Locally created Australian products command a greater currency than ever before – with our designers now engaged in a record number of home-grown projects!

Join us as we unpack why investing in Australian design is good for all of us; and why we must value the commitment and ingenuity of the creators, brands and distributors of these new indoor / outdoor collections; future classics that enhance the spaces where we live, work and play.

Seam by Adam Cornish for TAIT


for DESIGN Canberra Festival 2018

designcraft presents


HOME.GROWN. // Discovering Australian Design

Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum and Christina Bricknell

in conversation with ADA® director Anne-Maree Sargeant


WHEN // Saturday November 10th – 10.00am for 11.30am

WHERE // designcraft showroom (15 minutes from Canberra CBD by Uber)


Hospitality and refreshments provided, and have the chance to win an original piece of designer furniture!


INTRODUCED by designcraft founder Bob Fenderson

Supported by TAIT & Cult / NAU

Adam Goodrum and Adam Cornish have designed award-winning collections for Melbourne based family owned brand Tait; and NAU – the freshly minted Australian-designed brand from vanguard retail network CULT.

Joined by Canberra native Christina Bricknell, an early career furniture designer selected for a special project by JP Finsbury Bespoke Joinery that launched in Sydney at Design.Made – the trio are in conversation with ADA® director and design journalist Anne-Maree Sargeant.

ADA Panel for Design Canberra Festival



A firm believer that every environment is defined by the objects within it, Adam Goodrum designs with the philosophy that an object must therefore justify its existence – through its story and detailing. For this reason, his designs celebrate process and craftsmanship, and accentuate components and joinery to create functional pieces with spirit and personality.

In recent years, Goodrum’s work has been awarded a host of design accolades including the NGV Rigg Prize, Vogue x Alessi Design Prize , Indesign Luminary Award and the Idea Awards Editor’s Medal. He has also been commissioned to design pieces for several global luxury brands including Veuve Clicquot, Alessi and Cappellini. Locally Adam designs for many brands including NAU (Cult) and TAIT. // @adamgoodrumstudio


ADAM CORNISH (Melbourne)

The scope of Adam Cornish’s work includes an impressive range of design disciplines, from furniture and household innovation, to commercial and residential installations. Cornish’s interest in design stems from his curiosity into the ‘how’; how things are made, how they perform and how they will endure the test of time.

After studying Industrial Design at the University of Technology Sydney and Furniture Design at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Cornish is now based in Melbourne, with products represented by luxury Italian brand Alessi, and locally he has designed collections for TAIT and NAU (Cult). // @adamcornishdesign


CHRISTINA BRICKNELL (Canberra / Melbourne)

Christina Bricknell is a furniture designer and maker whose work investigates the potentials and capabilities of a variety of materials. Her ongoing exploration of human interactions with an object is a foundation of which she builds her work.

Through experimenting with the boundaries and limitations placed on the materials she uses, she creates playful and tactile pieces to bring a light-hearted energy into a space. After studying and living in Canberra, Christina launched ‘Olio’ in collaboration with JP Finsbury Bespoke Joiners at DESIGN-MADE. in Sydney last October, and has now relocated to Melbourne. // @christinabricknell

OOLIO by Christina Bricknell


Anne-Maree Sargeant (AMS) //AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE, director (Sydney)

Former editor-at-large of Belle Magazine, AMS curates content and produces events for public and industry exhibitions and speaker series; and has attended global design fairs since 1987 as journalist, buyer, keynote speaker, design advocate and curator.

As director of the AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE, an association committed to outlawing counterfeit / knock-off designer furniture in Australia, AMS promotes original design products and design history and the value of investing in the future of our thriving creative industries. // // @authenticdesign_aus



NAU is a contemporary Australian design brand founded in 2017 by Richard Munao, the founder and director of Cult – Australia and New Zealand’s leading design destination with an exclusive portfolio of 35+ of the best international furniture and lighting brands, such as Fritz Hansen, Louis Poulsen, HAY, Carl Henson, Cappellini and Poltrona Frau.

Born out of the ambition to promote Australian creativity to the world, NAU offers a collection of furniture and lighting by a collective of Australia’s leading designers, including Adam Goodrum, Tom Fereday, Kate Stokes, Adam Cornish, Jack Flanagan and Gavin Harris. Producing designs suitable for residential and commercial spaces, from elegant lounge furniture to modular shelving with endless possibilities, the NAU collection is reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style.

CULT and NAU are proudly AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE // Platinum Members // @nau_design



Tait was founded by husband and wife, Gordon and Susan Tait in 1992, started in a small factory in Melbourne. Gordon, a sheet metal craftsman, and Susan, a creative textile designer, noticed an absence for well-designed, well-made outdoor products – both reflective of Australia’s enviable outdoor lifestyle and built to withstand the harsh Australian elements.

Collaborating with a legion of Australia’s most influential and prominent design talent, including, Adam Goodrum, Justin Hutchinson, Trent Jansen and Adam Cornish; Tait have produced a number of iconic collections, renowned for their originality, functional design and longevity. Tait’s products encourage new ways of thinking about how we live outdoors.

TAIT proudly supports the AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE // Gold Member // @madebytait


Designcraft showroomABOUT DESIGNCRAFT

Designcraft is Canberra’s leading furniture company dedicated to exceptionally high quality commercial and residential fit out projects. Committed to authentic and original design – not cheap imitations – designcraft has been family owned and run for 24 years, and exclusively represents products by heritage brands that will last a lifetime.

Contemporary collections by leading Australian and international designers and brands, include; Adam Goodrum, Adam Cornish, Anglepoise, Carl Hansen & Son, Fritz Hansen, Gubi, HAY, Herman Miller, Louis Poulsen, NAU, Tait, Walter Knoll, and many more.

designcraft proudly supports the AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE // Silver Member // @__designcraft__

AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE logo registered trade mark


AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE is an independent, member-funded platform rallying to stop design theft in Australia. Our thriving furnishing sector suffers immeasurable damage due to design theft from replica furniture and knock-offs.

The ADA® exists to support and promote the creators, makers, manufacturers, distributors and retails of genuine and original furniture, lighting and designed-objects.

Support the ADA® – become a member today JOIN here // or HERE (if on phone or tablet) // @authenticdesign_aus



Held annually for three weeks in November, CRAFT ACT x DESIGN CANBERRA host 100 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes showcase DESIGN Canberra, transforming the nation’s capital into a new platform for design and experimentation.

The ADA® presented a panel talk at the 2017 National Design Writers forum headlined by celebrated design author and critic Alice Rawsthorn, and joins CDF again in 2018. // @designcanberrafestival


WHO SHOULD ATTEND // Saturday Event – Open to Public

Design lovers + supporters of original design – please see our

Building Industry professionals – Interior designers / architects – please see our Friday evening event (strictly invitation only) – please contact us for more information.



  1. SEAM outdoor by Adam Cornish for Taiy
  2. ARAN Sofa, MALLOY tables by Adam Goodrum // STRAND chairs by Adam Cornish for NAU
  3. OLIO by Christina Bricknell in collaboration with JP FINSBURY Bespoke Joiners
  4. designcraft showroom, corner Shepherd street x Monaro Hwy, HUME (Canberra ACT)



Cult NAU – Photography Sean Fennessey + Mike Baker

Tait – Photography Haydn Cattach

Christina Bricknell – Fiona Susanto (DESIGN-MADE.) // Portrait by Sean Davey


FRIDAY November 9th // Industry Professional even (strictly invitation only)

SATURDAY November 10th // Public event 10.30 am for 11.00am

TICKETS HERE // FREE TO ATTEND (limit 2 tickets per booking) RSVP here

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