This Hemisphere

During June, Sydney-siders can get a glimpse of a reincarnation of The Other Hemisphere – the landmark exhibition of Australian design that premiered in Milan. Appropriately retitled This Hemisphere, the exhibition shows at the Supa Centa Moore Park as part of their Month of Design events.

Originally held at Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design week the exhibition features Australian designers and studios Ben McCarthy, Elliat Rich, Emma Elizabeth, Flynn Talbot, Mark Vaarwerk, Blakebrough+King, Daniel Emma and Plastic Fantastic.

The genesis for an Australian showcase in Milan began in 2010, when the exhibitions’ curator King began discussions with Margriet Vollenberg and Margo Koning – the founders of Ventura Lambrate, a district for curated design events that had emerged that year – with the exhibition’s title as the starting point.

“We thought that phrase, ‘the other hemisphere’, would provide a nice opportunity or framework to talk about the differences, or perceived differences, that might be apparent in work produced in Australia,” says King, who selected designers to participate in the project.

Responses vary to the concept, encompassing lighting, textiles, furniture and objects, but are unified by their emphasis on ‘otherness’, defying perceptions of function, experience and reality. It is curious – testament to King’s curatorial prowess – that several visitors asked if the designers were Dutch. “We took it as a compliment,” laughs King.

The Sydney exhibitions features all of the pieces that featured in the Milan showcase including Flynn Talbot’s ‘X+Y’ lights, intriguing pieces that allow you to undulate their luminosity and colour by touching and rolling the glass spheres, as demonstrated by Talbot in the video above.

 

Video by Robert Anderson for designguide.tv.

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