Furniture, Metal, Office, Outdoor, Timber
Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s less is more philosophy, furniture and space designer Franco Crea has a clean, uncomplicated aesthetic. He values symmetry and is committed to environmental, social and economic sustainability. He is also committed to local manufacture. Preferring to work in close collaboration with fabricators, Crea refines his ideas based on their opinions and expertise and prides himself on ensuring his work reflects the latest trends, construction methodology and technology.
Crea produces a collection of pieces suitable for both interior and exterior settings and undertakes bespoke commissions for residential and commercial clients. In 2016 & 2017 he was a finalist in the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) and his Mesa collection was a finalist in the emerging designer competition Launch Pad in 2013. Crea worked on the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval, manufacturing 216 tables and 28 ottomans and stools for various spaces, including the corporate suites, Rick Davies Bar, and Graham Cornes Deck.
2014, Adelaide Oval, Eastern and Southern Grandstands, Redevelopment. Spaces included in the project: Corporate Suites, William Magarey Room, Rick Davies Bar (Audi Stadium Club), John Halbert Room (Audi Stadium Club) and Graham Cornes Deck
2017, Nominated, Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for Objects – Furniture & Lighting (EKTA Shelf) and Emerging Designer
2016, Nominated, Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for the Emerging Designer, & the Object – Furniture and Lighting categories
2015, Australian LaunchPad Awards, Shortlisted, "Unity" table
2013, Australian LaunchPad Awards, Finalist, "Mesa" collection
2017, FORM - The Adelaide Review, focus on Australian Design with comments from Franco Crea, (May 2017)
2015, A Space for Local Work, The Adelaide Review FORM Magazine (March Issue)
2014, Niche Designs Grace New Corporate Suites, The Advertiser Business Journal (June 3 Issue)
2013, Franco Crea Furniture Design, PLACE Magazine (Issue 39, October)
2013, About the Mesa Collection, How We Create, (September Issue)
2013, On The Rise, The Adelaide Review FORM Magazine (August 15)
24 Aug 2017
Humbled to be Shortlisted in this year's renowned Australian (IDEA) Interior Design Excellence Awards!
Categories we are up for:
Objects - Furniture & Lighting, for my EKTA Shelf, and Emerging Designer.
It's an honour to be included again amongst some of Australia's very talented designers. Australia's design future is looking so ever bright!
Thanks to the Australian Design Review @ausdesignreview and judging panel, for the opportunity.
Winners to be announced at the IDEA Gala Party, 24 November at Melbourne's Meat Market.
25 May 2017
We are honoured to have our Mila chair selected as best practice Australian TIMBER designed product, to be showcased for the promotion of Dangerous Designs competition at this years Denfair design event.
We are really pleased to be involved in the curation for the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) led FPWA (wood solutions) Dangerous Designs competition. The FPWA is the Commonwealth Government entity whose role is to promote timber use across construction and design. It is the leading advocate and is sponsored Federally and multinational partners.
The Mila chair was released at Melbourne Indesign's event, August 2016, and during it's short time
01 Mar 2017
Being able to present Franco Crea designs and products to the larger Melbourne design audience has been a goal of ours for some time now, and with this new space, we believe we can achieve this goal.
The Richmond studio will act similarly to our Adelaide studio: to showcase our pieces and to highlight the level of detail and resolution we can achieve using our talented Australian manufacturers.
At 259 Swan Street, we’ve created a place where designers and private clients alike can spend some time experiencing the craftsmanship of our work up close.
06 Feb 2017
Franco Crea is expanding his business. In addition to his Pulteney St Adelaide Studio, Franco has just opened a studio at 259 Swan Street Richmond. Make this your go-to in finding the latest in contemporary, high-end furniture for your personal brief or project. Stop by if you're in Melbourne!
19 Aug 2016
Feeling honoured. Me and my Concept Kitchen project have just been shortlisted in the 2016 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for the Emerging Designer, & the Object – Furniture and Lighting categories. Australian designers represent!
Winners to be announced at the IDEA Gala Party, 18 November (TBC) 2016 in Sydney.
If you're yet to see the Kitchen Concept micro-film, check it out here https://vimeo.com/174156297
30 May 2016
Featured in the June edition of The Adelaide Review. Read the full article on the link below.