Photo: Lean Timms
Photo: Lean Timms


Creative partnerships inspire and create new opportunities in contemporary craft and design. To celebrate design excellence, DESIGN Canberra has a commitment to creative collaborations with likeminded sponsors.

Canberra BMW are founding partners of the DESIGN Canberra festival. They have supported us since 2014 and we are delighted they will be joining us again as a platinum partner for the 2021 festival.

Canberra BMW’s commitment to quality and authentic design and innovation is perfectly aligned to the values of DESIGN Canberra.

In 2020, our dynamic partnership continued to build positive momentum. BMW generously donated some of their high quality “merino” midnight blue leather (usually used for BMW car seats) to Craft ACT. We provided the leather to Craft ACT Associate Member, Geordie Ferguson (Stellen) to make an object which would feature in an upcoming exhibition during DESIGN Canberra. Ferguson used the leather to create a bespoke contemporary satchel which was exhibited in the 2020 Craft ACT members exhibition, c/o: Craft ACT.

Using an explorative design process, Ferguson drew upon his extensive experience as a craftsman and designer to enable the conception, resolution, and creation of this innovative contemporary satchel, capturing the quality, and detail of the fine leather.

About Geordie:

Geordie Ferguson is a Canberra-based craftsman and industrial designer. Ferguson is the founder and creative director of Stellen, a studio specialising in bespoke stitched goods with a focus on furniture and product design.

Fergusonʼs commitment to his craft and understanding of design has established his studio as a leader in the Australian design landscape. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 

About Canberra BMW: 

Canberra BMW is the Canberra region’s premier motor dealership. They seek to deliver exceptional service to each of our valued customers, starting from your first contact with them, through to meeting the ongoing needs of your BMW.

Founded 40 years ago, Canberra BMW has developed over the years in to the full service dealership it is today. They offer a comprehensive range of New BMW, Premium Certified Pre-owned and Demonstrators, BMW motorbikes and MINI vehicles. To meet your ongoing motoring needs they also have a parts and service departments on site, and offer the complete range of BMW Financial Services products.

DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.