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CURRENT EXHIBITION ~ AT HOME

11 NOVEMBER 2016 - 22 JANUARY 2017 ~ OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PARRAMATTA

At Home is curated by Australian design expert David Clark to showcase objects from some of Australia’s leading contemporary designers alongside the significant Georgian furniture collection of Old Government House.

At Home celebrates the uniqueness of Australian design. Spanning almost 200 years, the objects on display throughout the House invite visitors to consider the past, present and future of Australian furniture and interior design.

Works on Show – Pregnant Chair, Jugaad With Car Parts, Sign Stool Limited Edition, Jugaad With Pottery Vessels, Sign Stool 450 and Briggs Family Tea Service.

Image Credit – Michael Wee

Curator – David Clark

Supporters – National Trust

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RECENT EXHIBITION ~ OBJECT THERAPY

14 - 30 OCTOBER 2016 ~ HOTEL HOTEL, CANBERRA

Object Therapy was part of the Hotel Hotel Fix and Make program, culminating in an exhibition of 30 broken objects that underwent therapy – treated and creatively repaired by a designer or artist. The exhibition opened at Hotel Hotel from 14-30 October, 2016.

Object Therapy was designed to encourage us to rethink our consumption patterns and re-evaluate the broken objects that surround us. It explores the role of repair in our society and its possibilities.

This project was developed by Dr. Guy Keulemans of the University of New South Wales, Niklavs Rubenis of the Australian National University and Andy Marks, and is an investigation into the culture of transformative repair as practiced by local, interstate and international artists and designers.

Trent Jansen Studio was assigned Teena Harkins’ beautifully nostalgic 1970s washing trolley. We viewed this object as a beacon of the Australian Dream, whereby every Australian family could aspire to own a backyard so large that one would require a trolley just to transport wet clothes from the fibro laundry at the back of the house, to the Hills Hoist planted dead in the centre of the yard. This was not a time of medium density living – washing machines were not squeezed in next to dishwashers in the kitchen, nor was it a time of recycled plastic, injection moulded clothes pegs.

We transformed Teena’s 1970s washing trolley into a collection of clothes pegs of the archetype used during this period, as a reminder that the quintessential Australian Dream is a thing of the past, a bygone component of an ever evolving culture. The relinquishment of the quarter acre block, the washing trolley, the Hills Hoist and the archetypal timber clothes peg is proof that Australia is a culture in flux, just like all other cultures at all times in human history.

Manufacture – Trent Jansen Studio

Materials – Used washing trolley

Production – Sydney and Illawarra, Australia

Image Credit – Lee Grant

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NEW PRODUCT

NUPTIAL FLOOR LAMP ~ DESIGN BY THEM

The Nuptial Floor Lamp was designed as a sustainable piece of lighting, aiming to be involved in a lasting personal relationship with its owner, fostered by the human characteristics that this piece possesses. This piece hopes to play an important roll in the life of its owner, thus becoming sustainable instead of disposable.

The Nuptial Floor Lamp communicates the bond that exists between two people that have been together for a very long time. Like an elderly couple that have spent their lives together, just as in love as the day they met.

The Nuptial Floor Lamp is two identical, cotton lampshades that appear to have been fused together as life-long companions.

Manufacture – DesignByThem

Materials – Styrene, steel, cotton and cable assembly

Production – Sydney, Australia

Image Credit – Pete Daly

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NEW PRODUCT

TIDAL SUN LOUNGE ~ TAIT

For many, surf culture is a quintessential aspect of a uniquely Australian lifestyle. The beach conjures memories of summer holidays and the freedom of long days spent by the ocean, exploring with friends and family before returning to the campsite, with third degree sunburn. On days like these we learned how to spot a rip, squirt cungie, and monitor the relentless cycle of the tide. These lessons begin when we are children and continue into adulthood, shaping our intuition and forging a resolute respect for the beauty and treachery of the ocean.

The Tidal Sun Lounge was designed to represent these quintessentially Australian experiences. This piece draws on wave diagrams and the nostalgia of childhood, beachside holidays, in the design of a stainless steel wire sun lounge, made for use by the pool or ocean.

The Tidal Sun Lounge was designed based on the thick, laid back wave at the back of the set, transforming this ephemeral form, created by the tide and the shore, into a sculptural, functional object.

Manufacture – Tait

Materials – Stainless steel, outdoor foam and outdoor textile

Production – Melbourne, Australia

Image Credit – Haydn Cattach

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