Lee Broom – Park Life

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British designer Lee Broom reveals ‘Park Life’, a dazzling pop-up exhibition in a car park in Sydney

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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UK design talent Lee Broom is known for glamorous lighting, furniture and accessories. His shows are just as cutting-edge, with the rising star previously exhibiting his work in a mock department store, a mobile van (albeit one tricked out with an elegant room interior) and on a fairground carousel. Now Broom is taking over an underground car park below Space’s Sydney furniture showroom for ambitious pop-up ‘Park Life’, sharing his new lights with the public in a modernist maze. The Alexandria installation will be his largest to date, covering 4,000 square feet, with the free exhibition running from 14 to 20 March.

‘I am delighted to return to Australia to present this exciting exhibition with Space Furniture,’ says Broom. ‘Australia has been a big supporter of my work for many years and it is an honour to create such a significant installation to showcase my collection in Sydney.’

TOP: The entrance to Sydney’s subterranean ‘Park Life’ maze pavilion, with Lee Broom flanked by his ‘Orion Globe’ and ‘Orion Tube’ lights. ABOVE RIGHT: Fix up, look sharp… London lighting designer Lee Broom before he turned blonde for his Australian tour

A former actor and fashion designer, Broom is known for his trademark sharp look, teaming simple classic and street-savvy details. His designs also reinterpret classical styles in contemporary ways, giving them an unexpected edge. Expect more striking fusions at immersive experience ‘Park Life’, where he’ll be transforming the raw, concrete, industrial car park into his take on a trad English garden.

ABOVE: Lee Broom’s surreal modernist garden maze ‘Park Life’ in Sydney, a beautifully resolved installation featuring his lighting, accessories and furniture in a series of 16 illuminated room sets. Enchanting vignettes play with ideas from chess boards and Newton’s Cradles to cascading waterfalls and trompe l’oeil reflections

Channelling a meandering maze, the pop-up will take guests on ‘a poetic journey of discovery through hidden passageways, with tableaus and vignettes,’ says Broom, showcasing his lighting, furniture and accessories. Inspiration hails from 18th-century pleasure gardens, with their mazes and miniature waterways, amusing visitors with the latest art, architecture, music and illuminations. However, Broom gives the concept a modernist spin, aiming to create a sense of escapism, entertainment and drama.

ABOVE: More mesmerising moments from the ‘Park Life’ pavilion. A white polycarbonate box within the concrete car park, its interconnecting spaces are lined with pale gravel, with designs displayed beside classical statues on boxy, layered plinths. Black acrylic, cut-outs and mirror add surprise to surfaces

If Broom’s mind-bending 2017 trompe l’oeil installation ‘On Reflection’ at his London showroom is anything to go by, design hunters should be in for a treat. Broom chose to show in Sydney, not Milan this year, reaching out to his Australian and Asia-Pacific fanbase, and has put all his creative energy into crafting a surreally beautiful space, guaranteed to whisk visitors into wonderland.

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ABOVE: Lee Broom’s new ‘Eclipse’ pendant lights, updated in polished gold, will be showcased at the pop-up

Debuting at the ‘Park Life’ installation is a new version of Broom’s award-winning ‘Eclipse’ light in a polished gold finish, a warmer, softer interpretation of the original chrome. Like an elegant mobile, these sculptural pendants look different from every angle, with mirror-polished gold and acrylic discs interacting, simultaneously eclipsing and revealing their charms.

