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Nifty Fifty

2015 marks a landmark year for Object. This year, we turn 50 years young and are already setting our sights on our next 50.

May will find us in our new home at 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst – marking the opening of the new Australian Design Centre with an opening night gala event in collaboration with Vivid Ideas.

The gala will see the reveal of the first 50 members of our Australian Design Honours cohort, an online digital publication and a physical exhibition showcase celebrating the leading lights of Australian design. The digital publication will launch in May, whilst five exhibitions will pop up in the William Street Storefront from May through to the end of the year.

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Those Architects are announced

Object: Australian Design Centre has appointed Those Architects as the creative force to lead the design of their new William Street Storefront. Those Architects were in a hot contest with other local emerging talents in a closed competition run by Object over the past month. In the end, it was Those Architects’ inventive playful concept that combined transparency, flexibility and accommodated the demands of an existing space that impressed Object.

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A change is in the air

It’s official: in 2015, Object will move in the City of Sydney’s Creative Hub at 101-110 William Street, Darlinghurst.

Object is set to take over the ground floor spaces, while the guys from HUB Sydney, Romance was Born and a selection of architects, designers and artists-in-residence occupy levels 1-3.

As we prepare for the move, we’re also getting ready for Object’s 50th year (and beyond) with new staff arrivals, a new creative vision, and programming bursting with creative stories from designers and makers across Australia.

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fab8nz from Object magazine 63

Fab Labs are an international network of rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing workshops sprung out of a course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Every year they gather for a conference, and last year Object attended fab8nz, the eighth instalment held at Wellington, New Zealand’s Massey University.

An in-depth roundup of that conference was presented in the award-winning issue 63 of Object magazine in October last year, available as a free download for iPad or to see in full on this website.

With CTRL P: OBJECTS ON DEMAND currently in Object Gallery, the full series of articles on fab8nz are now collected here on Object Eye. Each heading after the jump will take you to that section.

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Australian Design Centre at Barangaroo

Did you happen to pick up the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday? If so you might have noticed their media exclusive on page 39 announcing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Lend Lease and Object to find a new permanent home for us within Barangaroo South.

The announcement is a big one in Object’s 48-year history and it significantly advances the realisation of our 2015 Vision to become the Australian Design Centre. From Object’s Director Steven Pozel: ‘Our vision is to enable everyday people to explore the potential of design in our lives by making design central to tackling big challenges.’

Stay tuned in coming weeks for Object’s own announcement about what this means for us, with further details about our current work, including our groundbreaking exhibition opening in July, CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade. CUSP has been developed as a ‘prototype’ of the kind of show you will see at the Australian Design Centre of the future.

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Go, go, go Global!

This year’s GoGlobal was truly global! This fabulous, annual collaborative project links the global giants in design education and innovation with students to develop solutions to world wide problems. This year the Innovation Design Engineering masters students at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, partnered with the School of Architecture and the School of Design students at UTS to focus on sporting challenges inspired by the Paralympics at the London Games in 2012, coming together at Object Gallery to host this one-night-only event.

Taking the challenge students really had to put their grey matter to work.

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101 Contemporary Australian Artists

Recently while perusing the shelves of the AGNSW bookshop I came across a new NGV publication titled 101 Contemporary Australian Artists. It’s a compendium of Australian artists working in all disciplines who are making a contribution to our contemporary art scene.

No sooner had I opened the book than several of Object’s friends popped out! The well-known Janet Laurence is featured, as is MATERIALBYPRODUCT one of the designers in CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, our next big creative program.

There’s also an entry on Robert Baines, of Object’s Living Treasures fame. Baines is a master of re-interpreting stylistic and manufacturing traditions of jewelry and decorative arts and reflecting those in his wildly exciting jewelry.

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On the cusp of CUSP!

After months and months of researching, planning, negotiating and budgeting for CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, it’s terribly exciting when lofty ideas start to become tangible realities.

Once such happy moment came last week when Patrick Abboud the talented (and rather handsome) filmmaker creating a twelve part micro-documentary series about the CUSP exhibitors, emailed through a few behind-the-scenes snaps from his first Melbourne shoot. Deliciously cinematic and emotive, the teaser images you can see in the image gallery left us champing at the bit to see more.

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Benvenuto! The Italians have arrived!

Sleek, sensual and oozing sophisticated charm, this trio of beauties is sitting glamourously in the Gallery, waiting for you to come and say ‘Ciao’.

These jetsetting pieces have only just arrived from Avenza Carrara, Italy, via London by express air freight; the original goal being to present them at the Interpretations llll Opening Night event last Tuesday. Upon finding out they’d arrive fashionably late (typical!), designer Charles Wilson presented in their place a wonderful postcard, the front emblazoned with ‘Saluti da Carrara’, the back inscription cheekily saying ‘Running a little late, can’t wait to see you! Ciao Ragazzi! xo’

‘Ay Madonna!’... if you are this beautiful you could get away with anything! ...

But I tell you now, signore e signori, it has been well worth the wait.

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Design Emergency at Fort Street Public

Annette Mauer is Object’s Head of Learning, and is currently heavily involved in the creation, prototyping and development of Design Emergency.

The children in Mr Larba Sarkis’s class at Fort Street Public have embarked on a Design Emergency journey. The students are using design thinking to find creative solutions to improve the learning experience in the their classroom.

Fort Street students come from all parts of the world and from many different suburbs in Sydney so their experiences are quite diverse. In the last 2 weeks, the students have used many design thinking techniques such as creating personas and observing their environment. After they have completed their investigations the students will be working with both me and an established designer to help them reframe their issues and prototype their ideas.

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Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design

Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW 14 February - 11 April 2015

An exhibition of the most compelling works from 12 designers from the highly acclaimed “Workshopped” exhibitions held in Sydney. Workshopped has discovered, nurtured and launched the careers of...
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Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels

Western Plains Cultural Centre NSW, 18 April – 28 June, 2015

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in our Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Our first Indigenous Living Treasure, Greeno is a shellworker and artist from Tasmania, whose...
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CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

State Library of Queensland 01 November 2014 - 14 February 2015

Over the last number of years Object: Australian Design Centre has explored many notions of design. From Freestyle: new Australian design for living in 2006 to HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics in...
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