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Made Here Now

June 12, 2013

An initiative of three young Brisbane designers, this pop-up workshop at Artisan in Brisbane is part exhibition, part design studio and part retail store.

The shopfront of Artisan in Brisbane has been taken over by a pop-up exhibition that offers passersby an insight into the day-to-day practice of an industrial designer.

Called ‘Made Here Now’, the initiative offers visitors an open, honest and interactive experience of the design process, and was launched by Brisbane designers Benjamin Breitenstein, Forrest Gillham and Julian Munro. The six-week long exhibition opened on 2 May, and will remain on show at Artisan until 15 June.

Redefining the traditional exhibition format, the trio’s project functions as a design studio, a communal workspace and a retail space. Pieces on show – furniture, lighting, prints and textiles – are not only intended for sale, but also as focal points for public discussion. Breitenstein says of the concept: “A major goal of the exhibition is to educate the wider community, not just designers, about the value, diversity and appreciation of design, as well as giving students a view into the world of practising designers. We invite – in fact we encourage – the general public, students and professionals to come in and engage with design on any level.”

Artisan curator, Simon Jones, says the initiative offers an important insight into the design process, rather than merely focusing on the end product. “By breaking down the traditional exhibition format, we are also inviting the community to engage with the processes and practitioners behind everyday objects. Ultimately, it is our hope that people will walk away from the ‘Made Here Now’ exhibition with a new understanding and appreciation of design and designers.”

And while Brisbane locals are able to engage with this shared, multi-purpose design space, those further afield can track the development of the site or take a look at the behind-the-scenes production process for Breitenstein, Gillham and Munro at

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