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What does our new need to source locally say about our previous priori...

What does our new need to source locally say about our previous priorities? – 17 June

Up until recently sourcing local materials, finishes and furniture may have been a preference but not a priority.

Now, it might be the only option. Is the local design and manufacturing industry set up to serve the whole country, and will this reinvigorate our local industry or overload them with undue stress? What will happen when the international supply chain reopens?

Wednesday 17 June, 12.30pm AEST

Presented by:
Richard Munao, Founder & Managing Director, Cult

With a career spanning over 30 years, Richard Munao is one of Australia’s thought leaders in the furniture and design industry. He began his career as a cabinet-maker before founding Cult two decades ago in 1997. Over 20 years, Richard Cult has grown into Australia and New Zealand’s leading full-service design destination for both the retail and commercial markets, with a comprehensive collection of 30+ brand partners including Fritz Hansen, Poltrona Frau, Louis Poulsen, Gubi, HAY and more. From its grass-root beginnings in Chippendale, the Cult brand has expanded tenfold to include showrooms in Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, an office in Singapore a HAY mono-store in Sydney’s Surry Hills. In addition to founding Cult, Richard is actively involved in discovering and mentoring emerging Australian design talent, and in recent years diversified into the production, manufacture and retail of Australian design.

Nick Karlovasitis, Co-founder, DesignByThem

Nick Karlovasitis is an Industrial Designer, co-founder of DesignByThem and DIA NSW Chair. Alongside fellow designer and co-founder Sarah Gibson – together known as GibsonKarlo – Nick designs furniture, lighting and accessories as well as collaborates with designers for the curated DesignByThem collection. He has received several awards for his furniture.
Nick strongly believes in education, collaboration and sustainability, and is a frequent speaker at Universities and design events around Australia. His passion for good design has led him to create a design focused platform where Australian designers can showcase their work in Australia and abroad.

Jennifer McMaster, Principal, TRIAS

Jennifer McMaster is a director of the award-winning emerging architecture studio, TRIAS. Since its establishment in 2016, TRIAS has quickly developed a reputation for thoughtful and thorough design work based around the principles of ‘solid, simple and beautiful’ architecture. TRIAS has completed residential and cultural projects across Australia and the UK and has won numerous local and international competitions. In 2017, the studio was named one of the top twenty emerging practices in the world by Wallpaper* magazine while, in 2018, they were awarded the NSW AIA Architecture Award and the Newcastle Sustainability Award for their Three Piece House. Their installation, Four Periscopes, was also the winner of the Event category at the 2018 IDEA Awards.
Jennifer trained at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2015 with Honours. Upon graduation, she received the 2015 NSW Design Medal, the NSW AIA Graduate of the Year Award and the 2017 Archiprix International Prize. More recently, she was a participant on the 2019 Dulux Study Tour, awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects. Jennifer is also a passionate writer, speaker and educator, having taught at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. She has produced content for various podcasts, magazines and radio programs, working with organisations such as the Sydney Opera House, FBi Radio, SBS and Houses magazine. She believes wholeheartedly in the value of architecture in transforming our cities, suburbs and landscapes, and channels this mission into her studio’s architecture and advocacy.


Facilitated by: Holly Cunneen, Editor, Habitus

Holly Cunneen is the editor of Habitus and Habitus Living, a quarterly print magazine and digital counterpart providing extensive coverage of architecture and design across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Before joining Habitus, published by Indesign Media, in 2016 Holly was a writer at Grand Designs Australia. With a view that architecture has a shared responsibility to the individual and wider community, her professional trajectory has seen her chart the impacts, accomplishments, and emerging patterns of behaviour within the architecture and design community across the Asia Pacific Region.


Photo: Cult


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