VIVID DESIGN COMPETITION 2021 I Entries now open (closing May 2)

Calling early-career furniture, lighting, and object designers!

Entries are now open for vivid design competition 2021 // Entries close May 2nd.

Open to professional designers who have been practicing for less than 5 years, and current students at Australian tertiary institutions.

For the sixth year, we are proud to support the 18th edition of vivid, Australia’s most prominent springboard for emerging furnishing & object designers who are seeking industry connections, recognition, and importantly, exposure and feedback.

Curated and produced by Daniel Dalla Riva from design agency Latitude, an exhibition of work by all finalists will be held in conjunction with Decor+Design, in Melbourne this July.

As an event sponsor, the AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE® Award of Merit will be presented for innovation and originality.

Fred Table & Flea Chair by Adam Markowitz, Photography Ben Clement

Fred Table & Flea Chair by Adam Markowitz, Photography Ben Clement

The platform is renowned for unearthing the next crop of Australian furniture, lighting, and object designers. Previous winners include Lab de Stu (Dale Hardiman, Adam Lynch AKA Dowel Jones with Andre Hnatojko one-half of LAAL design studio) and Adam Markowitz, Markowitz Design.

Check out last year’s winners here

Read more about vivid 2020 finalists here // follow @vividdesigncomp

Marino Made, recipient of the AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE® Award of Merit 2018 for his outstanding craftsmanship

Marino Made, recipient of the AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE® Award of Merit 2018 for his outstanding craftsmanship. As an industrial designer and self-taught designer-maker, Marinos’ studio is based in Melbourne. IMAGE Authentic Design Alliance

VIVID attracts more than 12,000 interior design professionals, retail buyers, industry heavyweights, and of course media.

This year’s vivid event is supported by design industry leaders that include Laminex, Architecture Media, Artichoke Magazine, Rakumba, Houzz, Authentic Design Alliance®, and the Design Institute of Australia.

Award categories include market-ready products, prototypes, and concept designs for furniture, lighting & objects. Entry is open to professional designers who have been practicing for 5 years or less, and tertiary design students.

The judging panel features prominent and respected figures from across our design industry, ensuring that a robust and thorough judging process upholds the vivid comp legacy.

Authentic Design Alliance Award of merit vivid design comp IGNEOUS James Walsh

James Walsh and Ash Allen took the ADA® Award of Merit for the IGNEOUS wall sconce. Fabricated from Bluestone waste, a material local to their factory, developed a uniquely Australian material. IMAGE Authentic Design Alliance

Key Dates:

Applications Close //2nd May 2021
Shortlist Announced // 17th May 2021
Finalists Announced // 4th June 2021
Live Judging & Award Presentation // 15th July 2021 (on-site at the vivid finalist exhibition)

Finalist exhibition // Decor+Design, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 15th-18th July 2021

A lucrative prize pool includes cash prizes and coveted opportunities that can include valuable media exposure, essential industry feedback, and networking opportunities, along with pivitol connections with buyers and manufacturers, and educational programs.

vivid design competition


VIVID is open to products that are designed and made in Australia, and are less than 18-months old. Judging will be determined on the following criteria.

  • Innovative
  • Of the highest professional manufacturing standard and finish
  • Apply sustainable design principles and materials
  • Full-size products
  • Products must be no larger than 2m wide and 2m deep
  • Lighting and other designs, if powered, products must have test and tag certification to be exhibited and have a minimum 1.2 flex cord (3m preferred) with a household plug


VIVID is open to full or part-time design students currently enrolled in an Australian tertiary design course or professional designers who have been in business for less than five years.

Current residents of Australia

Designers who are willing to personally attend and freight their product to Australia’s premier interiors event, Decor + Design in Melbourne, 15th – 18th July 2021.


SUMMIT table by Indy Wilson, recipient of furniture category vivid 2020. IMAGE vivid design competition


Furniture Design and Lighting Design Categories

Market ready furniture products designed for the built environment including chairs, stools, tables, cabinets, shelves, screens, beds, sofas, floor standing coat racks, side tables, coffee tables, and storage units

  • Finished products
  • New release; products no older than 18 months
  • Products may have been previously shown in the Australian Market
  • Must be for sale and ready in small or large production runs

Object Design

Market ready functional and/or decorative products and accessories designed for the built environment including but not limited to textiles, mirrors, bowls, plates and platters, bottle openers, vases and vessels, utensils, stationery, and stationery holders, candelabra, umbrella, hat, and coat hooks, clocks, salt, and pepper grinders, graters, wall art/sculpture, wastebasket or bin, bookends, etc.

  • Finished products
  • New release; products no older than 18-months
  • Products may have been previously
  • shown in the Australian Market
  • Must be for sale and ready in small or large production runs

DRIPPING WATER by Karen Tsui (EXlab) winner of object design category vivid 2020, also received an honorary mention in the AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE® Award category. IMAGE vivid design competition

Concept Design

Includes all details above.

Debut designs and products must not be older than 12 months and not be previously exhibited in Australia.

Colour Award

Judged by industry figureheads in colour and trend forecasting, the 2021 VIVID Colour Award will recognise and reward Australia’s emerging furniture, lighting, and object designers for their imaginative use of colour.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this award your design may be either a Finished Product that is market-ready and/or has been for sale for no longer than 18 months or a Concept presented as a prototype or finished product created within the last 12 months.

Judges Choice Award

The winners of the Furniture, Lighting, Concept, Object, and Colour Award categories will automatically be in the running for the pinnacle award of VIVID 2021 – the Judges Choice Award, presented by Laminex. The winner will be selected by the judging panel and announced at the Awards Presentation.


Authentic Design Alliance is a member-based education platform supporting original design products, committed to eradicating ‘design theft,’ and advocating for improved Intellectual Property (IP) protection for Australian design practitioners, aligned to the EU.

Authentic Design Alliance is committed to promoting innovation for original furnishing designs.

To encourage and applaud new methods of fabrication, materiality, user-functionality, and design forms that retain relevance, the ADA® Award of Merit has been created to recognise design innovation and excellence.

vivid design competition 2021

vivid design competition 2021

FOLLOW // @vividdesigncomp


ENTER //  Enter here

VISIT // Vivid Design Competition exhibition at Decor+Design, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank – 15-18th July 2021

Learn more about the ADA and our work – or have questions? Drop us a line!

Related Posts
  1. Christine MacDonald
    May 31, 2021

    I am new to innovative design and have recently completed a lighting design and thought I would look up any forum that allows you to present or display your design . I came across vivid design competition only to see I had missed the date .. is there any chance I can attend or have my design in this competition and if not could you please send me the dates of when the next one might be .. would be extremely grateful .. sincerely Chris MacDonald 0418 888 151

  2. Jeremy Lee
    June 2, 2021


    I know its super late but is there any chance of super late design submissions for the furniture design section of the vivid design competition? Being an Australian designer programs like these are super helpful in boosting awareness and support for my work. I would love the opportunity to apply and apologize for the delayed interest – small business plus four young kids to blame haha.. Totally understand if its not possible but wanted to try anyway.

    Thanks for your time

Leave a reply