Awards & Sponsorships

Since our inception over 20 years ago, Cult have proudly supported numerous industry awards programs which recognise emerging talent and celebrate the success and accomplishments of established designers in the Australian and Indo-Pacific design industry.

Our past sponsorships have included the INDE Awards, Mercedes-Benz Design Awards, The Design Files Design Awards, the NAWIC IWD Scholarship, Houses and IDEA awards.

We are proud to have also launched our own initiatives which foster and cultivate our local industry. Design Journey, which began in 2004, is a mentorship competition that offers a budding designer the opportunity to have their design manufactured and sold by Cult. A decade later, in 2013, we launched Chairity, an annual project which calls on a series of established designers to reimagine a design classic. The reimagined piece is then sold at auction, with all money raised donated to charity.

We are also a proud member of the Authentic Design Alliance, an advocacy group that exists to promote the value of original furniture, lighting and designed objects, with the ultimate aim to end the production of replica furniture. Find out more about ADA and help to stop design theft here.

2020 Sponsorships.

2019 NAWIC IWD Scholarship winner


2019 NAWIC IWD Scholarship winner Dr Fiona Lamari

NAWIC International Women’s Day Scholarship.

For the past 10 years, Cult has proudly supported the National Association of Women in Construction through sponsorship of their annual International Women’s Day scholarship – one of the most significant programs of its kind for female professionals working in the construction industry. This $20,000 scholarship enables NAWIC members the opportunity to carry out research on a topic or initiative that will benefit and empower women in the design and construction industry.

Find our more or apply for the 2020 NAWIC IWD Scholarship.

Australian House of the Year 2019


Australian House of the Year 2019 – Daylesford Longhouse By Partners Hill. Photography by Rory Gardiner.

Houses Awards – Australian House of the Year.

Presented by Houses magazine, the Houses Awards is an annual program celebrating Australia’s best residential projects. Excellence is rewarded in nine categories, with the best house receiving the premier award of Australian House of the Year. Cult have sponsored this category since the inaugural ceremony in 2011. A Houses Award is one of Australia’s most sought-after accolades for residential work.

Find out more about Houses Awards.

Melbourne Central and Bridge


Melbourne Central and Bridge by Kennedy Nolan, 2019 Designer of the Year Award Winner. Photography by Derek Swalwell.

IDEA Awards.

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program which celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design. Since its launch in2003, Cult have proudly supported the prestigious Designer of the Year category.

Find out more about IDEA Awards.


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