Australian Luminary


The 687 submissions received for the INDE.Awards 2021 demonstrated the accolades’ prestige and the diversity of the design scene in the Indo-Pacific region. Just like the previous year, Wilkhahn was one of the sponsors of this design prize, which is known outside the region too. A distinguished panel of judges has now chosen the winners in a total of 15 categories.

The Luminary category, sponsored by Wilkhahn, honors a particularly well-deserving leading light from the region. Penelope Forlano, who is based in Perth, Australia, fought off the two male rivals to win the prize. She focuses on experimental projects that she initiates herself. In her Forlano Design Studio, she’s spent years combining academic research with progressive craftsmanship, which has already won her a whole host of academic, teaching and design-practice awards. In her 2018 dissertation, Penelope Forlano conducted research into emotional and psychological consumption practices, an issue that she feels very drawn to.

Penelope Forlano, winner in The Luminary category of the INDE.Awards 2021. Photo: David Broadway

Wilkhahn would like to congratulate Penelope Forlano, but also all other well-deserved winners of the INDE.Awards 2021.

We’re particularly delighted that Woven Image won The Object category because a very attractive setting with Intra chairs and an Occo table features on one of the three pictures.

The Embossed Acoustic Panel Collection by Woven Image (Australia) is the winner in The Object category. Photo: Woven Image Australia

Further information

Click here to find out more about the INDE.Awards, the top design prize in the Indo-Pacific region.

You can find the tribute to Penelope Forlano and her work here.

You can watch the film of the digital awards ceremony on August 5, 2021 here.


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