Melbourne 2022 Australia's Next Top Designers Finalists

Shining a spotlight on emerging designers, makers and creatives, Australia’s Next Top Designers Showcase curates an arrange of breakthrough products and concepts shaping the future of design.

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Duncan Young/Noah Hartley
Jam Factory

GT2 Table is a union between the two distinct material driven practices of Noah Hartley and Duncan Young. Reflecting on their own craft focused backgrounds, they were motivated to develop a new body of work through inhabiting each other’s studios. GT2 Table highlights the natural contrast between cast glass and timber.

Stevi Thomas
bystevi.com.au
Tactile Arts

Beautifully bold and stylish homewares to elevate and add personality to any spaces. From organic looking shapes with a sophisticated matte finish to clean structured pieces with a high gloss finish. This series from By Stevi consists of large/raised fruit bowls, 1-2 vase styles, candles holders, coasters and some other décor pieces.

Jack Osborn

Tactile Arts

The Elementary collection is crafted from victorian ash and available in blue stain or whitened oil. Acting as an in between space of isolation and accessibility, the Elementary Chair uses simple forms to house those who sit within while providing an unhindered frame for conversation.

Ikuntji Artists
Mavis Nampitjinpa Marks, Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon, Eunice Napanangka Jack, Mitjili Napurrula, Keturah Zimran, Leonie Kamutu, Lisa Multa

Tactile Arts

Brooke Zheng
brookezhangstudio.com

Workshopped

The Hoop Stool is inspired by a versatile long oval shape that we see replicated in our everyday lives. By emphasising and exaggerating the armrest of the stool and paring with the thin and discrete metal structure, Hoop Stool displays playfulness and tidy design in harmony.

Leon Curtis
Workshopped

The design combined an ancient Egyptian herringbone pattern, known for its durability, with a traditional Japanese joinery technique, known for its aesthetic appearance. The cabinets aesthetic combines traditional furniture production with a Japanese and Scandinavian twist.

Marika Svikis
svikis.com
Workshopped

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a surge in people spending more time at home – living, working and socialising – Marika Svikis’ objective was to design a lamp that used colour and materiality in an innovative way. It needed to make a statement in any space and delight people, whilst also being sustainable and adaptable into the future as style or spaces changed.

Matthew Harkness
mharkness.com
Workshopped

Speckled Side Table is produced using recycled polylactic acid 3D printer waste. Typically, one makerspace produces enough 3D printer waste to create a ‘Speckle Side Table’ within four weeks, and recycling this material diverts approximately two kilograms of PLA waste from landfill. Once material is recovered it is sorted by color, washed, and shredded. No two tables are entirely alike.

Robert Shwartz
schwartzglass.com
Workshopped

Robert wanted to create something that would amplify the experience at the core of most social gatherings, sharing food. The Over/Under Platter allows a host to pick its use depending on what they want to serve, or elevate food above the other surrounding tableware. Multifunction is the core innovation of this product and what sets it aside from other tableware.

Louis Grant
louisgrantcreative.com
Craft ACT

From the series Breakable Heaven, I have developed my material voice and understanding of how I create using glass as a medium, mainly delving into the idea of glass being queer. Glass is scientifically an amorphous solid, it is another state of matter that is neither liquid nor solid. From my perspective, this makes glass non-binary; QUEER.

Madeline Cardone
Craft ACT

This collection of ceramic objects focuses on form, feel and function.
The objects are slip cast in black earthenware, which are individually hand finished and internally glazed. The exterior is left unglazed to emphasise the material’s inherent tactility. The surface is instead protected by the food safe silica sealant Liquid Quartz©.

Maitlan Brown
Craft ACT

The Articular chaise is the result of an exploration into the possibilities of sustainable, large-scale 3d Printing. The work is produced through leveraging 6-axis industrial robot arm fitted with prototype plastic extruder.
The form is in-part driven by the constraints of this new printing methodology. The geometric freedoms of the printing method have enabled the sculptural form of the chaise, not possible through traditional moulding processes.

Sam Sheppard
hopmansfurniture.com
Craft ACT

These bedsides aim to create a perception of complete softness in a rigid material, to complement the soft furnishings of the bedroom. Drawing on tradition sculptural and wood-carving, techniques and modernising their application. The curve of the drawer is finished by hand to ensure perfect tactile consistency.

Jessie French
other-matter.com
Craft VIC

Large-scale algae-based bioplastic sheets suitable for interior fitout which are entirely organic and completely recyclable. Prototypes of algae-based bioplastic applied as a painted finish on timber.

Danielle Thiris
dannypistachio.com
Craft VIC

Danielle Thiris presents a collection of ceramic vessels referencing elements of prehistoric and ritual objects. Intrigued by pots featuring multiple vessel components, Thiris seeks to understand how these historic objects were made, what they were used for, and how and why they were co-joined? Through this body of work, Thiris reflects on universal themes of connection and togetherness and her dual Greek and Cypriot heritage.

Ella Reweti
ellareweti.com
Craft VIC

A range of pieces from the Tilde collection including vases, planters and tableware. These pieces each share the corrugated profile that speaks to the Australian industrial and agricultural vernacular, and find individuality in their palettes and finishes. I am also excited to launch a range of lighting at Interiors Australia that will also be a part of this collection.

Ayano Yoshizumi
ayanoyoshizumi.com
Jam Factory

Stack Planter aims to push the boundaries of handmade glass production in contemporary interior design. The planter design utilises bold colours and shapes within its combination form of planter and saucer; allowing for unique combinations to complement any interior palette. Stack Planter is created through ethical small-batch practices.

Francesca Sykes
francescasykes.com
Jam Factory

The Hey Neighbour Armchair is an easy-to-clean and welcoming place to sit, rest and relax. The bold, organic curves offer a comfortable seating experience within a minimalist form. The oversize steel backrest can be upholstered with a removable padded cover that zips over the frame.

David Liu
davidliufurniture.com
Jam Factory

This work investigated the transformation of forms and its meanings. In the pandemic context, the division of the world became unprecedented among races, countries, ideologies. This work is to communicate the conflicts and division of the people, groups and society and raise the awareness of the hardship to survive the chaos.