Nami, by Tom Fereday for nau. Image by Tom Fereday

Objects of desire – The Object category shortlist

  •   26 July 2022

Objects populate our everyday, from the chair that we sit on to the vase on the table and everything in between. The products in the shortlist of The Object category for the 2022 INDE.Awards have all been crafted by expert designers and created to enhance our lives but there is much more besides the obvious use and decoration.

While there is excellent form and function within the objects of the shortlist, each is singular for innovation, environmental considerations and fine resolution.

This year, the shortlist contains a variety of chairs and sofas, tables, lighting and accessories that break the usual mould to redefine style and utility. Sustainability practice is integral within the designs and thinking, and each object has been made to stand the test of time, to be handed down to future generations.

Original thinking informs the way that each of the 12 products have been created, and in many cases, the latest technology informs the manufacturing processes. While the handmade, artisanal object is also on show, the thinking behind all designs is layered and in-depth, encapsulating best practice from all perspectives.

Of course, beauty is inherent with the shortlisted objects and whether curved or linear, textured or smooth each would enhance a space or a place. Authentic materials, timber in particular, but glass, bronze or fabric all add to the allure of a form to become a celebration of something special.

The winners of the INDE.Awards categories including The Object will be announced at the gala party in Melbourne on 4 August. We look forward to celebrating great design with you and applauding the incredible talent that resides within the Indo-Pacific region.


The Object

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DOCK Seating Bench & Side Table, by Formacy. Image by Martin Cedes

DOCK Seating Bench & Side Table

Fjord Table, by Helen Kontouris. Image by Len Studio

Fjord Table
Helen Kontouris

Maki Chair, by Adam Cornish Design for Cantarutti. Image by Mattia Balsamini

Maki Chair
Adam Cornish Design for Cantarutti

Mega Tulip, by Adam Goodrum for nau. Image by Fiona Susanto

Mega Tulip
Adam Goodrum for nau

Mochi, by Derlot Group. Image by Alexander Lotersztain

Derlot Group

Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn with artist Harriet Schwarzrock and Canberra Glassworks

Nami, by Tom Fereday for nau. Image by Tom Fereday

Tom Fereday for nau

Second Life #2, by Eugenie Kawabata. Image by Adrian Lander

Second Life #2
Eugenie Kawabata

SSCC22, by Chris Connell Design. Image by Earl Carter

Chris Connell Design

The Chandelion: 3D Printed Upcycled Chandelier for Chanel Sustainability, by AirLab SUTD. Image by Fabian Ong

The Chandelion: 3D Printed Upcycled Chandelier for Chanel Sustainability

Zappa, by Barbera. Image by Paul Barbera


Zephyr Lounger, by Charles Wilson for Tait
Australia. Images by Dave Kulesza

Zephyr Lounger
Charles Wilson for Tait


The INDE.Awards will be announced at the annual Gala ceremony on Thursday August 4th. Register now to join the live stream.


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