2019 Finalists

We are excited to announce the following applicants as our 2019 Front | Centre finalists, representing the best designs from Australia’s most promising designers. DENFAIR’s commitment to creating accessible pathways to industry for emerging designers begins here.

Proudly supported by the DIA, FAB9, Spicers, Schiavello and Green Magazine in partnership with Craft ACT, Craft Vic, JamFactory and Workshopped together with the Australian Design Centre.

Adrian Olasau
VIC
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Adrian’s work is a fusion of craftsmanship and refined minimalism. He is passionate about exploring the boundaries of what is possible in wood, as can be seen in his GH Bike Rack. Adrian is a traditionally trained furniture designer/maker graduating from the prestigious Sturt School for Wood, taking out the Top New Talent award. Adrian’s subtle user-focused design aims to create sustainable furniture to enhance our daily life. — olasdesign.com.au

Product: C.O Stool
Estelle Briedis
ACT
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Estelle Briedis is a Canberra-based surface designer and screen printer who specialises in creating original surface designs, exploring ideas of architectural geometry, the mathematical process of tessellation and the aesthetics of symmetry. Estelle graduated from the Australian National University School of Art and Design in 2015, with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Design Arts, has exhibited her works nationally and is currently stocked in several stores Australia wide. Estelle is also currently screen studio manager at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery. — estellebriedis.com

Product: Mesa Panel
Manuel Canestrini
VIC
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Manuel Canestrini is an architect by trade and industrial designer by heart. He founded and launched Melbourne based formacy in 2018, offering interior and product design. Born and raised in Germany, his designs are influenced by German Bauhaus aesthetics as well as efficient production methods. Calling Australia home since 2006, he gathered experience in diverse creative disciplines all over the country. He is constantly striving to marry practicability and innovation with beauty and aesthetics in the objects he creates. For him, design means the creation of something new and exciting, something useful that also pleases the eye. — formacy.com.au

Product: Colonnade
Orest Danylak
NSW
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Orest is a designer/maker living and working in Sydney. He studied Art History and Theory, and Architecture at Sydney University and then moved to Mittagong to study Fine Furniture Design and Technology at Sturt, before returning to Sydney to set up his own workshop and studio in 2017. Orest is highly skilled in the creation of furniture, lighting, hardware and interiors. He manufactures all his designs in his own workshop, predominantly working with timber and brass. He works on a commission basis and creates speculative design for gallery exhibitions. — studiodanylak.com

Product: Croydon Cabinet
Tristan Tait
VIC
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Tristan Tait is a Melbourne-based designer directing his practice towards the production of contemporary furniture and lighting design. An emphasis is placed on high quality materials, local manufacturing, select finishes and original design thinking. — tristantait.com

Product: Modern Planter
Jaron Dickson
VIC
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Trained industrial designer, working for companies Ford and Volkswagen for close to a decade, Jaron has moved into his passion to make furniture, homewares and lighting. He loves the idea that someone would choose a product that they think fits into their life, or makes their home better in some way. His philosophy lies with the great designers of the 20th century that had little interest in decorative elements. A pure functional approach is always the top priority when designing. — onticdesign.co

Product: Grenache Wine System
Marie Lefebvre
VIC
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Marie is a French designer who has lived in Australia since 2014. She studied Applied Art and Design for seven years in France and Belgium before working as a creative in advertising for twelve years across France, Switzerland, Canada and Australia. She then went on to study Furniture Design at RMIT in 2015. — ateliercayelle.com

Product: Mantö
Stephen Roy
SA
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Stephen Roy is an emerging Adelaide-based furniture designer and maker. Stephen recently completed the highly competitive training program in furniture design at Adelaide’s Jam Factory. Stephen’s independent practice is located in a shared design studio in Adelaide’s bustling inner west, surrounded by some of the country’s most accomplished designers and creatives. As a designer, Stephen aims to create unique and desirable items from a range of medium and materials. His work ranges from large and small scale commissioned works to commercial fitouts, one-off individual pieces and a broad range of product available online and to order. — stephenroy.com.au

Product: The Arc Wardrobe
Daniel Margules
ACT
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Daniel Margules (Sparks & Dust) is a Canberra-based designer specialising in handcrafted furniture, turning steel and timber into contemporary design. Having a background in the trades, he has developed skills in welding and carpentry to become a self-taught furniture maker with a growing passion for design. Daniel believes in creating quality handmade designs that are functional and durable, yet stylish and modern. The clean lines and quality materials in his pieces add a modern aesthetic to a space. — sparksanddust.com.au

Product: Kodo Hat & Coat Stand
Calum Hurley
SA
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Graduating from University of South Australia’s Bachelor of Interior Architecture with a focus on human experience; Calum has since undertaken creative pursuits in furniture, object, and installation design. Currently working out of JamFactory’s Furniture Studio in the Associate Training Program, Calum looks to meld these fields to create a range of lifestyle products for the home, whilst also establishing an artistic practice. — calumhurley.com

Product: Window Vain
Tom Hewitt
VIC
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Residing in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Tom is a designer/maker that pursues a pure and minimalist aesthetic. High quality materials and careful consideration are key elements to his design philosophy. He currently works as part of the Rakumba design team as an industrial designer. — tomhewitt.com.au

