Object Platform

Australian Design Centre's ideas hub

Object Platform is a place that exists in the digital sphere to experiment, prototype new thinking, spark physical provocations and commission new content. It brings the Australian Design Centre’s thinking beyond its four walls – beyond the exhibitions, events and objects – through long-form articles, research papers, online exhibition, webinars and live interviews, as well as conference presentations, lectures, panels, forums, films, audio tours and a writer-in-residence program.

This program is part of Australian Design Centre’s ongoing research into object, furniture, lighting and industrial design, fashion design, architecture, crafts, ceramics, jewellery, textile arts, glass, timber and mixed media.

It consolidates a large body of original writing, research and content published over ADC’s 50+ year history, including Object magazine (published 1996 – 2009 and digitally 2011-2012) and a series of full-length catalogues, the latest of which is Obsessed: Compelled to make, a 112-page book that includes artist interviews, two essays and a commissioned poem. Existing essays online explore ADC’s Global Contexts, Indigenous Craft and Design, Technology and Innovation and other topics. ADC also has a Writer in Residence program that will be continuing through 2018–2019.

Future areas of research might include: ethical design, placemaking through design and craft, maker societies and cultural meaning, cross-cultural collaboration, multi-disciplinary and hybrid approaches to craft, lost and traditional crafts, creativity and wellbeing, women in design, jobs of the future, design for social justice, innovation in materials and process, sustainable design and new technologies. 

Essay: From Strength to Strength

21 February 2019

ADC's Creative Strategy Associate, Penny Craswell explores the strong silent nature of steel and its role in the creation of cities, contemporary architecture, art and the future.

Essay: STEEL: Art Design Architecture

31 January 2019

Steel: art design architecture curator, Margaret Hancock Davis from JamFactory writes about this most versatile of materials that has also played a vital role in Australia’s design vernacular.

Turning old clothes into high-end building materials

21 December 2018   

UNSW Sydney's Professor Veena Sahajwalla is leading a team producing high-quality building products made from old clothing and mixed waste glass.

Interview: Pavilion of interpreted music

5 November 2018

Part architectural pavilion and part sound installation, 80Hz is a project that turns paintings from the State Library of NSW into music using data. Sydney-based British designer and architect Thomas Wing-Evans talks to ADC’s Penny Craswell about the installation, which he designed in collaboration with DX Lab, the library’s experimental design research group.

Essay: Gamu-Keub Keub: The Indigenous Jewellery Project meets Gab Titui

27 October 2018

Emily McCulloch Childs writes about her first trip to the Torres Strait Islands as part of the Indigenous Jewellery Project, with artist and workshop leader Melinda Young teaching the lost wax technique for metals to participants at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre.

Essay: Textiles and the In-between

20 September 2018

Soraya Abidin, textile artist, explores in this essay and in her exhibition Hypersensitive/ Hipersensitif, the double consciousness and ‘in-between’ space of a bi-cultural identity. Her solo textile exhibition is part of Sydney Craft Week at Gaffa Gallery, Sydney.

Essay: Reflections on Mindful Making

14 September 2018

Making is not just a creative outlet – it also generates a focused, thoughtful state of mind similar to meditative practice. Sydney maker and psychiatrist Megan Kalucy from Shared Threads explores the benefits of mindful making.

Explainer: Can You Copyright Furniture?

4 September 2018

Furniture stores are often filled with designs that look similar to others. But is copying furniture legal, and should we feel bad about buying replicas?

Essay: Locational Specificity

2 August 2018

Joshua Smith’s miniatures of overlooked buildings offer a street artist’s perspective of the city and raise questions about the spatial politics of Sydney, according to Luke Tipene and Campbell Drake from UTS.

Publication: 3D Printing the Future

25 July 2018

This newspaper-style publication includes articles by some of Australia’s leading experts on 3D printing, including features by Berto Pandolfo and Jennifer Loy (UTS) and jeweller Bin Dixon Ward, and interviews with Kate Dunn (UNSW) and Melbourne ceramics studio Alterfact.

Essay: Furniture Futures and the Promise of 3D Printing

25 July 2018

3D printing has promised to significantly impact the way objects are realised. Berto Pandolfo, an industrial designer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney, examines the evidence that this prophecy is coming to fruition.

Interview: Old Skills New Ways

25 July 2018

ADC’s Lisa Cahill spoke to Kate Dunn, designer and research leader in Digital Fabrication and Material Innovation in the Creative Robotics Lab at UNSW Art and Design, about the intersections between the traditional craft of ceramics using clay and the use of 3D printing to explore cross disciplinary collaborations.

Event: Printing the Future

25 July 2018

Join a team of experts discuss the future application of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing), exploring not only the latest in new technologies, but also how these technologies are used across manufacturing, business and solo practice.