Johnny Chamaki grew up during the 1970’s in Sydney, Australia. He was intrigued with plants, drawing and making his own toys. With an inquisitive and creative mind established he progressed to painting and started to sell various art works to his friend’s parents around the age of 10.
A major direction shift in pursuing a career in design came from a school project. He made a helmet based on the famous Australian Outlaw, Ned Kelly. With words of praise from his teacher, he combined the love of Australian Art and Ned Kelly history, and some 20 years later into furniture pieces (called The Outlaw Series).
Chamaki completed a Bachelor of Architecture at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 1996. Upon graduation, he was awarded the most talented designer of his year. Other design awards and accolades have been coming in ever since, including Emerging Designer Award 2002 , 9 th International Design Award (from Japan the only student winner in its 10 years history), 2005 Spanish International Furniture Competition (awarded 1st prize amongst 900 other designers from around the globe), and his design pieces has been published internationally since 2004.
In 2002, Chamaki established Johnny Chamaki Design Studio mainly focusing on Furniture, Objects, Interiors and Architecture. Johnny Chamaki Design Studio’s mission is to provide designs, which embodies art, design, science and technology into Furniture, Objects, Interiors and Architecture.
Education 1990-1995 Bachelor of Architecture Degree (B.Arch), University of Technology, Sydney UTS. 1981 – 1986 High School Certificate HSC, Cabramatta High School.
Practice 2002 Johnny Chamaki, Design Studio, Sydney, Australia 2001 – 2002 Design / Project Architect, Mirvac (Henry Pollack ArchitectsHPA) 2000 – 2001 Design Architect, Westfield Design & Construction Pty Ltd 1999 – 2000 Project Architect, Knight Frank 1997 – 1998 Architect, Gordon & Valich Architects Pty Ltd
Visiting Designer: 2005 International Design Conference in Argentina. Invited speaker for Living & Jardin Revista Publications, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Oct 05) 2003-2005 First Year Design, School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney UTS 2007 Design and Innovation, Australian Government (Sept 07)
Awards and Recognition 2008 Winner of Excellence in Australian Housing Awards for Rockpool Apartments, Australia 2005 1st Prize in the 5 th International Design Competition Andreu World, Valencia, Spain Jury Members: Mario Bellini, Piero Lissoni, Antoni Arola, Ulrich Buttner & Cindy Allen 2005 Awarded a design grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney, Australia 2002 Emerging Designer Award, Australian Art Works, Melbourne, Australia 2001 YCOMO Award for Vox Interior, New York, USA 2001 Gold and Ari Honorable Design Award, First Prize Entry, Tel Aviv, Israel 1999 International Design Distinction Award, Shinkenchiku Magazine, Tokyo, Japan 1996 Most Talented Design Award, School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney 1994 9th Membrane International Design Competition, Honorable Mention Award, Osaka, Japan
Design Exhibitions 2005 “Architecture,Interior & Design within an Australian Context: Johnny Chamaki Design Studio” for Living & Jardin Revista Publications, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Oct 05) 2004 Online ExhibitionDesign, Pol Oxygen, Sydney Australia (July 04) 2003 Australian Young Artist and Designer Exhibition, Australian Arts Works (Aug 03) Emerging Talented Designer, Young Moss Gallery, Sydney, Australia (Jan 03) 2002 Chairs, Tables and Things, David & Stellar Gallery, Adelaide, Australia (Oct 02) Australian & New Zealand Young Guns Exhibition, Luxley Design Studio, New Zealand (May 02) 1994 Design Awards, University of Technology, Sydney UTS (July 94)
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Publications 2006 CANAL Plus (France) & EJO Productions: Television Documentary: Australia – Johnny Chamaki Design Studio, France & New Caledonia, February 2006 YAD Young Asian & Pacific Designers: Book by Joachim Fischer brand affairs, Germany, Jan 2006 2005 Living, Magazine, Argentina, October 2005 Jardin (issue date: Sept 05), First (issue no.226) & Lugares (issue no.114), Argentina, Sept 2005 2004 H.O.M.E Magazine, Germany, October 2004 La Tempestad (Literat, Music, Cinema, Design & Architecture) Mexico, No.38, Sept/October 2004 LINO Australia & New Zealand Premier Lifestyle, Sydney, Australia, No.7, September 2004 34Mag Design, Magazine, Netherlands, July/August 2004 Modern Design & Things, Chicago, USA, No.6, June 2004 Art/Design 909, Melbourne, Australia, June 2004 OM Magazine, Russia, April 2004 Space Form World, Vancouver, Canada, January 2004 2003 Design Ikio Design and Architecture, Magazine, Japan, November 2003 Shinkchiku Design Architecture, November, Japan, 1994 Qantas On flight Magazine 2009 The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Interior Design by Mark Hinchman, NY, USA, 2014 Architectural Digest Mexico , Jan 2015 Australian Government http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-design Other online and printed publications can be sourced by internet search- Johnny Chamaki
Clients Andreu World (Spain) Woodmark (Denmark/Australia) Clements International (USA) Taiyo Kogyo Corporation (Japan) Zimmerman Gold & Ari (Israel) Lowestein Corporation (South Africa) Harry Hills Studio (New Zealand) Jasper GlowWorks (Australia) Xinox (Australia)
For orders or information please contact Johnny Chamaki Design Studio, Sydney Australia Phone: +61 411 88 1965