Sydney Design Festival 2019 – 5 Must-Sees

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Sydney Design Festival 2019 brings inspiring exhibitions, talks and workshops to town. Here are five Fizz faves for getting your design on!

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Sydney Design Festival is back for 2019, unpacking new design, sharing emerging and established talents, and tackling design challenges. This year’s theme is ‘Accessing Design’, making design accessible to fresh audiences, with the action spread beyond the obvious inner-city hot spots. Running from 1 to 10 March – but with many shows lasting longer – the festival also shines a light on local design, including indigenous creativity, hosting events from exhibitions to talks, workshops, open studios, screenings and parties. Here are five of our #SDF19 Fizz faves…

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TOP: Sydney Design Festival keynote speaker Rachel Wingfield of Loop.pH with a range of dynamic past projects. ABOVE: Loop.pH’s ‘Arborescence’ installation for 2014’s Amsterdam Light Festival, proposing a future hybrid of trees and street lighting harnessing the studio’s signature bio-luminescence. Think sustainable ‘living lighting’

FESTIVAL KEYNOTE: RACHEL WINGFIELD OF LOOP.PH
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
8 March (6pm-8pm)

London designer Rachel Wingfield, co-founder with Mathias Gmachl of Loop.pH, will give the festival keynote speech at Ultimo’s Powerhouse Museum. Launched in 2003, their spatial laboratory is known for cross-disciplinary designs that combine digital, light, art and craft details, often in public spaces. Exploring design, architecture and science, Loop.pH’s intriguing installations and experiences harness diverse materials from LEDs, electro-luminous fibres and NASA’s reflective silver mylar to carbon, bamboo and algae. Buy tickets to the talk online or check out Wingfield’s collaborative workshop ‘Archilace’ on Sunday 10 March (3pm-5pm).

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ABOVE: Mungo Scott Flour Mill, historic home to authentic Australian design showcase ‘Home.Grown’ in Summer Hill

HOME.GROWN//DISCOVERING AUSTRALIAN DESIGN
Mungo Scott Flour Mill, 2 Smith Street, Summer Hill
8-10 March

A three-day celebration of Australian furniture, lighting and home furnishings, ‘Home.Grown’ is presented by the Authentic Design Alliance and curated by its director Anne-Maree Sargeant. Expect three halls over two levels featuring exhibitions, installations and pop-ups, championing locally designed and made products and homegrown talents. All up you’ll discover around 175 designers and 100 brands. Ground Floor Hall 1 features a combined showcase of designers and smaller independent brands, spanning innovative lighting by Lumil, rugs by Designer Rugs and stylish storage by Sagitine, alongside a pop-up mini mart of Australian homewares available to buy from top3 by design. Installations occupy Ground Floor Hall 2, including ‘Undervalued’ by Nick Rennie, ‘Project Replica’ by Mitch Tobin, ‘Brand a Fake’ by ADA, ‘Used by 3018’ by Will Thompson, a Mercedes-Benz Design Award display and atmospheric photos of the historic venue itself. Upstairs, the First Floor Gallery presents curated zones by 10 established Australian design brands, including Nau, Catapult, Didier, Furnished Forever and Artedomus (‘New Volumes’). Talks, starring talents including Adam Goodrum, Adam Cornish and Christina Bricknell, tackle issues affecting the country’s design scene. The location is a wow too, with the event taking over the 1922 Mungo Scott Flour Mill. A free preview afternoon on Friday 8 March is by RSVP only; for the weekend, buy advance tickets cheaper online or snap them up at the door.

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ABOVE: Trent Jansen’s ‘Tidal Lounger’ chairs and ‘Tidal Coffee Table’, made from premium stainless steel wire for Australian outdoor living brand Tait, feature in ADC’s exhibition ‘Steel’

STEEL: ART DESIGN ARCHITECTURE
Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst
Until 3 April (closed Sundays and Mondays)

Discover the innovative ways artists, designers and architects are using steel in the 21st century at this major touring exhibition from Adelaide’s JamFactory. Free to visit at Darlinghurst’s Australian Design Centre, it showcases the work of 29 Australian creatives, including Korban/Flaubert’s bold steel sculptures, Trent Jansen’s wave-inspired ‘Tidal’ outdoor furniture collection for Tait, and BVN’s graphic Australian PlantBank research building at Mount Annan in New South Wales. A selection of steely works is also displayed across the road at Stylecraft’s showroom (24/100 William Street). Fancy some craft shopping? ADC hosts a Makers Market on Saturday 9 March (10am-4pm), featuring more than 27 local makers.

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ABOVE: ‘Purple with Black, White and Blue’ photo (detail) by Jon Setter, part of the artist’s exhibition ‘The Urban Text’ at design store Koskela

JON SETTER: THE URBAN TEXT
Koskela, 1/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Until 31 March

This series of 12 minimal photographs explores the unnoticed aspects of urban environments and our everyday streetscapes. Detroit-born, Sydney-based Jon Setter’s free exhibition ‘The Urban Text’ is on show at inspiring design store Koskela in Rosebery, so call in for a culture fix, then stick around to shop for Australian-made furniture, homewares and accessories. The artworks are available to buy as unframed prints in three sizes, and their abstract, graphic, simple, colour-block style will look a treat on your wall. Feeling peckish? Three Blue Ducks cafe shares this atmospheric former factory space.

