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Australian design retailer Space Furniture has launched a design residency program with Italian manufacturer, Edra, offering Australian designers the chance to spend two months working under the guidance of Edras Art Director, Massimo Morozzi.
The live-in residency provides a valuable link between Australian designers establishing their careers, and manufacturers based in Europe. The successful applicant will work at the Edra headquarters in Perignano, near Pisa, as well as at the showroom in Milan, learning from Morozzi, one of the worlds leading design thinkers.
The initiative will offer local designers the chance to gain new skills and knowledge of European manufacturing techniques, with the aim of developing a platform for future collaborations.
Space launched the initiative to strengthen the network between local designers and international manufacturers, saying that the Australian market lacks locally-based, world leading manufacturers. Space described the new residency program as an important cross-cultural exchange of knowledge and skills.
Edra was launched in 1987 with a collection called ‘I Nuovissimi’, a range of items by young designers that were new to the industrial production scene. Edra continues to produce work from a wide variety of designers, who each create a unique contribution to the companys collection. Space has been working with Edra for over 10 years.
Designers are invited to apply for the Space + Edra 2010 Design Residency on the [“Space Furniture”:http://www.spacefurniture.com.au/] website. The deadline for applications is 4 June 2010. The winner will be announced on 23 July, with the residency program taking place in September and October this year.
Working with Edra from the start, Italian designer Francesco Binfaré has produced some of the brand's classics, including the recent Pack and Chiara sofa.