Sydney Indesign 2017

Exploring Alexandria at SID17 – August 2017

Sydney Indesign (SID) was on again and Dorte headed over to Alexandria to experience the latest design trends. The area was bursting with activity from the hub that is the Grounds of Alexandria to the open studios and showrooms of SID17.

One of the overarching trends across the 30+ exhibitors was an emphasis on quality and simplicity paired with a focus on tactile natural materials and finishes such as timber, brass and leather. These were exemplified by products such as the Pieman Chair (Tom Fereday for Dessin), the Halm chair ( jehs+laub for Brunner) and Tala Voronoi pendant lights (Tala). There was also a continued trend towards modularity and customisation of corporate spaces through configurable furniture systems such as Schiavello’s new Toku collection designed by Gavin Harris.

There was also a great sense of fun with collaborative “projects” offering interactive, engaging and immersive experiences. Two of my favourite experiences were The Tunnel of Light and the Mafi Ski and Health Chalet. The Tunnel of Light, a collaboration between Acme&Co and LightCo, led people through a “tunnel” panelled with mirrored floors and ceiling and walls that pulsed with strips and patterns of moving, colour changing lights. The experience made it challenging to know which way was up or down while the moving choreography of lights were quite hypnotising. In contrast, Mafi + Kebonny by WOODOS in collaboration with Billy Blue Design School, converted a showroom into an Austrian ski chalet complete with massage therapists to relieve your aching muscles after a day’s skiing (or pavement pounding in my case), signature scented wood panelling and tasty Austrian fare. A feast for all the senses and great way to entice travellers to stop and stay awhile.

It was clearly evident that more than ever brands recognise that their products do not exist in isolation but form part of a larger ecosystem and that to be successful, they must contribute something unique and human to their environment.

Here are a few pictures from the day – enjoy!

Clockwise from top left: Tunnel of Light installation at LightCo, The Grounds of Alexandria, Tala Voronoi pendant lights, Pieman Chair by Tom Fereday.

Workshopped 2017

Workshopped Opening Night – August 2017

Left: AM24 chair by Robin Keussen; Right: Korus lamp by Liljana Ristovski, Rebel Futurism Pendent by Dean Toepfer Rebel.

Dorte recently attended the VIP Opening Night of Workshopped 17 at the Supa Centa Moore Park Sydney. Now in its 17th year, Workshopped provides local designers with a platform to present their designs to both local and international markets.

This year there were 55 designs including furniture, lighting and homeware designs. The theme for this year’s exhibition was "Does your design demand attention and is fit for purpose?" One entry that stood out was the AM24 chair designed by Robin Keussen. This dining style chair marries the warmth of felted textile upholstery with the strength of Tasmanian Oak legs. The joinery details are well considered and the brass spacers add a touch of elegance. A unique internal frame and webbing structure means that there is no upper backrest edge making the chair really comfortable to sit in. This is one chair that we hope makes it from prototype to production and into the market place!

The Workshopped exhibition is on until 27th August so be sure to check it out!