Presented in collaboration with Workshopped

Design Show Australia plays host to Australia’s Next Top Designer, shinning a spotlight on those leading the next generation of design.

We’re looking for emerging designers, makers and creatives, that have breakthrough products and concepts shaping the future of design.

This showcase and competition is a platform to generate maximum exposure for new designers, while celebrating sustainable and innovative design.

Australia's premier event for Interiors, Architecture & Fitout

20-22 October 2022, ICC Sydney

Design Show Australia is the proven and trusted trade event – bringing premium brands, manufacturers and suppliers together with designers, specifiers and buyers working across commercial, workplace, retail, hospitality, multi-res and residential interiors.

Gain maximum exposure and generate new connections

This annual trade event is the ultimate platform to showcase your work to thousands of architecture, design and built environment professionals, plus media, retailers and manufacturers.

In addition, gain pre and post event exposure nationally via the Design Show Australia year-round marketing campaign.

Successful applicants (finalists) will need to pay $350 to secure their spot, and need to organise freight and logistics.

Editors Choice Awards

Editors Choice Awards celebrates a wide range of products on exhibit at Design Show Australia. The awards are assessed on product quality, sustainability and product innovation; and are judged by Australia’s leading design editors.

Australia’s Next Top Designer Showcase has three award categories:

    • Australia’s Next Top Designer: Furniture
    • Australia’s Next Top Designer: Lighting
    • Australia’s Next Top Designer: Objects/Art

Stephen Todd, Creative Director for Sydney Design Week and Design Editor for Australian Financial Review, will be the adjudicator for Australia’s Next Top Designers Showcase.

Criteria and Eligibility

Australia’s Next Top Designers Showcase is open to early stage and emerging designers to submit a product or series. Submissions can include conceptual designs on the priviso that they will be made for the event if the application is successful in becoming a finalist

Categories for applicants include:

    • New – Studying
    • Emerging – up to 5 years in practice

Categories represented include:

    • Product: furniture & lighting
    • Object + Art: object, accessories, textile, art & ceramics

Product must not display elsewhere in the show, and product must be produced within the last 12 months.

What finalists receive:

  • Opportunity to be named Australia’s Next Top Designer
  • Space within the showcase area to display product/series
  • Free three day access to the event, speaker series and award ceremony
  • Opportunity to utilise a data capture device to generate contact details of attendees interested in their product (additional fee)
  • Inclusion in printed event magazine
  • Inclusion in digital event magazine
  • Onsite branding and recognition of yourself and your product
  • Social media awareness and recognition
  • Media exposure through media attendance at the show and Editors Choice Awards jurors

Australia’s Next Top Designers is presented in collaboration with WORKSHOPPED

WORKSHOPPED is innovative Australian company that exhibits, manufactures and retails Australian and New Zealand design products, to commercial and residential markets. WORKSHOPPED exhibition has presented the work of over 450 Australian designers through 21 exhibitions and been viewed by over 750,000 people. The exhibition and retail store is a platform for emerging and established product, furniture and lighting designers.

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Apply to Enter

Entries can be conceptual designs. If successful, you will have 3 months from confirmation to the show to bring your entries to life.
If you have any further questions about ANTD, please contact Raymond

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Help us best display your submission

  • June 27 - Submissions Deadline
  • July 18 - Confirmation of successful submissions
  • TBC - Operational documents completed
  • October 18-19, 2022 - Event Bump In
  • October 20 - 22 - Design Show Australia
  • October 20 - Editors Choice Awards Ceremony (5:30pm)