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: ‘Eclipse’ chandelier three piece in sheeny gold. The design also comes as a table lamp, with all three variations available to order from April. Broom’s ‘Orion Tube’ and ‘Orion Globe’ pendant lights in polished gold

‘Park Life’ is part of Broom’s wider #LBTour of Asia and Australia, which has seen him give design talks at Space’s showrooms in Singapore for Singapore Design Week (4-17 March), and Brisbane, with another to come at Space Melbourne on 14 March (6pm-9pm) for Melbourne Design Week (14-24 March). Design fans can buy tickets to the Melbourne event, in which Broom will chat about his career, global brand and the experimental nature of design. Plans are also afoot for him to talk at ECC’s Auckland showroom in New Zealand. Don’t miss this illuminating talent…
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ABOVE: Broom’s circular ‘Carousel XL’ pendant light in matte black at the installation, inspired by British fairground merry-go-rounds

Free exhibition ‘Park Life’ is at Space, 84 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, Sydney, from 14 to 20 March 2019 (open daily 10am to 5pm); a launch evening on 13 March is by invite only. Lee Broom’s products are available exclusively in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia from Space Furniture. His ticketed Melbourne talk is at Space, 629 Church Street, Richmond, on 14 March (6pm-9pm)

Pictures: Craig Wall (Sydney installation)

Design-Made 2017

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Indie festival Design-Made celebrates Australian design talent in Sydney

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Sydney's debut independent contemporary design festival, Design-Made, kicks off in Alexandria this week, showcasing a veritable Who's Who of more than 50 Australian talents. Expect a three-day programme packed with product launches, thought-provoking exhibitions and curated installations from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October, including cutting-edge furniture, lighting and accessories. The atmospheric main venue is former woodshed Sunstudios, normally used for photo shoots, with a few offshoot talks at the nearby Fischer & Paykel Experience Centre.

Founded by Kobe Johns of Factory Design District and Authentic Design Alliance director Anne-Maree Sergeant, Design-Made celebrates Australia-wide design, with an emphasis on original, local design and quality craftsmanship, engaging visitors in the creative process. You can watch Melbourne potter Colin Hopkins of Porcelume shaping porcelain lighting shades on a wheel, while listening to his own musical score (the results are represented by Spence & Lyda). Leather-cutting and print-making are also on display.

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Homegrown and international brands will share their collections – from Mud Australia to Cult and Singaporean furniture firm Castlery (collaborating on a new range with Australian designer Charles Wilson) – alongside an impressive roll call of independent designers and studios. It's a rare opportunity for Australian talents to show their work across diverse brands on their own stands, including Adam Cornish, Ross Gardam, Jonathan West, and the three Toms – Tom Fereday, Tom Skeehan and Tomek Archer. Free and ticketed talks and workshops allow you to get hands-on, plus there are parties to pep you up. Here are 10 FizzPicks to whet your appetite...

TOP AND BELOW: Ross Gardam's new 'Noon' collection at Alexandria's Design-Made show, including coffee table and mirrors
ABOVE: Furniture-maker Jonathan West's gleaming cabinet

'Noon' collection by Ross Gardam
Australian furniture and lighting designer Ross Gardam will be unveiling his graphic new 'Noon' collection of wall mirrors and coffee tables, made in Melbourne. Subtly exploring the passage of time,  the tables come in two sizes with surfaces including timber veneer, laminate, marble, and mirror, or a striking 'Tri-Cut' combination of walnut, marble and black glass (available from Stylecraft). The mirrors, set back from timber frames, feature clear, bronze and black finishes, or opt for wow factor with the 'Tri-Cut' configuration incorporating all three.


'Paperclip' collection by Seaton Mckeon
Sydney-trained industrial designer Seaton Mckeon's new outdoor furniture range 'Paperclip' for Stylecraft will be exhibited for the first time, styled by Jason Grant. Formed from powered-coated steel, the clean-lined, modernist-influenced collection consists of a stackable lounge chair (with Merbau timber armrests), chair, bar stool and low stool, bound to add graphic attitude to gardens. Finishes include wire and laser-cut perforated sheet metal, with a seductive choice of Dulux colours, from rusty reds to deep blues and eucalypt greens, as well as black, white and grey.

