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

WORKSHOPPED and Australian Design Centre 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 – 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.

DIGITAL EXHIBITION  20 July – 18 August 2021


WORKSHOPPED21 opens at Australian Design Centre on 15 July. This longstanding and highly acclaimed design exhibition takes a step into the future contemplating the big issues – the environment, sustainability, health, wellbeing and circular economies.

Responding to this brief, 2021 shortlisted works consider the Australian design identity, circular design principles, bioplastics, salvaged and waste materials, space saving, multifunction and accessible design.


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.


Emerging Design Award – $500

Established Design Award – $500
Sustainability Award – $500
People’s Choice Award – $500
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

Workshopped are proud of all the designers and manufacturers who didn’t hesitate to support this new group of emerging Australian designers with a substantial array of products for the People’s Choice Award. This brings some light onto a fairly dark period in the design industry, encouraging new Australian designer excellence to shine forth and to continue with their endeavours to become design stars in their own right. Please support the designers by taking the time to vote for their work and to pass the opportunity on to friends and family.

Thank to Adam Cornish, Aeratron, Artifex, Coco Flip, Copper Design, David Pidcock, lifespacejourney, MR.FRÄG, Tide Design, Dessien Design, Elisa Bartels, Fink Design, JamFactory, Marz Design, Made By Pen, Vincent Buret⁠

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