'Design-Made': A new era in Australian design

‘Design-Made’: A new era in Australian design


Last night I attended the preview of Design-Made – a new event for the design hunter and design curious

Aiming to educate the wider Australian community of designers and consumers about the importance of supporting original design, Design Made, formed by Anne-Maree Sargeant from Authentic Design Alliance and Kobe Johns from Factory Design District, is committed to showcasing the latest ‘design made’ products, brands and creators to enhance home, living and life.
Design-Made strives to shift cultural awareness and change in buyer behaviour, underpinned by the need to support original design, local makers and the distributors and importers of globally recognised products.
What is design? And how much do we know and care about the things we surround ourselves with? It’s time for us to change the way we look at purchasing new items and to move away from the disposable culture that we’ve become so accustomed to. In years gone by, well-designed items were passed down through generations because they were made to last. We need to take a step back to that, so we can in fact move forward to a more sustainable future.

'Design-Made': A new era in Australian design
Anne-maree Sargeant

As Anne-Maree Sargeant explains, “Helming the Authentic Design Alliance during the past two years has made it apparent that it’s time to show, not just tell. So, we created a platform that celebrates not only originality but authentic processes while connecting the audience directly to the creators, makers and distributors of original products.”

The event, which runs from 27 – 29 October 2017, includes installations and collectives:

Collective: A curated installation of limited edition, one off and gallery level work

Interpretations: Created by Andre w Simpson, featuring the work of eight leading Australian designers

Local Design: Design deconstructed, onside making and design process experience

Design Tasmania: A site specific installation designed by Elliat Rich and Claire Scorpo

First Design: Showcase of indigenous design

26 Original Fakes: Curated by Dale Hardiman and Tom Skeehan

Mud Australia Pop-up store

Design-Made – Discovery: Three days of workshops and talks

Outdoor Living: Sculpture garden, curated outdoor spaces and garden parties

'Design-Made': A new era in Australian design
Kobe Johns

Kobe Johns explains, “The last two iterations of Factory Design District have been building up to this – the launch of a significant and progressive design event for the Sydney calendar. It’s time there was an event that promotes the community of design in Australia and champions the message that design is for everyone.”

Supported by Good Design Australia, and partners Fisher & Paykel, Sunstudios, Banki Haddock Fiora lawyers, Febrick and JP Finsbury, along with many additional brands, Design-Made is design made for everyone.

For more information

Factory Design District

Authentic Design Alliance