Victorian Craft Awards

Alexsandra Pontonio — 'Biplane', 2021


Biplane Sideboard is a study in 'lightness'. Referencing box kites, biplanes and objects that float, the sideboard features vertical parallel struts, lightweight fabric sails and long, horizontal planes. Unlike its flying counterparts, the sideboard's resolve lands as a functional furniture piece.


Alexsandra Pontonio is an award-winning Naarm/Melbourne-based furniture maker and designer. Working with timbers’ intrinsic material tactility, she creates bespoke pieces that are contemporary in design with a sensitivity to traditional woodcraft.

Pontonio graduated with an Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) from RMIT University in 2015 and has since exhibited both in Australia and abroad.


Established by Craft Victoria in 2015, the Victorian Craft Awards is a biennial event presenting and celebrating excellence in contemporary craft practice. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials and include emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.  

The Finalists.

Adam Markowitz & Oliver Tanner, Alexsandra Pontonio, Amanda Ho, Ana Petidis, Anke Kindle, Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Australian Tapestry Workshop & Troy Emery, Beverley Meldrum, Blanche Tilden, Cara Johnson, Cassie Leatham, Christopher Plumridge, Damien Wright & Bonhula Yunupingu, Danielle Thiris, Darren Healey, Ema Shin, Grace Brown, Holly Grace. Iluka Sax-Williams, James Lemon, Jane Sawyer, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Jessie French, Jin Ah Jo, Jo Hawley, Juanita Mulholland, Katherine Hubble, Katrina Tyler, Kirby Bourke (Two Lines Studio), Kirsten Haydon, Kristin Burgham, Lee Darroch, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Louise Meuwissen & Ebony Russell, Marcos Guzman, Mechelle Shooter, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Narelle White, Nicole Polentas, Prue Venables, Roseanne Bartley, Samuel Burns, Sara Lindsay, Shimara Carlow, Sophia Cai, Thomas Lentini, Timothy Gresham, Timothy White, Troy Emery & Daniel Poole, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Zhu Ohmu.


Materials: American White Ash and Linen

Dimensions: 2400 l x 466 w x 670 h


Photography: Michael Pham 

Read more about the Victoria Craft Awards and this years judging panel here

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