Fashion gains a lot of attention in the press, but another form of design – industrial – produces just as rich talent in Australia, with our furniture and object designers crafting some of the most aesthetically creative and sustainably innovative designs in the world. That emerging talent will be on show from this week as part of Workshopped, Australia’s longest continuously running annual exhibition of emerging design talent.
For the past 15 years, Workshopped have provided a platform for more than 350 new names in the design industry to reach a national audience of manufacturers, retailers, fellow designers and, more broadly, consumers, particularly given its location at one of the country’s most-visited home retail destinations. It has played a part in launching the successful careers of Adam Goodrum, Henry Wilson, Evie Groups, Alex Gilmour and Dominic Chong. In 2015, the curatorial remit of the exhibition focuses on the role of design in architecture, with some 50 designers showcasing new works.