Simon Colabufalo is an Australian Industrial designer. He holds a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) with Honours and is a Member of Design Institute of Australia. As a multi-faceted designer, his work includes a wide spectrum of materials and processes, and embodies minimalistic yet functional designs.
His aesthetic continually evolves allowing him to explore different materials, with an emphasis on sustainability, such as wood, aluminum, bioplastics and cork, while engaging different processes, ranging from traditional woodwork techniques, to contemporary Hi-tec CNC/ 3d printing technologies.
Simon's industry experience includes projects at Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), BMW and Bugatti. Having lived and worked in both Australia and Germany, he has gained extensive experience with human-centered design, professional development and implementation of strategies. This has helped him develop a unique understanding of innovative design.
His work has been published in several magazines worldwide and have won numerous awards.
2023: The Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design, The Barn at Rosny Farm Hobart/ Australia
2022: Fringe Furniture, Linden New Art/ Australia
2017: Fringe Furniture, Abbotsford Convent Melbourne/ Australia
2017: Workshopped, Supa Centa Sydney/ Australia
2015: Sydney Indesign, Australian Technology Park Sydney/ Australia
2015: Workedshopped, Supa Centa Sydney/ Australia
2015: Fringe Furniture, Abbotsford Convent Melbourne/ Australia
2013: The Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design, The Barn at Rosny Farm Hobart/ Australia
2012: DesignEX, The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Sydney/ Australia
2009: The Edge, The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Sydney/ Australia
2007: DesignEX, Melbourne Exhibition Centre Melbourne/ Australia
2005: Fringe Furniture, Melbourne Museum Carlton Gardens Melbourne/ Australia
2005: Furnitex, Melbourne Exhibition Centre Melbourne/ Australia
2023: The Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design Chimera, Finalist
2015: Gold Melbourne Design Award, Pinguino
2015: Lunch Pad, Pinguino, Finalist
2015: Lunch Pad, Spade, Shortlist
2013: The Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design The Combine, Finalist
2013: Lunch Pad, Exhale, Shortlist
2013: Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards Craft & Object Designer Highly Commended
2013: A’ Design Award, EVA, Platinum
2013: A’ Design Award, Disco-Volante, Gold
2013: A’ Design Award, Oculus, Gold
2008: VACC Target 2020 car competition, SV1, Finalist
2007: Wheels Young Designer of The Year design, Finalist