Online homewares retailer Temple & Webster today launched ‘We ♥ Australian Design’ week to find the next Marc Newson
It’s all about supporting local talent and finding the next international design stars. This week, their sale events will showcase products created by the 10 up and coming designers nominated in its Emerging Designer Award, for which voting closes on Australia Day. The winner, who will be selected from the top 3 finalists by a panel of industry experts, will receive a $5,000 cash prize.
“The rest of the world has already realised the creative talent we have in Australia,” says co-founder Adam McWhinney. “Several of these designers have exhibited their work internationally, including at the London Design Festival, the Milan Fair and Dwell on Design in LA. Temple & Webster wants to make them household names in Australia. We’re incredibly proud to support the future of Australia’s design heritage in this way.”
Ash Allen, a Victorian-based designer featured this week, and an Emerging Designer Award nominee, says: “The opportunity to sell my work through Temple & Webster has sharpened my focus. Designing is a buzz but to make a living off it requires more effort and a few lucky breaks. This opportunity is just what I needed to get my start-up business off and running.”
As part of the week, Temple & Webster will also hold sale events featuring established local brands like rug company Cadrys, furniture and product designer Helen Kontouris, textile house Utopia Goods, Melbourne botanicals brand Leif, bed linen by stylist Shannon Fricke and cushions by Sydney family business, Sparkk.
Temple & Webster’s head of buying Caroline Walsh, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with such creative and wonderful people.”
The Emerging Designer Award sale event is on now here.