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Sydney Design Week 2022: Making Now

Sydney Design Week 2022: Making Now

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Sydney Design Week 2022: Making Now

14 Stokes Avenue by Smart Design Studio. Photography by Romello Pereira.

Sydney Design Week is back this year with "Making Now", a seven-day programme from 15-22 September 2022! The fair, presented with the support of Principal Partner Holdmark, will be filled with exhibitions, talks, film screenings, and workshops across the city's design hubs. 

Curated by writer, editor and Creative Director Stephen Todd, the 2022 edition, "Making Now",  examines the role of design across a range of disciplines, from industrial and interior design to graphics, scenography, restaurant design, and more. The fair is also supported by its University Partner Western Sydney University and Venue Partner Ace Hotel Sydney. 

BOFFI Sydney Showroom. Image courtesy of Boffi. 

"Sydney Design Week celebrates designers who are defining the cultural moment in Sydney and around the world. This year’s theme ‘Making Now’ expands the parameters of ‘design’ to explore myriad expressions across disciplines and industries. The program will set the scene for the future of design." - Stephen Todd, Sydney Design Week Creative Director

Ace Hotel entry. Image courtesy of Ace Hotel.

Sydney Design Week is partnering with the recently opened Ace Hotel Sydney, the first Australian incarnation of the famed US hotel, to present a series of talks and workshops. Other Architects Director Grace Mortlock and Powerhouse Director, First Nations Emily McDaniel will discuss the importance of creativity in the urban context. The team behind Ace Hotel’s rooftop restaurant Kiln, Fiona Lynch (CicciaBella Parramatta) and Mitch Orr (Pilu, ACME) will explore the role of design in the restaurant scene. Interior designer David Flack, Powerhouse Creative Industries Resident Nell, designer Elliat Rich and sculptor Sanné Mestrom will delve into pre- and post-industrial creativity. 

Alex Fitzpatrick lighting, courtesy of Alex Fitzpatrick. Photography by Rohan Venn.

"New Australian Design", an exhibition curated by Local Design Director Emma Elizabeth, will present new works by over 20 Australian designers including Andrew Simpson, Tom Fereday, Amanda Talbot, Elliat Rich, Luke Storrier, Adam Goodrum, Leon Curtis, DesignByThem, Kenny Yong-soo Son, Patryk Koca, bernabeifreeman, Tom Skeehan, Henry Wilson, Sarah Ellison, Jon Goulder, Marlo Lyda, Alex Fitzpatrick, Olive Gill-Hille, Ivana Taylor, Tarryn Gill and David Tate, Edward Waring, Justin Kong, Jiaying Qian, and more.

External Review. Image courtesy of Tom Fereday.

Parramatta Escarpment Boardwalk by Hill Thalis. Photography by Jackie Chan. 

Making Western Sydney is a walking tour of the major new architecture around Parramatta CBD with principals from design studios including Fender Katsalidis, Hills Thalis, Blight Rayner, JPW and Tzannes, followed by an afternoon of public talks and a live-streamed presentation on the new flagship Powerhouse Parramatta with the architectural partnership Moreau Kusunoki (Paris) and Genton (Sydney).

Image courtesy of Bangawarra.

"Making Now celebrates the designers, doers and thinkers who are defining the cultural moment in Sydney and across NSW. As the parameters of ‘design’ expand beyond the concept of the singular genius enshrined by the modernist tradition, SDW2022 explores collaboration and cross-pollination between established and emerging creatives and across disciplines: from industrial and craft production in the product and interior design sectors to graphic, sound, art direction and scenography design. By opening up design to myriad inputs and unexpected outcomes, Making Now sets the scene for the future." – Stephen Todd, Sydney Design Week Creative Director


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