Sydney Design Week Goes Digital In 2021

Cool Sh*t, Film & Art / September 8, 2021

Sydney Design Week goes digital with a two-day Design Summit on the 16–17 September.

Need something to do in lockdown? Join in on a free program of discussion panels for Sydney Design Week. The talks will be themed around the topic of ‘Hyperconnectivity’ and the ties that have connected us through COVID. Creative Director Stephen Todd has invited local and international designers to share their views and connect with Australians through a series of online events.

Multi-disciplinary designer Jonathan Zawada will discuss creation in the digital space. The two-time ARIA award-winner has created cover art and videos for musical acts such as Flume, The Avalanches, Rustie and Dua Lipa and will join curator Sarah Rees in conversation from his studio in Byron Bay (16 September).

A live panel discussion linking the Powerhouse and the Design Museum London will discuss ‘Discovered’. The project has commissioned a new generation of designers to conceive, create and manufacture a new piece of furniture or object inspired by life in a pandemic world. The panel will discuss the concepts of toughness, reflection and strength, and how we use objects to combat isolation (16 September).

New York-based lighting designer Lindsey Adelman and award-winning Melbourne-based David Flack (Flack Studio) will discuss the topic of the contemporary workplace as a community (17 September).

Paris-based brothers and designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are internationally renowned for their designs, which have been featured in museums globally. An exclusive presentation and conversation with Ronan Bouroullec will see the renowned Paris-based designer share insights into his studio’s approach and the ways in which good urban design can turn transitory spaces into destinations (17th September).

The panel Urban Transformers will be presented live from the new M+ museum in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Architect Gary Chang will discuss his apartment designed using a system of sliding walls to create a 24-room living experience (17 September).

The Powerhouse is home to the most extensive collection of work by one of Australia’s most acclaimed designers Marc Newson. To mark the 20th Anniversary of his landmark exhibition, Newson will reflect on his most recognisable product designs (17 September).

Full program details can be viewed HERE

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