ABOVE: Seaton Mckeon's 'Paperclip' outdoor furniture collection for Stylecraft, including lounge chairs with wooden armrests, stackable chairs in green; and low stools in green and white


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'Igneous' wall light by Ash Allen and James Walsh
Crafted from upcycled bluestone waste, sourced locally, the new 'Igneous' light is by Melbourne designers Ash Allen and James Walsh, presented by Australian brand Catapult. Victorian bluestone is synonymous with Melbourne's architecture, but quarrying generates waste. The pair melted bluestone powder in a kiln to create this striking textured, patterned version of the stone, with a goldy-blue surface set off perfectly by the light's shadowplay. The gorgeous modern wall sconces are made to order, in two sizes, and feature a central gold-dipped bulb.

ABOVE: Meaning 'from fire', the 'Igneous' wall light by Ash Allen and James Walsh is crafted from waste bluestone powder using extreme heat


Good Design Australia showcase
Good Design Australia, a veteran prize dating back to 1958, will showcase recent Good Design Awards winners in furniture and lighting. Highlights include Canberra-based Tom Skeehan's minimal, Japanese-inspired 'Hoshi' collection of armchairs, benches and ottomans for Stylecraft, Adam Goodrum's ergonomic 'Bower' work-pod/seating screens and sculptural 'Malloy' chair for Cult design store's new Australian collection 'NAU', and Charles Wilson's 'Carafe' table for Herman Miller.

ABOVE: Recent Good Design Awards winners including Tom Skeehan's 'Hoshi' lounge collection of seating, benches, side tables and ottomans for Stylecraft, Adam Goodrum's 'Bower' screened desks and seats for Cult, and Charles Wilson's 'Carafe' table for Herman Miller


'LD' wallpapers by Local Design
Collaborative Sydney-based label Local Design is launching an eight-strong range of graphic, contemporary printed wallpapers, with Australian contributors including the label's creative director Emma Elizabeth, Kate BanaziDaniel Emma, Shilo EngelbrechtTom Fereday, Dowel Jones, Fiona Lynch and Tom Skeehan. Durable enough for use in schools, hospitals and public spaces, the large-scale papers are eco-friendly, due to their low chemical emissions. Banazi will be screen-printing 100 limited-edition prints at the installation, available for sale.

ABOVE: The brand-new 'LD' wallpapers by Local Design


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'Boulder' side tables by Dinosaur Designs
Best known for resin tableware and jewellery, Sydney's Dinosaur Designs unveils a box-fresh new collection of 'Boulder' side tables at Design-Made. Inspired by rock formations, as well as the serene palette of Stonehenge and Giorgio Morandi's still-life paintings, the hand-crafted pieces come in swirly whites, creams, blacks and greys.

ABOVE: Dinosaur Designs' new 'Boulder' collection of resin side tables


'Interpretations V' exhibition
A biannual group show exploring materials, 'Interpretations V' tasked eight Australian designers to explore paper (cellulose), in an exhibition curated by Vert Design's Andrew Simpson. Innovative prototypes include Tom Skeehan's 'SO' tactile paper light fixtures, formed from traditionally dyed pulped paper; Tom Fereday's timber-framed 'Pieman' chairs with woven paper cord seats and backs; Elliat Rich (of Elbowrkshp)'s pebble-like textured paper sculptures '7 Rounds', including photographic hints of hands; and Charles Wilson's delicate oval 'Lirio' picnic plates, intended to be held with a wine glass in one hand.

ABOVE: Paper prototypes for materials showcase 'Interpretations V', including Tom Skeehan's 'SO' paper lights in soft pastels, Tom Fereday's cord-strung 'Pieman' chairs; Elliat Rich's '7 Rounds' pebble sculptures, and Charles Wilson's 'Lirio' picnic plates


'Stitchfield' 2017 installation
Interactive installation 'Stitchfield', commissioned by Design Tasmania, is a modern update of a weaving or knitting circle. Suspended above Sunstudios' entry lounge, the gleaming metallic 'wave' is formed from interconnecting brass components, devised by Melbourne architect Claire Scorpo and Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich. It will be lowered twice a day during the festival, encouraging visitors to join the gathering of makers crafting this communal work-in-progress.

