Iconic designs set to be showcased
OUR fascination with the old and exotic often causes us to miss the brilliance in design that is happening right under our noses.
The National Trust of Australia (NSW) will show off the work of our country’s leading contemporary designers, including Marc Newson, Kate Rohde and Adam Goodrum, in an upcoming exhibition.
At Home: Modern Australian Design will feature 50 iconic pieces at Old Government House in Parramatta from November 10 to January 22.
Curator and former Vogue Living editor-in-chief David Clark says using modern creations within the Georgian house makes for a fascinating juxtaposition.
“By using a historical interior, in the contrast you look at each thing afresh,” he says. “The show is mostly about furniture and objects for the home and there is a collection of interesting art pieces as well.”
Innovation and quirky features throughout the exhibition include everything from a multicoloured resin vase shaped like an antelope’s hoofs and antlers, to a tall steel lamp covered in 20,000 pieces of hand-dyed wood.
The latter is Lucy McRae’s Prickly Lamp, which uses the protective skin to represent the qualities women once needed to survive.
It is a part of Broached Commissions’ colonial collection, which Clark says was a starting point for finding modern pieces.
“They asked contemporary designers to look at aspects of Australian colonial history through design,” he says.
“I think there’s now a momentum behind Australian design in the marketplace.”
Lucy McRae’s Prickly Lamp for Broached Colonial Commissions is one of many highlights of the exhibition. Picture: Scottie Cameron
Sarah King’s Wingback Carbon Chair. Picture: Andy Lewis Below: Hoof and Antler resin vase by Kate Rohde. Picture: Andrew Barcham