SYDNEY DESIGN: 3 – 18 AUGUST 2013
Sydney's leading festival of design is back in 2013.
This year's theme Design re-think asks: can clever design save the world?
Can design transform, replenish and restore the well-being of our world to create a cleaner, more beautiful and more functional society? If design is ‘intelligence made visible’ how can designers re-think systems, products, environments and business models to preserve, enhance and nurture our planet and its people.
Stay tuned for an inspirational program featuring exhibitions, talks and events at the Powerhouse Museum and across Sydney.
RE-THINK AND GET INVOLVED
Not only can you visit Sydney Design 2013 – you can be part of it!
We are looking for Sydney-based programs which interrogate and unpack design, from installations, interventions, digital projects, exhibitions, workshops, children's programs, talks, forums, symposiums and markets to industry events, competitions, walks, tours and films.
So put your (re)thinking cap on and get involved!
GEORGE NELSON: ARCHITECT, WRITER, DESIGNER, TEACHER
A comprehensive retrospective of the work of George Nelson (1908–1986), one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century, will open at the Powerhouse Museum as part of Sydney Design 2013.
Nelson created classics of modern furniture and interior design like the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (pictured, 1956), the Ball Clock (1947), the Bubble Lamps (starting in 1952) and the Action Office (1964). He was not only a leading designer and notable architect, but also a prominent author, editor, lecturer, exhibition designer, and a passionate photographer.
In his many essays on design, he was one of the most prominent voices among his peers in reflecting on the working conditions, duties and objectives of his profession at a time when the field and its image were still in the formative years. Nelson’s conception of design as a system, his approach that went beyond mere styling and always took into consideration the greater nexus of interrelated interests and concerns as well as his achievements in the teaching of design give his oeuvre particular relevance and appeal in today’s context.
Exhibition opens as part of Sydney Design 2013
An exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum, Germany. This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Herman Miller International, Asia Pacific