Who We Are

Get to know us


We craft the extraordinary. We are a small team of designers and artisan makers who have been crafting bespoke awards and sculptures for over 20 years.


Founded in 1994 by sculptor and designer Bruce Dodds, Design Awards quickly established itself as a new class in award making. Starting out as a small retail outlet in Albion Street, Surry Hills, Design Awards has evolved into a thriving operation with manufacturing facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, and still run by Bruce and his two sons James and Charles.


With all awards, trophies, medals, medallions, plaques and statuettes proudly designed and manufactured right here in Australia, our dedication to our artisan heritage has led Design Awards to an unrivalled position within Australia. Exquisite craftsmanship guided by an artisan history catering to clients of all budgets, Design Awards is Australia’s finest.

Our Values


Our heritage is based on problem solving in a way that does not forsake quality; creating inspirational awards from your concepts. Unlike mass-produced awards and trophies, our awards, trophies, plaques, medals and deal tombstones are hand-crafted by a talented team of artisans right here in Australia. The experience and artistry of our dedicated team is reflected in the a quality of the awards we produce. It’s no secret that we manufacture some of Australia’s most recognisable and coveted awards.

Innovation & Creativity

Custom, or bespoke, awards should be iconic and accurately reflect your values. We offer a level of customisation and design ingenuity that you won’t find anywhere else in the world of awards and trophies. You can adapt a design from our broad inventory of existing recognition awards, or commission a completely customised design suited to your precise requirements with the signature Design Awards premium finish.

Commitment & Quality

We are a specialist manufacturing business with multiple workshops operating right here in Australia. We are not a company that imports all of our awards and trophies from overseas and sell via an on-line store or a retail shop front. The craftsmen that we employ are true artisans keeping skills like metal work, wood turning and model making alive. We live for quality.