WORKSHOPPED 21 is an annual exhibition program and platform for showcasing new Australian furniture, object and lighting design.

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 – climate, environment, sustainability, health, wellbeing and the 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? WORKSHOPPED21 is seeking production ready solutions to the design issues of our times. Designs that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, innovative, sustainable and long lasting are the ingredients of future design for our living and work places.


31 May: Submissions close

8-9 July: Products delivered to ADC, Sydney

12-14 July: Install exhibition

EXHIBITION  15 July – 18 August 2021


We are looking for the very best in new design. We’re seeking designs that respond to the issues of our times and are functional, aesthetically pleasing, innovative, sustainable and long lasting.

Entry is free but shortlisted applicants will contribute a $250 + GST fee towards exhibition production. Exhibitors will be required to freight or deliver their works to and from ADC, and be available for installation as necessary.


The exhibition will present the shortlisted designs across lighting, furniture and objects, with a full program of events and a select number of awards for presentation.

Applicant categories include:

Emerging designers – under five years of practice

Established designers – over five years of practice.

A number of awards for various categories will be presented including:

Emerging Design Award

Established Design Award

Workshopped Award

People’s Choice Award

More information: Contact Fiona Pulford  or (02) 93614555

Image: BroCrock


About WORKSHOPPED and Australian Design Centre

Launched in 2001, this exhibition was the very first awards program focusing on furniture, lighting and object design in Australia. Started by a group of friends, with only five designers exhibiting, this small but dedicated team grew WORKSHOPPED into large scale annual events held in various locations in Sydney. 

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. 

Australian Design Centre is thrilled to present this anniversary edition of WORKSHOPPED. ADC has a long relationship with WORKSHOPPED, including the ADC on Tour exhibition, Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design (2014 – 2017). This exhibition allowed audiences to experience the process of design through the stories of 12 designers.

Over the past 20 years WORKSHOPPED has exhibited the work of more than 500 designers to reach over 600,000 people. Much of the value of exhibiting with WORKSHOPPED is connecting to this large network.

Australian Design Centre link