Product: Elk Outdoor Dining Chair
Ivana Taylor
SA
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Ivana Taylor is a textile and furniture designer whose work entwines fabric and wood. She creates textural objects that are functional but also abstract, poetic and intriguing because of the stories and places that inspired them. Ivana completed a Bachelor of Design and Art Education (Honours) at UNSW Art & Design, alongside working as a surface pattern designer and design teacher. She has recently commenced an Associateship at the furniture studio at The Jam Factory, Adelaide. — ivana-taylor.com

Product: Bound Bench
Kajewski Miller
QLD
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Kajewski Miller, pronounced (key-esky) is a small design studio heavily influenced by the processes of making and creating, taking careful consideration of the fabrication and material make up of each project. The two partners, Lisa Kajewski and Chris Miller, come from two creatively tied industries – architecture and product design. This leads to interesting conversations about the built environment, of all scales, and the people that navigate them. Much of their work explores the lifespan of projects. They are enamoured by the process of ageing and the qualities that lie therein. — kajewski-miller.com

Product: Credenza & Too Tone Pendent
Mathieu Cottin
SA
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Born in Lyon (France) in 1987, Mathieu learned upholstery in trade school from the age of 16, followed by five years acquiring wood working and upholstery skills while traveling around France and the UK. Mathieu came to Australia with his wife in July 2011, and only started making furniture in 2014. He has been making his own furniture part-time since last year in his studio at the JamFactory in South Australia. Mathieu aims to continue enjoying the creation of interesting furnitures, made with traditional crafts. — www.cottinmathieu.com

Product: Astro
Hustwaite Butcher
VIC
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Hustwaite Butcher design, model, prototype and manufacture a line of furniture systems and installations. Andrew Hustwaite and Richard Butcher are the founding partners behind this recently formed creative business – a partnership founded upon the exploration of modular components and their inherent efficiencies. — hustwaitebutcher.com

Product: HB Media System
Dustin Fritsche
VIC
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Softer Design Studio designs and makes furniture in Melbourne. Dustin’s pieces are minimal yet playful, and are made to a very high standard with a focus on using sustainable materials. — softerstudio.com

Product: Clearer - Coffee Table
Jack Balfour
VIC
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Jack Balfour is a potter, maker and designer, completing his Honours in Industrial Design at Monash University this year. He produces unique wheel-thrown collections in porcelain, with a focus on refined objects of beauty and function. Jack explores the severity of form accentuated by beautiful surfaces and subtle patterns, creating groupings to orchestrate an interplay of contours and bursts of colour. — jackbalfourceramics.com

Product: Candy
Makiko Ryujin
VIC
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Makiko Ryujin is a wood turner and photographer who is based in a new studio in Fawkner. Born in Aizu Wakamatsu in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, she grew up in Takasaki, in Gumma, before spending one year of high school in Jakarta, Indonesia, and finishing her studies in Melbourne, Australia. Makiko then completed a Bachelor of Photography degree at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her current photography work aligns with her dual career as a wood turner, as she is now primarily photographing the work of other artists and designers. — makikoryujin.com

Product: Shinki Burning Vessels
Olive Gill-Hille
VIC | WA
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Olive Gill-Hille is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Originally from Perth, WA, Olive relocated to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Fine Art (2015) specialising in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts, during this time she became interested in the utilitarian element of furniture and wanted to apply conceptual thinking to practical objects, this lead to undertaking the Associate Degree of Furniture Design at RMIT (2018). Olive aims to create pieces that transform furniture, traditionally static and practical objects, into involved and unconventional works of art. The designer’s experimental structures often reference the human body, bodies supporting bodies, and adapt shapes and forms from the natural environment into man-made objects. — olivegillhille.com

Product: Lagoon
THOMAS MAXAM
VIC
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THOMAS MAXAM is a design collaboration between Thomas Cohen and Maxam Whiteley. Their work explores a connection between their appreciation of simple furniture design, the Australian lifestyle and the value of user interaction with design. We believe that any occasion has the possibility of being special. — thomasmaxamstudio.com

Product: Totemic Candelabra

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

FAB9

FAB9 is Melbourne newest maker space, purpose-built so designers and makers can access the training, tools and equipment needed to turn their ideas into physical realities. FAB9 is made up of five distinct labs under one roof, including a timber shop, digital fabrication, CNC lab, an electronics lab and assembly area. Open to makers of all skills and interest levels, FAB9 is accessible via a monthly membership fee.

Green Magazine

Green is Australia’s leading publication for inspirational stories on sustainable design, featuring local and international houses, gardens and profiles. Discover spectacular urban, regional and coastal architecture featuring cutting-edge environmental ideas. View the latest in local and international product design in Upfront, and read about the innovative projects in residential and community gardens.

Design Institute of Australia

As the national peak industry body for professional design, the DIA represents the country’s design and designers both domestically and abroad. We exist to help our members succeed in business and to enjoy their working lives, while collectively growing Australia’s reputation as a design nation.

Spicers

Spicers is a dynamic and solutions-focused company with a passion for supplying quality materials, equipment, and solutions to our customers in the commercial print, labelling, signage, visual display, and architectural industries. A leader in our traditional market of commercial print paper products, we now hold significant positions in our growth markets: digital media, consumables, hardware and architecture.

Schiavello

Schiavello is a multi-discplinary design company built on quality, service excellence and innovation, creating and servicing world-class work and living environments for over 50 years. Through a culture of learning and entrepreneurship, they continuously challenge their thinking, and work collaboratively to drive innovation and deliver the best possible solutions. Since 1966, Schiavello has worked with thousands of brands across a wide range of industries including office, hospitality, health, retail, residential and education.