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An exhibition opening next week at the Shapiro Gallery in Sydney fuses the concept of the museum store with the format of the museum space.
The Australian Design Museum Exhibition will present iconic, limited and prototype objects as they would be shown in a museum. By including prototypes alongside handmade work and limited edition items, the show places a greater emphasis on the designs as artworks rather than just the finished pieces produced by the manufacturers. However, everything on display is also for sale.
The show includes furniture and objects, as well as graphic design, architecture and craft.
Habitus spoke to curator Sarah King, who explained that they hope to have priced pieces so that some of the limited edition works are easily affordable, and its possible for anyone to begin collecting valuable pieces of Australian design, and in doing so, support our local industry.
The show features work from a broad range of contemporary Australian designers, including Adam Goodrum, Daniel Emma, Marc Newson, One8one7, Alexander Lotersztain, Mark Gowing and We Buy Your Kids, among many others.
Exhibition runs from 24 February to 7 March 2010, 11am-5pm
Shapiro Gallery, 162 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025