ABOVE: Interactive brass hanging 'Stitchfield', formed from circular components, will be expanded by visitors during the show


'26 Original Fakes' exhibition
Curated by Dale Hardiman and Tom Skeehan, 26 Original Fakes is a group show in the atrium highlighting Australia's unfortunate status as the 'Wild West' of fake designer furniture. With insufficient copyright laws protecting both established and emerging product designers, this show, backed by the Authentic Design Alliance, invited 26 Australian designers to riff on British talent Jasper Morrision's much-copied 'Hal' chair for Vitra, distributed here by Living Edge. Look out for Tom Fereday's 'Shadow Chair', a cast concrete form representing the negative space under a replica 'Hal' chair, suggesting that by buying rip-offs you are left with nothing but a shadow of the original.

ABOVE: Exhibition '26 Original Fakes' includes designs hacking replicas of Jasper Morrison's 2010 'Hal' chair for Vitra, including Tom Fereday's cast concrete 'Shadow Chair', Daast studio's 'Royalties Paid' chair engraved with a satirical letter from the Australian government, and Jon Goulder's Sydney Opera House-inspired chair, itself a rip-off of fellow exhibitor Andrew Simpson's earlier replica of a replica!


ABOVE: 'Light Hut' tiny house by duo Fresh Prince, outside the Sunstudios entrance, illuminated at night

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Finally, just outside Sunstudios, 'Light Hut' champions the tiny house movement. Designed by Sydney studio Fresh Prince, this outdoor sanctuary is a small moveable structure that 'sheds the weight of a modern dwelling to return to bare, essential shelter.' Here's to treading the Earth more lightly...
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Design-Made runs from 27 to 29 October over two locations in Alexandria – Sunstudios (42 Maddox Street) and Fischer & Paykel Experience Centre (96 Bourke Road). Opening hours are Friday 27 (10am-6pm), Saturday 28 (10am-5pm) and Sunday 29 (10am-4pm); $10 on the door.

Sydney Indesign 2017

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Sydney Indesign 2017 brings two days of design fun to town, from product launches to happening precincts 

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Whether you're in the design industry or simply a passionate design hunter, Sydney Indesign will tempt you out to play. Held every two years, it hits town this Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August, offering '2 Days, 4 Districts, 50 exhibitors, 300+ brands and $50,000 of prizes to be won!' Just register for free at any participating showroom to join in the fun, which includes product launches, special projects, seminars and design store gatherings. Cue bubbles!

For #SID17, the action is focussed on Sydney's growing inner-south design precincts, Alexandria and Waterloo, with a host of design showrooms and studios welcoming visitors across both districts. In Alexandria, look out for LightCo (100 Collins Street) celebrating a new lighting collaboration, and Savage Design (40-42 O'Riordan Street), launching its 'Dave', 'Dale' and 'Rob' ranges of architectural hardware. In Waterloo, Cafe Culture + Insitu's pop-up (1F Danks Street) will showcase the 'Rail' modular office table system by German duo Kaschkasch for Zeitraum.

ABOVE: Vibrant outdoor 'Vega' aluminium wicker chairs and bistro table by Maiori at Obodo, which will showcase new designs at The Venue

Alexandria also features two curated multi-brand group shows. The Venue (55 Doody Street) hosts around 30 select design brands, including furniture, lighting, outdoor living, surface materials and more. Look out for fab modernist-inspired, Minneapolis-born brand Blu Dot, launching its 'Cat's Pajamas' lounge chair, as well as Hong Kong-based designer Sean Dix's four fresh furniture launches for Obodo. Get a taste for Dutch contemporary design at NL Curated, prior to its Surry Hills pop-up this October, or savour Japanese and British talent at Sydney-based SeehoSu's stand, sharing designs by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison for Maruni.

