Improving IP protections for Australian designers

In March 2022, several improvements to the design system will come into effect. Most significantly, a 12-month grace period has been introduced to ensure designers can register their designs after inadvertently disclosing them.

Protect Your Family From Toppling Furniture – A Best Practice Guide

Children like climbing on things, especially if there is something attractive up high. Household furniture like bookshelves, wardrobes, storage and entertainment units can be attractive to climb. So too is furniture such as tallboys or home office filing cabinets,...

Last Chance To Enter International Pinnacle Awards 2019

Entries into the 2019 ACE Awards©  have been granted direct entry into the 2019 USA International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) Pinnacle Awards® (*criteria applies). Judged by a panel of International adjudicators, including AFA CEO, Patrizia Torelli, the...

Easden Design Boardroom Table

A Roundtable for the Ages Back in 1998, the Australian Furniture Association, was governed by a council of twenty from across the nation. At the heart of the Council Meetings was a one of a kind designer Boardroom Table fit for the Knights of the Roundtable. The table...

2019 ACE Design Award Nominations Now Open

The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) has launched the 2019 Australian Contemporary Emerging Design Awards (ACE). The official launch was held in the magnificent showrooms of Catapult Design Sydney. The spectacular space that showcases the very best of current...

NO. YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER. 

But we’d love to have you. More and more, the AFA receives calls on a whole range of topics, but mostly from stakeholders seeking help or advice, usually related to a business crisis. Increasingly the caller has assumed they are an AFA Member, when they are not. What...

Catapulting Designers into Global Furnishing markets

The AFA is delighted to welcome New Members, Catapult Design, a crew that is passionate about the very best in furniture and lighting. Catapult joins Australia’s most dynamic furnishing companies such as Zenith Interiors, Jardan, King Living and UCI as AFA Member...

Be Specified! How to get your furnishing products into major projects.

In this first instalment, architect and designer, Jonathan Muller, shares his expertise on how to increase your turnover of locally designed and constructed furniture tenfold…..Or even more! You don’t do it by clinging to an outdated business model where powerful...

Be Specified! How to get your furnishing products into major projects

PART 1 In this first instalment, architect and designer, Jonathan Muller, shares his expertise on how to increase your turnover of locally designed and constructed furniture tenfold…..Or even more! You don’t do it by clinging to an outdated business model where...

AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS OFFERED INTERNATIONAL AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

The American Society of Furniture Designers has extended an invitation via the Australasian Furnishing Association to Australia’s furniture design community to enter the global Pinnacle Awards®. The Awards are intended to celebrate designs that are produced in large...

AFA ANNOUNCES CHAIR OF NEW NATIONAL REGULATORY COMMITTEE

The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) has announced the appointment of Parveen Akther, as Chair of the newly established AFA Regulatory Committee (AFARC). The AFA Regulatory Committee brings together likeminded member representatives, with specialist technical...

OWNING IT – CREATIVES GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT

Not a legal book in the usual sense, renowned Australian intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni explains in ‘plain English’ how the law applies to businesses. With a dedicated chapter to furniture designers covering design and copyright protection,...

FURNITURE SUPPLIERS BEWARE! THE HIDDEN TRAPS IN CONTRACT TERMS

BEWARE OF TRAPS IN TRADING TERMS There is a major industry issue faced by many furniture suppliers. Some larger furniture retailers have snuck some clauses into their trading terms which are disadvantageous to suppliers, particularly when it comes to protecting your...

FIRST OF SERIES OF WORKSHOPS TO BE HELD IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) has announced a national alliance with Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) to assist its nationwide membership to build workplace capability using the Australian apprenticeships program. CEO of AFA Patrizia Torelli said...