In February 2010 Sam was awarded a Creative Sparks Grant to design a range of furniture. The result was Outee.

The project was proudly supported by and received financial assistance from both the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Accessory of the Year

Award 2009 Home Beautiful (Australia) Product of the Year Winner

Category Home Accessory

Product Blueprints Range (Limited edition plates.  A collaboration between Studio Sam and Lightly)

Judge’s comments “a new take on a design classic ….exquisite”.

Photos Lightly

Premier’s Design Award

Premiers Design Mark

Award  Winner Premier’s Design Award 2008. Award Program recognises the very best of Victorian Design practice and rewards designers that “produce exemplary approaches and outcomes”.

Category Self-initiated Hand Made Object

Product Paul the Bookscreen

Judge’s comments Paul the Bookscreen stands out for its design simplicity and elegance. As a hand made object it embodies a fascination with craftsmanship and construction while providing a wide range of functional applications. The symbolism of thrift or reuse that it evokes sits comfortably alongside its bold and adaptive use of colour. This is a visually arresting, well-considered project with a thoughtful approach to making.

Young Designer of Year

Award Sydney Morning Herald 2005 Young Designer of the Year, Runner up

Brief Reuse an everyday product to create something practical and functional for the home

Product Bookscreen

Exhibition SMH Finalists Exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia

Image Sam Parsons

State of Design Awards

exhibition catalouge

Award The 2004 State of Design Awards. Finalist, Emerging Designer category

Description A prestigious Design Award representing the best of Australian design.

Design Floorplay

Exhibition Design 2004 Exhibition, Australia Gallery, Melbourne Museum, Victoria, Australia

Image from 2004 State of Design Festival Catalogue

Australian Design Awards


Award 2004 Australian Design Award: Dyson Student Award, Finalist (1 of 6)

Purpose of Award An award that recognises and rewards the outstanding design talent that exists in Australia’s education institutions. The 35 shortlisted projects underwent an intense and gruelling judging program to select 6 finalists, of which the winners were chosen to represent the ultimate in Australian Student Design in 2004.

Design Floorscape

Photos Trevor Mein

Design for Excellence

folding floorscape

Award The 2004 Lifestyle Channel Design Award for Excellence, Finalist

Design Floorscape

Photo Trevor Mein

Inspired by Cologne

Inspired by Cologne 2004 book

Award Inspired by Cologne 2004 (The Talent Show of the Cologne Furniture Fair, Germany), Finalist

Design Floorscape

Sam was 1 of 31 young international designers selected by the German Design Council from over 400 applications worldwide. Finalists were from Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands (including Radiator by Joris Laarmann, now part of Droog Design Range), UK and USA

Judges included renowned international designer Patricia Urquiola

Bombay Sapphire

Award Bombay Sapphire 2003 Design Discovery Award (Australia), Finalist

Design Floorscape

Judges included Philippe Starck

Photo Sam Parsons (top), Bombay Sapphire organisers (bottom)

IDEA Design Excellence

idea inside awards

Award Australian Inside / IDEA 2003 Design Excellence Product Award, Runner-up

Design Floorscape

Photos Shannon McGrath

Editorial Inside Magazine (Issue 29)