiredo

Stardust, 2021
Resin waste, eco resin, Aluminium, LED, fabric cord, diffusing acrylic disk, Bluetooth dimmer
365h x 160dia mm

Simon Haeser

Oceania, 2018
Steel, MDF, veneer, fabric
175h x 74w x 78dmm

DLX10, 2018
Mild steel and Tasmanian oak, upholstered polycarbonate diffuser
1870h x 165w x 400dmm

Matthew Harkness

Speckled Side Tables, 2020
PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastic waste
550h x 320w x 320dmm
$800 each

Noah Hartley

Paper Vase, 2020
Blown glass
Tall: 300h x 100w x 170d mm
Short: 200h x 200w x 70d mm
$340 each

Michael Hoppe

Font, 2021
3D printed metal, polymer
210h x 24w x 12d mm (9 Pieces)

Hyper chair, 2021
3D printed PLC (corn starch)
870h x 480w x 420d mm

Mick Jessop

IsoKing Entertainment Unit, 2021
Birch plywood 18mm
485h x 1600w x 510d mm

IsoKing Bed, 2021
Birch plywood 18mm
300h x 1770w x 2110d mm

Denni Maroudas

Cobra Corner Table, 2020
American cherry
900h x 750w x 300d mm

James Mugavin

Sampo Gum Shikuchi - Coffee Table, 2021
Recycled Australian hard wood

Kathleen Prentice

Bell-bottom Stool, 2019
Powder coated aluminium
450h x 300w x 300d mm
$345 each

Robert Schwartz

Mini Jug, 2021
60h x 50w x 50d mm
$55 each

Over/Under Platter, 2021
90h x 250w x 250d mm
$350 each

Mechelle Shooter

Coffee Ritual 21, 2021
450h x 350w x 250d mm
$405 per set

Marika Svikis

LAYERS, 2021
Acrylic, LED
sizes vary
$269 - $329

Francesca Sykes

Hey Neighbour, 2020
Steel tube, white oak
720h x 1640w x 560d mm
$3,500 or $1,750 per chair

Brooke Zhang

Hoop Stool, 2021
American rock maple, metal, leather
825h x 660w x 520d mm