Rhys Cooper


Rhys Cooper is an emerging Australian furniture and object designer. Originally from the Central Coast of New South Wales, Rhys moved to Launceston, Tasmania where he completed a Bachelor of Environmental Design and an Honours in Contemporary Arts at the University of Tasmania. 

After graduating he was fortunate to be offered a position in the Associate Program at the JamFactory in Adelaide, South Australia. Rhys is using his time at the JamFactory to establish his practice and differentiate himself through the development of dynamic and original work, walking a fine line between artistic integrity and producibility. 

Guided by an indepth design process, Rhys works on a variety of objects from concept through to prototype development, utilising a range of materials and processes. It is during the research and development of one project that often ignites new areas of interest for the next.


2016, Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures, Esplanade, Brighton, SA.

2015, Generate, The JamFactory. Adelaide, SA.

2015, Launchpad, Galleria. Eveleigh, NSW.

2015, The Clarence Prize: Excellence in Furniture Design, Rosny Barn. Rosny Park, TAS.

2015, South Australian Emerging Designer Award: Drink Dine Design, Adelaide Airport. Adelaide, SA.

2015, Vivid, Melbourne Exhibition Centre. South Wharf, VIC.

2014, Workshopped 14: Clean Slate, Supa Centa Moore Park. Kensington, NSW.

2014, South Australian Emerging Designer Award: Drink Dine Design, JamFactory Gallery. Adelaide, SA.

2014, Vivid, Melbourne Exhibition Centre. South Wharf, VIC.

2013, Sample, Design Centre Tasmania. Launceston, TAS.

2012, It Is, Sawtooth ARI Gallery. Launceston, TAS.

2012, Discovering Design Through Furniture, New Gallery. Launceston, TAS.

2010, Tableworks, Blue Cafe Gallery. Launceston, TAS.


2016, Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures - Finalist.

2015, Launchpad - Finalist.

2015, Launchpad - Shortlisted.

2015, The Clarence Prize - Finalist.

2015, Vivid - Finalist.

2014, Launchpad - Shortlisted.

2014, Workshopped14: Clean Slate - Selected Exhibitor.

2014, South Australian Emerging Designer Award: Drink Dine Design - Finalist.

2014, South Australian Emerging Designer Award: Drink Dine Design - People's Choice Award.

2014, Vivid - Finalist.


2014 - 2015, JamFactory Associate Training Program, Furniture Design. Adelaide, SA.

2013, Honours in Contemporary Arts, Sculpture. University of Tasmania, Launceston, TAS.

2012, Bachelors of Environmental Design, Furniture Design. University of Tasmania, Launceston, TAS. 

2011, Associate Degree in Furniture Design. University of Tasmania, Launceston, TAS.

Rhys Cooper (b. 1990) is a furniture, lighting and object designer.

Establishing his studio in 2016, Rhys utilises a range of high quality materials and processes working with local Australian industry. Rhys is driven to create dynamic and original work that is a harmonious balance between artistic integrity and producibility.

His collection of work looks to create conversation and to start a new dialogue.


Education and Training

2015, JamFactory Associate Training Program - Furniture Design. Adelaide - SA.

2013, Honours in Contemporary Arts - Sculpture, University of Tasmania. Launceston - TAS.

2012, Bachelors of Environmental Design - Furniture Design, University of Tasmania. Launceston - TAS. 

2011, Associate Degree in Furniture Design, University of Tasmania. Launceston - TAS.