Obelia side table with a teapot and cup falling off the table

Troy Backhouse is an award winning, multi-discipline designer based in Melbourne. With no signature style, in part due to being exposed to other cultures for a long period of time, my inspiration is sought from unique and unusual places to enliven perceptions of objects around us.

New ideas and materials are applied to create objects, from timeless furniture to intuitive products with equal tactile and visual importance to form a human connection.


The aspiration with each object is to design to inspire, develop objects that endure and to have a story that resonates with you.


Often beauty is realised through the imperfections of hand made pieces.

exhibitions +

2018 – Denfair – Melbourne Exhibition Centre
2017 – Obelia pendant + Obelia side table – Workshopped
2016 – stealth-bucket – Premier’s Design Award – Finalist
2016 – stealth -Design Entrepreneur Awards – selection
2015 – stealth – Premier’s Design Award – Finalist
2015 – stealth – Red Dot award Winner
2015 – Islero – selected – Workshopped
2015 – Islero – Shortlist – Launch Pad
2015 – Ane stool – Platinum Award – A’design awards
2012 – Seraph light shade – finalist – e MAGINE / workshopped competition
2012 – Ned pendant – finalist – Launch Pad
2012 – Ane stool – selected – Workshopped
2011 – Ane stool – shortlisted – idea awards
2011 – Ane stool – shortlisted – Launch Pad
2010 – eterna II – selected – Workshopped
2009 – eterna II – shortlisted – idea awards
2009 – Ulna – finalist – Corporate Culture Design Journey
2009 – eterna II – Most Cutting Edge design Highly Commended – Fringe
2009 – drop tail – selected – Workshopped
2009 – exhibit invite Melbourne – So Buono
2009 – retrospective exhibition invite – Vivid
2009 – ESCAPsulE – The Stilwerk trendstudy- IMM Cologne
2009 – The Arts House, Meat Market – Fringe
2008 – Melbourne Museum – exhibition – Fringe
2008 – Melbourne Exhibition Centre – exhibition – Vivid
2007 – Melbourne Museum – exhibition – Fringe
2006 – Melbourne Museum- exhibition – Fringe
2005 – Melbourne Museum – exhibition – Fringe
2004 – Powerhouse Museum – invite – Master class with Tom Kovac

Troy Backhouse punk portrait

Troy Backhouse belongs to a new waive of talented furniture designers who also commercialise their own pieces which have recently found their way into a number of international publications…
– Judith del Río
(actitudes magazine)

actitudes Spanish design magazine Troy Backhouse publication V20
actitudes Spanish design magazine Troy Backhouse publication

Troy Backhouse pertenece a esa nueva oleada de diseñadores de mobiliario con talento que también trabajan como comerciales de sus propias piezas.
– Judith del Río
(actitudes magazine)

Smith Journal Troy Backhouse publication of Ned Pendant light

The Ned Pendant Lamp is a great deal more than a light fixture with an abstract shade. It simultaneously offers illumination, visual intrigue and an unexpected historical reference.
– Amelia Roblin

inside magazine Troy Backhouse publication

eterna II
Troy Backhouse’s designs are ornate, beautiful and kind of haunting.
– Stephen Wiltshireaw
(Design Milk)

Icon year book publication t bac

The young talented designer Troy Backhouse from Melbourne, Australia offers a chic collection – the designer furniture and lighting from the collection are unique – in contrast to traditional concepts, each piece of furniture here is a real work of art that tells its own story. – Violeta (

Der junge talentierte Designer Troy Backhouse aus Melbourne, Australien bietet eine schicke Kollektion – Die Designer Möbel und Beleuchtung aus der Kollektion sind einzigartig – im Gegensatz zu traditionellen Konzepten ist hier jedes Möbelstück ein echtes Kunstwerk, das eine eigene Geschichte erzählt. – Violeta (