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ABOVE: Bernabei Freeman’s contemporary ceramic ‘Hybrid Vessel’ (2018), incorporating 3D-printed ABS and handwoven rattan, is part of digital craft show ‘Femufacture’ at The Japan Foundation

FEMUFACTURE: JAPANESE AND AUSTRALIAN DESIGN
The Japan Foundation Gallery, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Until 30 March (closed Sundays)

Lovers of craft and design will enjoy cutting-edge exhibition ‘Femufacture’, which explores the interface of craft traditions and digital fabrication technologies. Hosted by The Japan Foundation Gallery, upstairs in Chippendale’s Central Park mall, it features new works by Japanese and Australian women including 3D-printed ceramic and hand-woven rattan vessels by Melbourne’s Bernabei Freeman (Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman). Mediums include weaving, wood turning, indigo-dyeing, paper cut, silversmithing and knitting, combined with 3D printing, CNC machining, coding and robotics. The show also includes wearable technology by light artist Erina Kashihara, who joins the gallery’s free panel discussion to mark International Women’s Day (8 March, 6.30pm-8pm).

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Sydney Design Festival 2019 runs until Sunday 10 March at venues across the city, but many events continue beyond this weekend. For more inspiration check out SDF’s suggested itineraries, from free and family-friendly ideas to sustainable thinking and design after dark.

The Big Design Market Melbourne

For stylish Christmas gifts get down to The Big Design Market in Melbourne this weekend

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

For three inspiring days of Christmas shopping, backdropped by alluring architecture and fuelled by gourmet food and drink, make for The Big Design Market in Melbourne, from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December at Carlton Gardens' Royal Exhibition Building. This homegrown design fair has won a loyal following over the last few years for its cred line-up of local talent, with 2016 gathering more than 230 designers for your delectation. Expect handmade crafts, design, homewares, fashion, jewellery, cards, art, accessories, kids' kit and more, drawn from Australian and international independents.

Look out for bespoke installations by guest artists too, including vibrant paper hangings by Benja Harney of Paperform, who has worked with fashion labels Hermès, Kenzo, Adidas and Romance Was Born, plus the Kaldor Public Art Projects. Mornington Peninsula furniture firm Industria X has also collaborated with six designers – including ceramicists Bridget Bodenham and Leah Jackson, and artist Leah Bartholomew – to create custom stools for the cocktail lounge.

TOP: Benja Harney's vibrant paper art will decorate the market
ABOVE: LED neon lighting by Electric Confetti; 'Bell Tent' by Homecamp, ideal for creating airy garden rooms; The Australian-designed 'Cape Classic' blanket from the 'Eastern Point' collection by Kate & Kate

Fizz picks include Electric Confetti's rainbow-bright neon lighting; Here and Far's graphic Japanese ceramics; Cottage Industry's kooky local crafts; and TheSuperCool and Design Dispensary for global design finds. Able and Game and Surfing Sloth are your go-tos for witty local cards. For art, visit Studio Cockatoo and Heide Museum of Modern Art's stalls. Corky Saint Clair and Bride & Wolf will kit you out in quirky modern jewellery. Also look out for contemporary South Australian furniture, lighting and accessories on the JamFactory stand. Memobottle's slimline water vessels and Orbitkey's ergonomic key fobs are great for guys; gals will love Kleins Perfumery and Leif for Australian native-inspired toiletries. For eco design, the Melb-made 'Rhombus' table trivets from Champ Co are formed from recycled aeroplane tyres.

ABOVE: Carlton's Royal Exhibition Building hosts The Big Design Market; Powder-coated steel 'Minimo' table-top plant stand by Capra Designs, shown with eco resin pot; Leah Bartholomew's artworks, including 'Philodendron' and 'Xanadu' acrylics on timber board, and 'Stay with Me' acrylic on canvas; Industria X stools in collaboration with Leah Bartholomew, Bridget Bodenham and Leah Jackson, featured in the cocktail lounge

You can eat and drink local too, with Melbourne foodie faves Beatbox Kitchen, Misschu, Taco Truck and Earl Canteen serving up snacks, LuxBite and Gelato Messina keeping the sweet treats coming, Sensory Lab serving coffee, and Port Melbourne's Starward Whisky, Merricks General Wine StoreSofi Spritz and cider co-op Faire Ferments pouring quality drops.

ABOVE: 'Geo Floral' shoulder bag handprinted with teal foiling by Tinker by Printink Studio; Orbitkey's key organiser in aqua; Botanical body balm by Leif; Kid-friendly 'Kinetic Sand' includes a bonding agent, making it easy to sculpt; 'Broad Strokes' digitally printed dog bed and 'Confetti' leather collar by Nice Digs; Melbourne's Sensory Lab will be brewing coffee

Fancy putting your own talents to the test? Then why not join in with the market's creative workshops? You can design and block-print tea towels with Home-Work, create and decorate rope baskets with Gemma Patford, make block-printing stamps to customise cards and gift wrap with Beci Orpin, or learn the trade secrets of terrariums with Petite Green. Sessions are selling out fast, so get in quick. Rock up early for a chance to buy a designer showbag ($25 each, but worth $200), limited to 300 each day and drawn from the stallholders (think sneaky presents for your posse). Remember, it's the thought that counts...
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ABOVE: Workshops include block-printing with Home-Work and basket decorating with Gemma Patford


The Big Design Market is at Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, from 2-4 December 2016; Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm; adults $2, free for kids 12 and under. See our earlier post for more on Sydney's market last week