TV Presenter Jamie Durie to promote furnishing industry

TV presenter and international prizewinner for furniture design Jamie Durie OAM has been appointed ambassador by the Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA).

Durie hosts ‘Australia by Design’ which airs on Network Ten, following his role as an expert design judge on the Seven Network’s ‘House Rules’ programme.

His ambassadorship was announced at an event in Sydney’s Natuzzi Italia showroom last night attended by leaders from the Australian design, media, furniture and furnishing sectors.

AFA CEO Patrizia Torelli commended his contribution to the design community for more than twenty years.

“Jamie has outstanding credentials as an innovative and highly awarded furniture designer.

“He is an example of how Australian furnishing design, using responsibly sourced timber, can take on the world and win.’

In December 2014 Durie was awarded at the London Design Awards for the design of his Elle Ecrite Desk for Riva1920 and his Rainbow Modulare wall unit.

In May 2014 he received a New York Design Award for his interior dining chair, The Tubular Chair (below).

Jamie came to prominence for his horticultural and outdoor design practice.

Since then, Durie Design has received over 33 Australian and international design awards including Gold Medals received in London, Singapore, Tokyo and Auckland.

In 2001, Durie and his team were asked to design custom furniture for upmarket hotels and resorts in Spain, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. After launching design collaborations in Europe, his furniture is now retailed worldwide.

Jamie has an impressive pedigree as a champion of great Australian design, and supporter of sustainable forestry practices.

He hosted the dynamic design makeover show HGTV Showdown in 2009, and has starred in Australian television programmes such, Backyard Blitz, The Block, The Outdoor Room, The Apartment, Habitus House of the Year and House Rules.

Main picture: AFA

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