The IDEA Gold Medal was inaugurated in 2010 not only as a means to celebrate the most current work, but also to pay tribute to the accomplishments of those practitioners who have made a sustained and enduring contribution to Australian design culture over the course of a career. It is hard to think of a designer more amply qualified in this regard than Janne Faulkner. Faulkner established her practice Nexus Designs in 1967, and since then has gone on to mentor and nurture several generations of Australian design professionals.
From telephones to tissue paper, and domestic kitchens to corporate offices, there are very few designers who have had as wide ranging an influence on the Australian living environment as Janne Faulkner. She was responsible for the interior design policy for David Yencken’s company, Merchant Builders, in the 1960s – and was influential in establishing a uniquely Australian style. Through Nexus Designs, Faulkner’s work covers residential and commercial design, with clients including the State Savings Bank of Victoria, Country Road and the Yulara Resort – with Cox Architects – in the Northern Territory.