Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design

Touring nationally

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW

25 Jul - 19 Sep 2014

Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW

18 Nov 2014 - 25 Jan 2015

Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, NSW

17 Feb - 11 Apr 2015

Cairns Regional Art Gallery, QLD

22 May - 19 Jul 2015

Bunbury Regional Galleries, WA

21 Aug - 27 Sep 2015

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, WA

10 Oct - 1 Dec 2015

Murray Art Museum, Albury, NSW

12 May - 12 Jun 2016

Design Tasmania, Launceston, TAS

27 Jun - 28 Aug 2016

Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammar School, Ashfield, NSW

11 Nov - 5 Dec 2016

JamFactory, Adelaide SA

28 April - 2 July 2017

Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design brings to life the stories that a completed product does not reveal, taking you on the designer’s journey and allowing you to experience the process and act of design. Presented in collaboration with Workshopped, a design organisation nurturing and supporting designers in bringing their products to the marketplace.

The story of each design in Resolved encompasses a variety of ideas and processes, ranging from unique forms of cultural expression to sustainable solutions, experimental use of materials and manufacture and innovative technology. Every design, however, is created for longevity and to enhance the personal experience and interaction of the user. Each of the designers are united by their involvement in Workshopped exhibitions, and while their practices are diverse and the visions of their studios vary, they all agree on one thing: it is an exciting time for Australian design.

Featuring Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum, Alex Gilmour, Ben McCarthy, Bic Tieu, Chris Hardy, Fukutoshi, Gary Galego, Kate Stokes, Marc Harrison, Matt Conway, and Zoë MacDonell. The winners of Workshopped’s 2013 exhibition Kink Studios have designed the exhibition furniture, offering an innovative approach in telling the designer’s story.

The exhibition first opened in June 2014 before touring nationally to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury Regional Galleries, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Albury Library Museum, and the Tasmanian Design Centre.


In 2016, the Australian Design Centre commissioned a report to examine how the newly created role of the Animateur was tested and facilitated during the touring exhibition Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design. It addresses initial research undertaken into regional audience engagement and analyses the impact of the overall public program and education strategies. Read report here

Adam Cornish

As a designer Adam is inspired by nature, and this is evident in both the Trinity Bowl based on the nautilus shell and the Foliar modular wall system made of leaf-like elements that that can be adjusted to alter the effect of the surface. Adam has joined other prominent Australian designers Susan Cohn and Marc Newson in having his Trinity Bowl manufactured by Alessi.

Find out more about the creative process behind his work and watch Adam's video.


Image: Trinity Bowl. Courtesy of the artist

Adam Goodrum

Stitch Chair has achieved international acclaim being part of the Capellini stable of products. Goodrum’s aim to create a folding chair that becomes incredibly flat has resulted in a deceptively simple yet transformative piece of furniture.

Find out more about the creative process behind his work and watch Adam's video.


Image: Stitch Chair. Courtesy of the artist

Alex Gilmour

Best known for her successes with the timeless Emily tea set and Fredrick glassware sets, Alex then partnered up with husband, Dominic Chong, to form Evie Group to produce the Spun Light, inspired by the classic spinning top.

Find out more about the creative process behind her work and watch Alex's video.


Image: Spun Light. Courtesy of the artist

Ben McCarthy

He lives and works in Hong Kong, which he claims to be a very 'watchy' place. There, he is close to manufacturers and a very large market, inspired by its gadget culture and designs. His PI Watch demonstrates a purity of shape and a bold form.

Find out more about the creative process behind his work and watch Ben's video.


Image: Pi Watch. Courtesy of the artist

Bic Tieu

As a designer Bic is passionate about the craft of lacquer that she learnt in Japan, which she applies to her metal jewellery. Metal work is her main focus as she produces exquisitely made pieces, many of which are based on floral patterns so inherent in Asian cultures.

Find out more about the creative process behind her work and watch Bic's video.


Image: Courtesy of the artist

Chris Hardy

Using a paper folding technique known as miura ori, Chris creates a complex surface pattern for his Paper Pendant. While the light looks as though it was made from paper, it is actually made by 3D printing in a durable plastic.

Find out more about the creative process behind his work and watch Chris' video.


Image: Paper Pendant. Courtesy of the artist

Fukutoshi

His elegant and superbly hand-crafted stool Naked Code sometimes gets dressed as he collaborates with Japanese artist collective Paramodel in Dress Code and Café Code, by applying playful surface patterns drawings that are reminiscent of the landscapes of Eastern Osaka.

Find out more about the creative process behind his work and watch Fukutoshi's video.


Image: Dress Code. Courtesy of the artist

Gary Galego

As a designer, he is interested in the form and structure of design. Gary's Leve Chair was first conceived as an exploration into the steam-bending process. Made from sustainable, strong and flexible spotted gum, the chair is both functional and beautiful.

Read more about Gary's work through Workshopped.


Image: Leve Chair. Courtesy of the artist

Kate Stokes

Combining Victorian Ash timber with powder coated, spun aluminium to create her much coveted Coco Pendant lights, Kate process has seen her garner great success and the freedom to experiment and create new products, such as her bright Puku ottomans.

Find out more about the creative process behind her work and watch Kate's video.


Image: Coco Pendant. Courtesy of the artist

Marc Harrison

The ingenious designer has found a fantastic way to reclaim and use the husk waste product of macadamias to be pulverised down and built back up into beautiful bowls that have a unique connection to place.

Find out more about the creative process behind his work and watch Marc's video.


Image: Husque Bowl. Courtesy of the artist

Matthew Conway

From sheering sheds to the designer home of the nations capitals, Matt's Bale Chair is redesigning how we recline in Australia. Using simple materials in imaginative ways is this designer’s speciality.

Find out more about the creative process behind his work and watch Matt's video.


Image: Bale Chair. Courtesy of the artist

Zoë MacDonell

Combining painting, drawing and collage with contemporary textile design to create fabric prints that burst with energy, Zoë's textures are inspired by surfaces found in the landscape. She even showcases her fabric on an iconic Parker chair.

Find out more about the creative process behind her work and watch Zoë's video.


Image: LiquidLand. Courtesy of the artist