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Conversations of Things New
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The exhibition 'Conversation of Things New' curated by Heidi Dokulil and held at Object Gallery, St Margaret's Complex, Sydney, September 2-24, 2006, explored 'a unique collaborative process between some of Australia's freshest and youngest designers, and Italy's rich heritage of manufacturers'. (Exhibition Catalogue, p. 4.). The designers included Abi Alice, Simone LeAmon, Matrc Newson, Steven Blaess, Susan Cohn, Berto Pandolfo, Helen Kontouris, Brodie Neill, Adam Goodrum, Lisa Vinicitorio, Brian Steendyk and Shareen Joel. The manufacturers included: Alessi; B&B Italia, Cappellini, Edra, \Erreti, Flos, Kundalini, Magis, Moroso, Oluce, Outlook Design Italis, Progetti and Serralunga. Four of my designs were selected for exhibition: JOOGE outdoor lighting fixture, BUCO door stop, LOR clock and CYL photo frame. Secondary support material presented in the exhibition included: anecdotal conversations between myself and the Italian manufacturers, sketches, photographs, prototypes and production samples of each design. Together my four designs form a unique collection of objects. They represent design projects that have utilised both advanced and low-tech manufacturing methods, they are objects manufactured by both large and small companies and they target markets both low and high. My contribution to the industrial design field demonstrates that international collaborative design projects can operate with radically different project parameters and produce innovative and diverse of design outcomes.
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