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.

Other recognition

folding floorscape

Runner up, Sydney Morning Herald 2005 Young Designer of the Year, for Bookscreen.

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

Finalist, The 2004 Lifestyle Channel Design Award for Excellence, for Floorscape.

Finalist, Inspired by Cologne 2004 (The Talent Show of the Cologne Furniture Fair, Germany. Sam was 1 of 31 young international designers selected by the German Design Council from over 400 applications worldwide).

Finalist, Bombay Sapphire 2003 Design Discovery Award (Australia), for Floorscape.

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

Winner, Fresh 2002, Craft Victoria Multiplex Student Award for the freshest graduating design in textiles, fashion, industrial design, interior design, ceramics, and jewellery in Victoria.  For Floorscape.

Photo Floorscape, taken by Trevor Mein