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Temple & Webster’s Emerging Designer Award 2015

Thrive’s Sydney agency team had the privilege of working on this great initiative for Temple & Webster for the second year running…not such a hard gig, working with some of the best designers in the country!

Temple & Webster, Australia’s leading members-only online destination dedicated to the home, celebrated the design, innovation and craftsmanship of ten of the country’s most exciting emerging furniture and homewares designers, with the third year of the Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award in July 2015.

Australians with a passion for interiors and beautiful homewares had the opportunity to vote for their favourite emerging designers and shop their unique pieces when the event kicked off on Thursday 16th July at

Launched in 2013 to support and recognise new talent and increase the profile of some of Australia’s best up-and-coming furniture and interiors product designers, the Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award has established itself as a reputable and respected initiative for the design community.

Karen McCartney, Editorial Director at Temple & Webster said: “This prestigious award is a great opportunity for emerging designers to kick-start their career and showcase their work and talent to Temple & Webster’s Australia-wide audience of over one million members. It is also very important to our team as it enables us to support local Australian design talent, whilst giving the public access to beautiful and unique products.”

Since taking out the award in 2014, Edward Linacre and Viktor Legin of Copper, have gone on to grow their business to include international distribution and a wider product range. They also launched a new range on the international stage in Milan and received third prize in the prestigious Salone Satellite Awards.

This year’s ten nominated Australian designers were a mix of emerging talent from a range of categories and materials, and were selected from across Australia by an independent panel of leading influencers from the Australian design community.

The 2015 finalists included: Stephen Roy, Nicholas Fuller, Alison Jackson, Jack Frost, Andrew Southwood-Jones and Alexander Kashin of DAAST; Kenny Yong-soo Son of StudioKyss; Elliot Gorham of Noddy Boffin; Chris Gilbert, Chris Haddad and Josh FitzGerald of Archier Studio; Rowan Turnham and Matthew Harding; and Hugh Altschwager of Inkster Maken.

The expert judging panel included; David Clark, author and former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Living; Andrea Duvall, homes editor at Sunday Life; David Harrison, design commentator and founder of Design Daily; and Karen McCartney, Editorial Director at Temple & Webster and renowned author.

The winner was announced on Thursday 30 July, with design duo Andrew Southwood-Jones and Alexander Kashin of DAAST, receiving a major cash prize of $5,000. The People’s Choice Award went to Nicholas Fuller.

Temple & Webster CEO Brian Shanahan commented: “Each of the shortlisted nominees are given a great opportunity for exposure through the Temple & Webster platform. We also help mentor the designers with advice from our experienced merchandise and marketing teams, to support these local emerging talents as they launch and build their brands”.

See more of the great exposure the Award received here, here and here.

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