A Little About Us
How it all started
It all started with the state of awards in Australia. The problem was clear: meaningful award ceremonies, meaningless trophies. Think brittle plastic trophies shaped like an Oscar, think crystal mugs etched with Comic Sans. Awards were an afterthought undeserving of their recipients.
The answer, as founder and sculptor Bruce Dodds saw it, was considered design hand-crafted in Australia. Thankfully, the idea caught on.
As a result, Design Awards has been changing the face of the Australian awards industry for over 20 years. Our design-first approach means every single award is unique, and the care and consideration taken in each award imbues a meaningfulness which cannot be achieved in mass produced items.
Design is what sets us apart and our craftsmanship is our pride.
Made in Australia, Awarding the World
Bespoke Trophies from Melbourne & Sydney to Australia and the World
We are small team of crazed designers and artisanal makers that specialise in the creation of beautiful awards and trophies. We have curated our online pages to highlight what we can achieve for you, have a browse for inspiration or give us a call to discuss something completely different.
Absolutely everything we produce, from our medals and medallions to our trophies and statuettes, is completely bespoke, it’s true. We believe a hand crafted, unique element makes an award that much more special, so we are more than happy to take the time for you to design something new and meaningful.
Please have a browse through our galleries: Acrylic, Metal, Crystal, Corporate, Perpetual Awards, Bespoke Awards, Plaques, Custom Medals, plus Premium Sports Trophies. Whilst we take the utmost care in sourcing sustainable and eco-friendly materials for all our awards, we have a dedicated sustainability section for the most environmentally minded.
Changing An Industry. And That's The Way We Like It.
Australia’s Leading Makers of Custom Made Awards, Bespoke Trophies and Unique Plaques
We craft the extraordinary. Over twenty years of perseverance has meant Design Awards is Australia’s leader in bespoke trophies and custom awards. Determined to create beautiful, meaningful trophies, we custom make awards, bespoke trophies, unique statuettes and plaques, online and in-store, to any budget and with no minimum order.
With a huge breadth of experience spanning corporate awards, premium sports trophies, perpetuals, centrepieces and bespoke sculptures, we are the industry leader in hand-crafted excellence, challenging preconceptions of trophies and pioneering new ways forward.
Trusted by clients of the highest calibre with the most stringent of quality standards with relationships spanning in excess of 20 years is testament to the quality and craftsmanship of every single one our pieces. Want to know more? Check out our testimonials page.
Our Promise To You
A commitment to high-quality, creativity and craftsmanship in every trophy
What makes us unique? For starters, our design-led approach and local, in-house production. From our Melbourne and Sydney locations, we are artisan makers of unique and creative products that showcase our dedication to originality. Unlike almost every other trophy maker, we strictly do not mass-produce our awards. Instead, our team designs and handcrafts every single award and trophy because we believe the personal touch is so much more meaningful. We are extremely proud to say after years of hard work and dedication we sit at an unrivaled position within Australia, which means that you can order with confidence knowing you are in skilled hands.
Because we have fully equipped workshops in both Sydney and Melbourne, we are also able to offer a wide range of other services online such as engraving, metal casting, aluminium printing, ID plates, unique signage, and have a wide selection of materials to choose from, ensuring that you get exactly what you want, plus a little bit more. Check out our Who We Are page to see more about our ethos.
Contact one of our locations for more information on Design Awards
Discover more about our services and custom made products by contacting us today. Call our Melbourne office on (03) 9555 0171, or our Sydney location on (02) 9439 7144. We will be more than happy to chat about what you are after in order tailor your ideal solution. You can also request a quote online and we will be back in touch as soon as we can. Awards with distinction, from Australia’s finest.