Brisbane Indesign 2012 - The Project
At Brisbane Indesign 2012 I found out what happens when Space Furniture and BVN Architecture are left alone in a room with a really big ball of cotton, how Living Edge interpreted the words 'chair', 'miniature' and 'champagne', How mafi flooring & Hassell were clearly inspired by the love child of Lionel Ritchie and MacGuyver, and what Zenith Interiors will let artists and architects do to a Dix Copine chair when no one else is watching.
The clever folk at Brisbane Indesign encourage local suppliers, architects, designers and artists to team up with each other to create installations for the weekend of Brisbane Indesign. 'The Project', as it's called, is a great way for our local design community to really show off our skills and creative hive mind.
'Follow the Thread' was the collaboration between Space Furniture and BVN Architects. I was imPRESSED! Thousands of coloured cotton strands were perfectly aligned across a two walled space where visitors could wander beneath. A beautiful contrast between order and disarray; the threads were perfectly spaced and tensioned contrasting with the scraggy threads where each length tied off to the walls. Both dissolved by the gentle flow of colour from one side of the installation to the other. Shooting it was equal parts delight, frustration and 'oh, just one more angle...'
Living Edge and Chandon asked their artists to get creative with champagne corks, foils and cages.
The result: miniature chairs that looked like mini Barbie had just stepped away from the pool. Or mini Hanibal Lecter had been put in charge of interior decorating.
Third place was aptly named Hairy MacLary.
It's not often a designer will let other artists bastardise one of their iconic designs, but Sean Dix proves himself to be braver than most.
Teaming up with Zenith Interiors, his Copine chair was the canvas upon which artists built some inspired works of art. The thought of resting your backside on these is sacrilegious, not to mention slightly pain inducing. My favourite...
When the after party rolled around I was ready for sugar. Ignore the fact that I'm always ready for sugar and look at these deserts instead! Some of them look like beautiful ancient torture devices. One had me asking how many unicorns died for this. I can't tell you that, but I can tell you my skirt was a tight fight by the end of the night.