Maybe it was because it was early-ish on the Sunday morning, but it was pretty quiet when I visited Design:Made:Trade at the Royal Exhibition Building. The event was part of the State of Design Festival, intended to “showcase Australia’s small manufacturers, product designers, and design makers to an audience of manufacturers, retail and export buyers and the public“.
Almost all of the stalls were very beautifully presented; and there were quite a number of jewellers. I would love to have taken some photographs, but a sign at the entrance clearly stated no photography or sketching – this is the first time I’ve seen sketching specifically mentioned. There are some images and stories about the event at HandMadeLife.
One stall that caught my attention was ‘A Skulk of Foxes‘ – I bought a brooch made by the duo a year or two ago, and I have always loved their name. Their Nadezhda brooches (below) were particularly gorgeous, and though I walked away without one they have been haunting me since … I may need to bring one home in the near future …
I also liked the following:
- the furniture from Tide, especially the Forest shelf
- old-fashioned-styling of textiles from Sally Campbell; they are so similar to work I’ve made myself, that of course I couldn’t help but connect to them!
- objects and lighting from Volume and Void
Design:Made:Trade was at the Royal Exhibition Building, open to the public on 18th/19th July 2009.