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Simon Colabufalo is an Australian industrial designer. Simon grew up in Melbourne and has 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.


Simon was worked on projects at Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), Chevrolet, BMW, Mini and Bugatti

 

He received his Bachelor of Design with Honours, Industrial Design from Swinburne University of Technology and also holds a Diploma of Arts, Product Design from RMIT University. Simon is also a member of the Design Institute of Australia.

Colabufalo Studio, co-founded by Simon Colabufalo and Bhavana Nayer, embodies a dynamic fusion of tradition and innovation. The studio's evolving aesthetic explores sustainable materials such as wood, aluminum, bioplastics, and cork, utilizing both traditional craftsmanship and modern technologies like Hi-tec CNC and 3D printing.

With a focus on calibrations, small batches, and unique projects, Colabufalo Studio emphasizes bespoke craftsmanship. Their international acclaim is evident through features in global magazines and numerous award recognitions. In essence, the studio is a creative hub where diverse materials and processes converge, producing designs that resonate globally.

EXHIBITIONS

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 

Workshopped/ Supa Centa Sydney/ Australia
 

2015: 

Sydney Indesign/ Australian Technology Park Sydney/ Australia

Workedshopped/ Supa Centa Sydney/ Australia

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 

Furnitex/ Melbourne Exhibition Centre Melbourne/ Australia 

AWARDS

2023: 

The Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design Chimera, Finalist

2015:

Gold Melbourne Design Award, Pinguino

Lunch Pad, Pinguino, Finalist

Lunch Pad, Spade, Shortlist

2013:

The Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design The Combine, Finalist

Lunch Pad, Exhale, Shortlist

Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards Craft & Object Designer Highly Commended

A’ Design Award, EVA, Platinum

A’ Design Award, Disco-Volante, Gold

A’ Design Award, Oculus, Gold

2008:

VACC Target 2020 car competition, SV1, Finalist

2007:

Wheels Young Designer of The Year design, Finalist

© 2023 Simon Colabufalo

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