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Design in Brisbane

September 22, 2008

This past week was the antithesis of the previous one… With little time spent in the studio working on my designs, I was instead out and about participating in a great week of Brisbane design events.

Tuesday night was spent at Living Edge for the launch of Christina Waterson’s Komodo series. This range of forms are created with a single element, which when repeated, modified and interlocked compose screens, wall-works and the basis for site-specific architectural and infrastructure responses. The invitation to her launch stated: “Waterson’s works are scaled to the city and the individual, permanent and temporary, but always concerned with the nature of materials and the phenomenology of making.” This couldn’t be truer. Beautiful work Christina!

I attended the 7th instalment of Pecha Kucha at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Thursday night, which was the unofficial commencement of Brisbane InDesign 2008. For those not in the know, Pecha Kucha is a worldwide phenomenon. Beginning in Toyko in 2003, this renowned design presentation format (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) was pioneered by Klein Dytham Architecture. It is patented to keep the presentations concise, inspiring, interesting and to the point and provides a relaxed forum for designers to present and showcase their work, skills and ideas. This is always a dynamic event learning about various creative practices and styles of presenting work.

Saturday at Brisbane InDesign was massive! From 10am-6pm my partner and I pounded the pavement with over 4000 other design professionals and flooded Brisbane design showrooms to view the latest and hottest local, national and international products. This event provides an unrivalled opportunity to discover new networking opportunities, sample products and develop ideas and relationships.

A great new space at the top of Light Street, Fortitude Valley opened in time for the event, appropriately named Light Space. It will function as a multi-purpose space promoting business, arts, fashion, music and new media through events, display and education. Light Space hosted the QUT Student show, which featured some well-considered prototypes and kicked off their collaboration with education.

We revisited Christina Waterson’s installation at Living Edge, which for me was the highlight of the day. We finished off with the wrap party at The Fox Hotel sipping champagne, debating and storytelling!

This was an inspiring week, loaded with visual stimulus and tons of information. I gained a great deal from viewing prototypes, learning about collaborations between designers and manufacturers, presentation and maintaining a cohesive approach to the overall product through promotion and documentation.

The week ahead will see me in the studio for the best part of 4 days. Again, working on my designs – this will prove to be an intensive week. Really looking forward to it!

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