Australia 1999 Design Australia

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  • Issue Date: 16 September 1999
  • Designed by: Lynda Warner
  • Printed by: SNP Ausprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Perforations: 14 x 14½
  • Stamp Size: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 separated by a gutter)
  • Withdrawal date: 31 December 2000


Behind the inanimate objects of our everyday life lies a very complex design process, often involving many people – designers, clients, technical experts, builders, engineers, manufacturers, printers and ultimately, consumers. The late 20th century was characterised by mass production and a consumer society, and in this context design has developed dramatically.

The Design Australia stamp issue coincided with the Sydney Design 99 international design congress and exhibition held in Sydney from 27 to 29 September 1999. The stamps reflect the major design disciplines – graphic design, industrial and product design, textile and fashion design, interior design and architecture – that were featured at the conference.


The names of the designers are printed in the selvedge of the stamps.

45c Australia Post Symbol Stamp

The Australia Post symbol was designed by Pieter Huveneers, a specialist in corporate identity design. Pieter was commissioned to create corporate identities for Australia Post and Telecom Australia (now Telstra) when they were created in 1975 from the former Postmaster-General’s Department. The Post symbol cleverly integrates a symbol of communication history – the internationally recognised post horn device – positioned in such a way as to create the letter ‘P’ denoting ‘Post’. The circular shape represents the world, the internal elements movement and direction and a linking of people. Research showed that in the public mind the colour red was synonymous with the post office, thus its retention for the symbol.

45c Australia Post Symbol

90c Embryo Chair Stamp

The Embryo Chair was designed by Marc Newson in 1988 and has been described as "based on a voluptuous three dimensional figure-eight ... pertly animated yet streamlined and mechanically sleek. Elegantly tumescent, its single seat/back structure appears to float around the aluminium tripod infrastructure, creating a sense of lightweight but voluminous presence". It was put into production by the Japanese company, Idee.

90c Embryo Chair

$1.35 Possum Skin Textile Stamp

The textile, Possum Skin, was designed by Euphemia Bostock. It was selected for the stamp for its bold, graphic quality. Possum Skin was developed by Euphemia from her cultural memory and her instinctive reaction to the carved and natural imagery of her indigenous people. Possum Skin was directly influenced by a viewing of a possum-skin cloak at the National Museum of Victoria.

$1.35 Possum Skin Textile

$1.50 RMIT Storey Hall Stamp

Designed by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall, Storey Hall forms part of the RMIT University. Storey Hall was commissioned in 1992 with the explicit design aim of creating a building which could express RMIT’s goal of being at the forefront of technical and professional education and real world research. It includes exhibition space and an art gallery, a 750-seat auditorium, foyers and seminar rooms, student gallery, café and basement lecture theatre.

$1.50 RMIT Storey Hall

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Sydney NSW 2000.

First day cover

Maximum Cards

45c Australia Post Symbol maximum card
90c Embryo Chair maximum card
$1.35 Possum Skin Textile maximum card
$1.50 RMIT Storey Hall maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 4 values