ABOVE: Blu Dot's new ash and bent powder-coated steel 'Cat's Pajamas' lounge chair, featured at The Venue, available in five colour combinations

Discover a dozen more brands at group show B2 Studios (46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria), which features Sydney talent Tom Fereday's work for Dessein, Gavin Harris's new 'Toku' range for Australian furniture-maker Schiavello, plus Melbourne label Didier's latest furniture and local industrial design studio So Watt's freshest creations in Pioneer, the show's dedicated Australian design hub.

Planning a visit? Both design districts and the two multi-brand zones will be open on Friday from noon to 6pm (with various Up Late Events at select venues from 6pm until 10pm), and on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. A free hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus on Saturday will help you move between venues. Check out Sydney Indesign's website for an online handbook and maps, list of timed events, the thought-provoking ticketed seminar series (starring international guest speakers) and 15 collaborative installations under The Project banner (this year's theme is 'Click', exploring instant connectivity). See you out on the design trail...
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Sydney Design Festival Top 12: Part 2

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In Part 2 of our hot design dozen, we round up six more must-see events at Sydney Design Festival 2016

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Want to make the most of Sydney Design Festival? Our FizzPicks bring you 12 of the best events in town, from talks to trend forums and larks in an urban park. Running from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 September, the festival is full of ideas and inspiration for design fans, with more than 100 events. For yesterday's first six tips see Part 1; or read on for six more suggestions...


SIX FIZZTASTIC MUST-SEES

BREAK IT TO MAKE IT
Frost, Thursday 8 September (6pm-7.30pm, $30)
16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern

In talk 'Break It To Make It', influential graphic designer Vince Frost, head of Sydney’s Frost*collective, and Andy Bateman, founder and CEO of Everyone, discuss the challenges of running a creative business, and how you often have to break your business to remake it. 'What got you here, won’t get you there!' Continue chatting next door at Cake Wines Cellar Door.


COLOUR AND TRENDS FORECAST 2017
Space Furniture, Friday 9 September (10.30am-12.30pm, DIA members $25, others $50)
84 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria

Get insights into key colours and trends for next year from industry experts care of the Design Institute of Australia's 'Colours and Trends Forecast 2017', hosted at Space Furniture’s glam Alexandria showroom. Selling out fast, so get in quick.


DIGITAL CRAFTS
Arte e Fabbricate, 9-11 September (11am-4pm)
44 Gurner Street, Paddington

An exhibition of new work by Sydney duo Bernabeifreeman (aka Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman), Digital Crafts explores the interface of craft and digital design practice, handwoven baskets and 3D fabrication. You may know the pair’s covetable collections for Australian outdoor furniture brand Tait, including graphic terrace tables, trays and planters.


BAMBOO BIKE HACK
MakerSpace &company, Saturday 10 September (10am-4pm, $60)
1/17 Barclay Street, Marrickville

Bamboo makes its eco presence felt at this bike-building hackathon, led by Indonesian designer Singgih Kartono (Spedagi and Magno), at MakerSpace &company in inner-west Marrickville. Using the Spedagi bicycle as a starting point, this is your chance to tinker and collaborate. It’s aimed at those with some experience or interest in bike building, and you can bring your own wheels along. The cost covers materials and lunch. Designs generated here will contribute towards bikes delivered to 2017's Cementa contemporary art festival in Kandos, NSW.


KORBAN/FLAUBERT OPEN STUDIO
Saturday 10 September (11am-3pm, free)
1 Hargrave Street, Paddington

Crossing the boundaries of art and design, creative pair Korban/Flaubert (Janos Korban and Stefanie Flaubert) is known for bold metalwork. Tour their new space at this Open Studio event at the iconic former Sherman Galleries building in Paddington, and see why they were nominated for 2015's prestigious Rigg Design Prize.


