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Architecture: DIA exhibit at DesignEX 2011

June 21, 2011

6 Hats’ modular, flat-pack exhibition stand crafted from plywood, created for the Design Institute of Australia’s stand at DesignEX 2011.

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) is Australia’s professional membership body for designers and design businesses. The DIA exhibit at DesignEX 2011 was designed to materialise and articulate the Institute’s commitment to multidisciplinary design and to engage with visitors representing Australia’s diverse design community.

Underpinned by the design principles of sustainable temporary architecture, the exhibition concept was developed around the idea of using a singular material with a high recyclable content. As such, FSC certified plywood in natural finish (and in full sheet size where possible) was used in the construction of internal framework and for all external surfaces. Inbuilt modularity allows for the exhibition stand to be flat packed onto pallets, unpacked and reinstalled in its original configuration, or reconfigured as required for future exhibitions.

‘Cirrus’, a floating cloud installation, was incorporated into the ceiling volume of the space. This installation signified the thought process inherent in all design: the generating of ideas. Made from thousands of hand folded chatterboxes, ‘Cirrus’ provided a soothing landscape of modulated surfaces and changing light patterns – the perfect juxtaposition to the minimalist architecture of the stand.

The DIA stand was the winner of the Best Exhibition Stand (31-70sqm) at DesignEX 2011

Team Daniel Dalla Riva, James Harper (Brooking Harper), Christina Fogale

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