Iconic de­signs set to be show­cased

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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

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