If we can find a silver lining for 2020, it’s that it’s put our local communities to the top of our agendas. While living in a digital world can sometimes have us operating like global design citizens, the bans on international flights and large events have had us all looking a little closer to home. And what perfect timing: we’re living in a society that is re-learning to value craftsmanship and true artisans, we’re looking for materials that are sustainable and practices that are ethical, we are seeking quality and timelessness as the ultimate antidote to design trends that are made to be temporary.
So this year, let us help you uncover the magic of your local design world with Super Design. We’ve lined up artisans who live and breathe local design, brands who specialise in creating products crafted from their local resources and designers who build spaces intimately connected to their spatial context. Join in the talks, experience the events and be inspired to discover design that is just beyond your door.
Tint presents: Love Local
Sourcing local materials, finishes and furniture has become de rigueur. But is it a priority? In today’s local design and manufacturing economy, what are the pros and cons of ‘keeping it local’? In this panel we ask Todd Hammond (Hammond Studio), Jean-Pierre Biasol (Biasol), Lily Goodwin (Pattern Studio), Alice Nadja Sehovic (Architects EAT) and Djordje Dikic (Tint Paint) what is feeding growing consumer demand? And what are the opportunities and challenges that arise from building supply while keeping it local?
This session is brought to you by Tint, a technology company who have their hearts, minds and brushes in paint to help make decorating spaces fun, simple and rewarding.
Cantilever presents: A Future-Proofed Approach to Design
Design for longevity is not just a value, it’s a way of life. And it all begins with the designer and manufacturer. Meet four of Australia’s most sustainably led design brands as they discuss their distinct approach to design for longevity and unique vision for modern living.
This session is brought to you by Cantilever Interiors, a design focussed kitchen manufacture company, committed to creating user-centred products designed and made for longevity. Cantilever believes that Australia has a unique design culture, informed by our diverse heritage and influenced by our unique landscape.
Design Nation presents: Women Indesign: Collaborative Partnerships and Making a First Impression
When Angela Kasimis purchased a derelict corner block in Sydney’s inner city suburb of Glebe, she was taking a leap into the unknown. With no formal hospitality or design experience, she had visions of a boutique wine bar that traded grunge for something decidedly more continental. Enter Pattern Studio, who took Kasimis’ ideas and transformed them into reality, with No. 92 emerging as a refined destination with an approach to design and hospitality that is rich, evocative and immersive. In this session, Kasimis (No. 92) and Lily Goodwin (Pattern Studio) come together to reflect on their collaboration and the magic that comes from a strong working relationship between client and designer.
This session is brought to you by Design Nation, who have spent the last 20 years curating a carefully considered selection of local and global designer furniture and lighting. Their products are designed to make you feel differently, and transform the way you live and work every day.
Artisan presents: Discover Artisan: Crafted by Hand, Inspired by Nature
“We have known wood our entire life, from the forest we played in as children…” – Fadil
The Ćostović family grew up surrounded by forest in the former Yugoslavia – made up of five brothers and a hardworking mother. The eldest of the five boys, heavily influenced by his grandfather who was a self-taught craftsman continued the legacy and love of wood.
This session shares the story of Artisan founder Fadil Ćostović, whose family’s appreciation and multi-generational connection to wood not only survived family tragedy and war but has gone on to become an award-winning design and innovation manufacturer located in Bosnia, which specialises in the manual production of high-quality furniture made from solid wood, their insistence on manual artisan work is what sets them apart. Artisan’s passion and understanding of the timber used resonates within each piece the craftsmen’s hand’s touch.
“Artisan is a realisation of my dreams” – Fadil
Cult presents: Cocktail Hour! Four Pillars Gin x Cult
Join Cult Design and Four Pillars Gin for an exclusive cocktail hour discussing drinks, design and the story behind the world’s most awarded (and arguably most delicious) craft gin brand.
Straight from the new Four Pillars Laboratory in Sydney’s Surry Hills, Cocktail Hour! brings together the creators, makers, designers and drinkers responsible for bringing the new Sydney gin hub to life.
Four Pillars Co-Founder Matt Jones will be joined by YSG Studio’s Yasmine Ghoniem (the award-winning interior designer responsible for conceiving the space), Cult Design Founder Richard Munao and acclaimed designer Tom Fereday for a 45-minute panel discussion and an exclusive cocktail masterclass. Over a cocktail (or three) our leading panel of experts will debrief on the unique and immersive design of the gin bar and the custom-made, Australian-designed furniture inside.
See you at Cocktail Hour!
Didier presents: Interior Landscaping with the New Puffalo Universal Group
After the successful introduction of the deluxe Puffalo lounging, Ross Didier has extended the collection and created a significant new modular program called the Puffalo Universal Group. Be there as the collection is officially launched!
Universal Group brings a softer and more human centric approach to non-residential interiors including a broad selection of sofa modules, desking, ottomans, tablet tables and partition screens, where the pieces can be simply joined-together then reconfigured without any specialist skills or tools. Made in Melbourne and endlessly adaptable, this versatile furniture collection offers boundless inspiration for creating interior landscapes from the largest communal environments to the smallest private pods, allowing designers to freely tailor distinctive configurations and play with fabrics, colours, materials, and timber finishes.
Porta presents: Well, Designed: Health and Wellbeing in Post-Pandemic Times
Personal wellness has never felt so important. More than just a lifestyle pursuit, health and wellbeing has quickly become an everyday imperative for home, work, and within the public sphere.
Join Alicia McKimm (Golden), Dale O’Brien (Gray Puksand), Richard Healy (Bates Smart) and Lisa Gasperotti (Porta Mouldings) as we explore the meaning of wellness in a post-pandemic world, how biophilic design can influence our lives for the better and how designers are creating a roadmap for better living going forward.
This session is brought to you by Porta, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of decorative timber products to the home improvement, building, trade and commercial sectors.
Tilt Industrial Design presents: Meeting of Minds: John Wardle and Durbach Block Jaggers in Conversation with Jan Henderson
In this session renowned architect John Wardle and Camilla and Neil from Durbach Block Jaggers come together to discuss Sydney’s new Phoenix Central Park.
This extraordinary gallery and performance space originated with a flexible, open-ended brief. In this intimate one-hour session, we gain rare insight from both architect and client, as they discuss the inception and fruition of this once-in-a-lifetime project.
This session is brought to you by Tilt Industrial Design, whose team of dedicated and experienced industrial designers, fabricators and engineers, push the boundaries to work with the latest technologies, materials and manufacturing techniques to help our clients achieve innovative design outcomes.