THE REALLY GOODS LINE DAY
Sunday 11 September (9am-4pm, free)
The Goods Line, Ultimo

This fun community day celebrates sociable urban space The Goods Line, linking Central’s Railway Square to the Powerhouse Museum, along the spine of a former elevated railway (think a compact version of New York's The High Line). Music, performances, talks, outdoor table tennis games and food trucks will occupy this award-winning linear park designed recently by ASPECT Studios. You can also enjoy botanical or architectural tours at Frank Gehry’s undulating brick Dr Chau Chak Wing Building for UTS Business School, which rears over the Goods Line. Happy #SDF16!
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Sydney Design Festival runs from 2 to 11 September 2016, with a mix of free, bookable and ticketed events. For more inspiration, see our previous five tips in Part 1.

Sydney Indesign 2015

Inspiring event Sydney Indesign will see industry pros and design hunters alike out in force this week

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Australia's premier design festival Sydney Indesign (13-15 August 2015) kicks off this Thursday, promising three days of hashtag-worthy product launches, showroom displays, installations, talks, prizes and parties. Having run for 12 years, and been hosted by five cities (including Melbourne, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Singapore), Indesign: The Event has international cachet, yet still manages to feel bespoke, boutique and local. And while it targets the trade, from interior designers and architects to retailers, specifiers and journalists, it also welcomes regular design fans, with free registration at any participating venue. So pick up a handbook, download the app and discover some fresh design finds...

ABOVE: Hub showroom in Surry Hills design precinct, which represents major international brands including Moroso
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Designs at group exhibition Galleria: 'Ombre' lights by Dennis Abalos and Haryono Setiadi for Abalos, 'Byrdie' sofa by Ross Didier for Didier and the 'Setto' low chair by Skeehan for Catapult Design.

Galleria
The event's buzzing hub Galleria takes over the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh, with an open-plan space featuring more than 70 curated brands, including furniture, lighting, rugs, kitchens and bathrooms, and fixtures and fittings. International and interstate names make the cut, as well as emerging local design houses. Don't miss new Australian talent zone Launch Pad, an exhibition of 12 finalists up for this year's prize, a grant to take their prototype to production.
Galleria, Australian Technology Park, Bay 10-14, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh; Thursday 13 August, 4pm-9pm, Friday 14-Saturday 15 August 10am-6pm

ABOVE: Must-see showrooms include Alexandria's Jardan and TCW (featuring naughtone's 'Fold' table and bench and 'Bounce' dining chairs), and Waterloo's Koda Lighting (launching 'Wireflow' pendants by Arik Levy for Vibia)

Design Precincts
Unlike many design fairs, held in boring, corporate exhibition halls, Sydney Indesign started life as a way to celebrate the showrooms of creative design brands around town. This year you can visit 30 seductive stores in six dedicated design precincts, spread around the inner-west and south, from Alexandria to Chippendale, Redfern/Waterloo, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. Download handy precinct maps, and look out for free hop-on, hop-off shuttle buses to help you connect the dots. Not only do the showrooms capture the essence of each brand, displaying their signature collections in style, but they also offer a chance to see new launches and meet the designers.
Showrooms, Friday 14-Saturday 15 August, 10am-6pm

The Project
Keep an eye out for The Project, a series of installations examining the theme of 'Ritual: The Art of Tradition', created by architects, designers, artists and studios in tandem with Indesign's exhibitors. Expect pinboards, projections and interactive fun. A multi-sensory experience by Karndean Designflooring with Latitude Group (above) explores wood as a base note for scents.

Timed Events
A feast of timed events – some ticketed, others casual – across the three days brings debates, celebrity designers, prize giveaways, and drinks and canapés to showrooms and stands around town. Check out the programme for more details. Habitus magazine will present the LiveLife Design Hunter Series of conversations, including talks at major showrooms Spence & Lyda, Living Edge and Jardan. WorkLife 2015 sees panels of experts discussing 'The Future of the Workplace' at the Indesign Podium at Galleria and select showrooms. DQ magazine's DQ RoundTable discusses design industry issues with a distinctly Sydney flavour. Book early for ticketed events as they may sell out. Finally, let your hair down at Saturday night's Wrap Party. You've earned those bubbles...
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Sydney Indesign runs from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 August 2015. Hong Kong Indesign follows from 19-20 November 2015.