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Designer Gone Wild: Mick Alvisse

We’re catching up with each of the stars of our upcoming event Designers Gone Wild to find out what makes them tick as they get set for a night of cross-firing ideas and creative curveballs.

So far we’ve introduced Lisa Gray and Tim Horton — this week it’s Mick Alvisse’s turn, one of the the world’s 100 leading designers (according to publishing legends Taschen).

Check out the rest of the post below, and grab your tickets for Designers Gone Wild, showcased at this year’s Vivid Ideas, to see Mick take on our other Designers: Lisa Gray, Tim Horton, and Simone LeAmon.

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What do you get when you cross an architect with a furniture designer and a surf lifesaver?

You get the very talented Michael Alvisse, Schamburg + Alvisse for Zenith principal. Through his consultancy The Nimble Co, Michael consults with the likes of Telstra, Deloitte, and the NSW Department of Education teaching innovation and holistic problem solving skills to corporate executives, software engineers and school children.

Mick’s work remains in the permanent collection of Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, and has been exhibited in Milan’s Triennale Museum, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and the Melbourne Museum. Mick has also been involved in high-profile projects including Qantas Domestic Terminal, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, for the Department of Built Environment.

We sat down with Mick in preparation for Designers Gone Wild, having just completed the impressive 3000 range project for NAB’s new home in Melbourne’s Docklands.

We talked about his respect for the Scandanavian design philosophies, and how this affects their design practices, which by osmosis, have influenced his own.

Mick is passionate about the need for a greater dialogue between design and capital, and what competitive advantages the market is currently demanding from our local designers.

“Intelligent design enables us to work together to capitalise on exciting opportunities and solve sometimes wickedly complex environmental, social and financial challenges.”

Having been a major force in the design game for decades, we’re looking forward to hearing from Mick when he goes head to head with our other Designers on May 25.


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