STEEL: art design architecture is a major JamFactory touring exhibition exploring innovative ways that steel is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. The exhibitors represent a broad range of approaches to working with steel – from fine, hand-crafted jewellery to high-tech research facilities.

The art, design and architecture in this exhibition allows us to think upon the links and similarities between the creative processes, problem solving and design thinking undertaken in these various disciplines. It reveals that many of the concerns that drive these innovative uses of steel engage the themes of identity, locality, materiality and sustainability. A material of such great potential, steel influences nearly all aspects of our lives, rendering the ingenuity, craftsmanship and skill of those working with it practically invisible. Through the 29 exhibitors, Steel: Art Design Architecture unearths just some of these possibilities.

Steel is one of the most ubiquitous materials in the world. It inhabits the landscape of our bodies, our domestic spaces and our built environments. This exhibition explores steel in its many manifestations, from the raw and functional to lustrous and decorative. It reaches across cultural divides and its affordability and durability has made it so pervasive it is often overlooked. Steel is a material that reaches beyond the rarefied world of high art or luxury design. It is accessible to all in society.

ADC are delighted to partner with Stylecraft to present a selection of the works in the Stylecraft showroom during the exhibition. The showroom is located directly opposite ADC galleries, on the corner of William and Palmer Street, at 24/100 William St, Woolloomooloo.

STEEL: art design architecture is a JamFactory touring exhibition.

STEEL: art design architecture is supported by Visions of Australia funding through Australian Government Department of Communications and Arts and the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia.

Image: BVN, Australian PlantBank, 2014, Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, Sydney, Photo: John Gollings

Korban Flaubert, Maquette for Involute, 2019


Dan Lorrimer | Geoff Nees | Gunybi Ganambarr | Kensuke Todo | Korban/Flaubert | Lorraine Connelly-Northey | Mari Funaki | Matthew Harding | Sean O'Connell | Oliver Smith

We treat design as a process of discovery and we use both spaces to generate and develop ideas and forms. In the studio we generally start by developing a three-dimensional phenomenon or effect using simple model-making techniques. The workshop operates as a laboratory for form, with model making, experimenting with materials and prototyping central to our methodology. - Korban/Flaubert

Image: Korban/Flaubert, Maquette for Involute, 2019, Photo: Stefanie Flaubert

Trent Jansen for Tait, Tidal Collection, 2015 Image: Haydn Cattach


Alison Jackson | Barry Gardner | Brodie Niell | Christian Hall | Craig Hiron | DesignByThem | Maureen Faye-Chauhan | Sabine Pagan | Seaton McKeon | Simon Cottrell | Sue Lorraine | Trent Jansen

Small artisanal steel-making enterprises - the kind we might call 'craft' now - were soon bludgeoned out of existence by big steel, driven out by a new class of commercial entrepreneur and innovator. The ingenious worker tinkering with with all these exciting new ways of working with metal eventually became a new occupation with almost shamanic powers: the engineer. - Strange Irony, Mark Thompson

Image: Trent Jansen for Tait, Tidal Collection, 2015, Photo: Haydn Cattach

MIsho and Associates, Premaydena House, Tasmania, 2013


Steel’s strength and flexibility, along with other acoustic, thermal and earthquake-resistant features, has enabled incredible feats of engineering, including long spans in architecture that allow huge expanses as well as unusual shapes, sizes and forms. - From Strength to Strength, Penny Craswell

Anthill Construction | BVN | CODA | Collins and Turner | COX Architecture | Misho + Associates | Tony Hobba Architects

Image: Misho and Associates, Premaydena House, Tasmania, 2013, Photo: Lucas Allen


Exhibition Opening Night
Join us for the opening of STEEL: art design architecture. The exhibition will be opened by Tim Ross, Australian comedian, radio host and design enthusiast. 
When: Wednesday 6 February, 2019
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event, bookings required

Curating STEEL: art design architecture
A walk through the exhibition with STEEL: art design architecture curator, Margaret Hancock Davis as we discuss the artists, their practice and the material.
When: Wednesday 6 February
Time: 2-3pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event, bookings required
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Steel and Design Process: In Conversation with Korban/Flaubert
The directness and confidence in the work of Korban/Flaubert has evolved through a dedicated and involved material investigation. Pushing the limits of metal’s physical and expressive potential whilst challenging their making capabilities, the creative team of Janos Korban and Stefanie Flaubert have created a distinctive practice that spans furniture design and sculpture. They have developed both a national and international reputation for their works in both stainless and corten steel.

Wishing to create works that have a sense of fluidity, energy and motion Flaubert spends hours creating models in studio. The unforced and expressive nature of these models are further interpreted by Korban in the workshop where he utilising his impressive making capabilities bringing the models to life in metal.

Andrew Simpson talks in depth with Korban and Flaubert uncovering their design processes.

When: Wednesday 20 February, 2019
Time: 6-8pm 
Where: Australian Design Centre
Cost: $15 adults, $10 students - including a drink
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Accessible Tours of STEEL: art design architecture
Part of Sydney Design Festival, Australian Design Centre’s Accessible Tours of Steel: art design architecture invites local deaf, hearing impaired, aged care communities, carers and school groups to engage with the exhibition and our 2019 program in an inclusive way. An AUSLAN interpreter will interpret at the appropriate tours.

When: Tuesday 5 March, 2019
Aged Care Tour: 11am-12pm
AUSLAN Interpreted Tour: 2-3pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Free event, bookings required
Book here

School Group Tours
When: Tuesday 5 March - Friday 8 March
Time: 11am - 4pm, as booked
Please contact the office for school group bookings on 02)9361 4555, Monday to Friday.

Australian Design Centre Makers Market
Australian Design Centre's boutique outdoor Makers Market is back for the first time in 2019 as part of the Sydney Design Festival
Alongside the major touring exhibition Steel: Art Design Architecture, from Adelaide’s JamFactory, the Makers Market features more than 20 local Sydney artists that have been selected for their exceptional work. Handmade, designed and collectible pieces including textiles, jewellery, ceramics and homewares will be for sale by the makers. We are thrilled to have Object Shop makers Eggpicnic, Kate Sale Jewellery, Little Rowan Redhead, PUBLICHOLIDAY and Woodfolk Accessories, alongside 20 more makers.

The Design Centre will open all day so you can catch the latest exhibitions, try your hand at making and check out all the beautiful items in Object Shop – the Design Centre’s retail space supporting makers and designers. There will also be delicious food on site to help sustain the shopping!

When: Saturday 9 March, 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, corner William and Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Free entry

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