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Tony Kenway Furniture. Timeless pieces made in the Byron Bay Hinterland from exquisite Australian timbers.

Tony Kenway

Tony grew up in 'The Big Scrub' in Northern NSW, an area that was once Australia’s largest Subtropical Rainforest. The ocean and rainforest of his homeland are in his blood.


Tony’s knowledge and appreciation of the forest is embodied in his collectable pieces of furniture made from the finest timbers available. His traditional background in cabinetmaking and boatbuilding is evident in his finely crafted and timeless pieces.

Drawing inspiration from simple, elegant forms found in the marine and coastal environment where he lives, Tony has developed a unique range of designs that have won him numerous national and international awards and has positioned his work acquired in private and public collections in Australia and across the globe.


'Studio Furniture 2010' – Bungendore Wood Works Gallery 2010
Priority Seating Award: 'Best Chair' – Philadelphia Furniture Show 2006
'Best New Artist' – Philadelphia Furniture Show 2004
Priority Seating Award: 'Best Chair at show' – Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show 2003
Excellence Award FIAA – Melbourne 1998
Churchill Fellowship 1998
Tweed Valley Art Prize – Australia 1996
National Product Design Award – Designex ’96, Sydney 1996


Gallery Representation

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery – Bungendore NSW Colecta Rara - Bangalow NSW

Public Collections

Queensland Art Gallery – Permanent Collection
William Morris Trust House – Walthemstoke, London
The Henry Kendal Collection of Fine Wood Arts – State Forests of NSW
Tweed River Regional Art Gallery – Permanent Collection

Private Collections

Australia, USA, Japan, Germany & Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Middle East

Past Exhibitions 

‘The Art of Making’ - Australian Design Centre 2022

‘Furniture Defines Home’ - Bungendore Wood Works Gallery 2020

‘Edge’ - Sturt Gallery, NSW 2020

‘New Australian Design at Old Parliament House’ - 2016

‘Masters of Craft’ - Bungendore Wood Works Gallery 2013

‘Wonders in Wood’ - Chifley Tower, Sydney 2012

“Modern Masters” at DESIGNLUSH - New York Design Centre, New York City 2009
‘Signatures’ - Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore NSW 2008
Architectural Digest Home Design Show - New York City 2008
Australian Craft Show ‘Design & Wood’ - Sydney 2007
Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show - 2002 to 2006
‘The Chair’ Sam Malouf - selected exhibition Worcester, MA, USA 2002
‘Wood Masters 2000’ - ABC Headquarters, Sydney 2000
‘Create 2000’ - Fox Studios Sydney 2000
FIAA Australian Furniture Exhibitions - Melbourne & Sydney 1998-1999
Interior Designex - Darling Harbour, Sydney 1996
Exhibition of Excellence - Civic Centre, Grafton 1995
‘For Tomorrow’ - State Library, Sydney 1992
‘Hands On’ - State Library, Sydney 1991
Tweed Rivers Regional Gallery - Murwillumbah 1991
Gold Coast City Art Gallery - 1991
‘Living with Wood’ Travelling exhibition - Weswal Gallery, Tamworth 1991
‘Australian Craft Show’ - Sydney 1998-2003
Blaxland Gallery - Sydney 1989-1990
‘Woodcraft Goes to the Opera’ - Opera House, Sydney 1988
Lismore Regional Art Gallery & Mullumbimby Art Gallery - 1987
Northern Rivers Woodcraft - Group Exhibitions 1986-1990


Press Release

Australian Furniture Designer Wins Highest Accolade at US Show

Byron Bay, NSW Australia 2008 – Tony Kenway’s work is featured prominently in galleries in Sydney, London, Tokyo and New York. But unlike most art, it need not be appreciated by the eye alone, the best of it can be sat on. Creator of some of the world's most coveted collectible furniture, the Australian designer has worked in the Queen's Royal Collection Workshop in London and with prominent designers in Italy, England, Japan and USA. His chairs and rockers in particular have garnered considerable attention and have been selected for the William Morris Trust house in London and the permanent collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia. Kenway has taken home a slew of international awards. He has twice received one of the highest accolades in fine furniture craftsmanship winning the ‘Best Chair’ award (2003 and 2006) and in 2004 earned a ‘Best New Artist’ title at the prestigious Philadelphia Furniture Show, an event where he invariably creates a stir. His finely crafted works of rare and exceptional Australian timbers tend to sell-out at the exhibition. Kenway’s clean and elegant lines are inspired by forms found in the natural environment. His unique range of furniture designs, described as neo classical and timeless, have evolved from years of careful consideration to function, comfort and proportion. “People often tell me they are amazed by how my chairs seem to mould to their bodies and they can’t believe how comfortable a wooden chair can be,” says Tony. Interesting commissions keep Tony and his team busy. Take for example a recent work for a New York collector: a table with five "legs" splayed from a sculpted base, a piece that evokes the arboreal splendour of Tony's rainforest property in the hinterland of Byron Bay. It’s here that Tony designs and makes his collectable furniture, utilizing solid timber, carefully selected for its lasting beauty, strength and flexibility. "My passion for woodcraft started at an early age,” says Tony. “In 1984, after my training as a cabinetmaker and shipwright, I started enjoying the freedom of expression in designing and making individual pieces of furniture." Kenway recently created a stir at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City in the MADE section featuring artist-made objects and furnishings.

Robert Howards

“Tony is obviously driven to refine his designs to a point of aesthetic completeness. When you examine one of his chairs you will find that every detail is fully resolved. The lines and the curve flow seamlessly over the chair and the arms, when added, integrate fully into the overall design. It is incredibly difficult to achieve this. Turn Tony’s chair any way you like – front, back, side, upside down – and you wont find a single view or detail that is not resolved.”

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