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When Design Awards was first established in 1994, there wasn’t much in the way of online shopping, and things have changed dramatically since.
We are committed to upholding the high-end quality that Design Awards has always been known for and we make our custom trophies in Sydney and Melbourne at our fully equipped workshops. This means that when you buy your trophies through us, you are assured that they are of the highest quality and that they have been locally sourced within Australia.
Our team is made up of a small group of highly skilled, talented artisanal designers and makers that are ready to bring any idea to life. They take great pride in their ability to create bespoke, one of a kind trophies for our clients.
Whether you have your own idea and simply want us to build your award, or have nothing in mind yet, our designers will work with you from the very start of the process to ensure that you get the custom trophy befitting to your event.
When you think of trophies, often people will imagine the traditional chalice shaped cups that are still given out at racing events and other sporting achievements like tennis and golf. While these kinds of trophies are still very much in the running with these events, modern technology and the availability of materials means that we can now create innovative, eye-catching awards that are a cut above the rest.
Here are some of the custom trophies that we create at Design Awards:
• Metal: Aluminium, brass and steel are our most popular metals for creating custom trophies and this is because they are perfectly weighted and tactile that makes them favourites with our clients. Our talented designers can do amazing things with metals and can create something perfect for your budget and your event.
• Acrylic: Acrylic awards have become increasingly more popular over the last decade. This is because they mimic the clarity and sophistication of glass and crystal but they are much lighter and less likely to break when dropped. They can be created in a vast array of different sizes and colours to suit your event.
• Crystal: Sophistication and timelessness are two of the words that come to mind when we think of crystal awards. Many events choose crystal for their trophies due to the history attached to the material.
• Plaques: Whether you are looking for a traditional wall-mount or a freestanding plaque, we’re able to meet your needs. We create plaques from metal, wood and many other materials depending on their purpose.
• Medals and Medallions: Recognised as the most classic form of award, medallion popularity has continued to soar, and new technology means that they are more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.
If you’re looking for bespoke, high-end trophies in Sydney or Melbourne, then look no further. Whether you want to order online through our easy to use website (countrywide) or pop into one of our stores, we’ll have the right award for you.
Contact us, or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll be in touch. We cannot wait to start making magic happen with your award.
Design Awards is a team of designers and artisans that specialise in award making across Australia. We can craft trophies and medals to your order, as well as engraved plaques. Browse our website further or contact us to learn more.
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We are a small team of designers and artisan makers that specialise in the creation of beautiful trophies and awards. We have two workshops, one based in Sydney and one in Melbourne, where we design and hand craft high-end awards, trophies, plaques, medallions and more.
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 back in 1994, 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.
As we see it, design is what sets us apart and our craftsmanship is our pride.
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. We believe a hand crafted, unique element makes an award that much more special, so we are more than happy to take the time to design something new and meaningful for you.
Please have a browse through our galleries: Acrylic, Metal, Crystal, Corporate, Perpetual Awards, Bespoke Awards, Plaques, Custom Medals, and 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.
We craft the extraordinary. With a huge breadth of experience spanning from Government and Business, to top tier Sports, to Not-for-Profits and Education, we have the expertise to create exactly what you have in mind. Corporate awards, premium sports trophies, deal toys, tombstones, perpetuals, centrepieces and bespoke sculptures, we are the industry leader in hand-crafted excellence, modernising the face of Australian trophy design.
Trusted by both Australian and international clients of the highest calibre who demand 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.
What makes us unique? For starters, our design-led approach and local, in-house production. We are certainly not your typical trophy shop.
Unlike almost every other trophy supplier, we strictly do not mass-produce our awards. Instead, our team designs and handcrafts every single award and trophy because of our dedication to originality and our belief that the personal touch is so much more meaningful. In terms of custom awards and trophies, we sit at an unrivalled position within Australia, which means that you can order with confidence knowing you are in trustworthy hands. Check out our Who We Are page to see more about our ethos.
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 more, and have a wide selection of materials to choose from, ensuring that you get exactly what you want, plus a little bit more.
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. If you want to keep up to date, follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest. Awards with distinction, from Australia’s finest.