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Australia’s largest trade show for the architecture and interiors industry promises to deliver a strong three-day event in Sydney next week. Along with the trade show component delivering an exhaustive showcase of the latest furniture, textiles, lighting, appliances and surfaces, this year designEX boasts a reinvigorated program, with a stimulating conversation series as well as a number of carefully curated new features.
The speaker series, 7 Kinds of Happiness: Conversations on Emotion and Design, is set to be a standout this year. The line-up of international and local speakers promises an engaging series of talks exploring the importance of happiness to design, and the impact of design on happiness.
The series kicks off with a live talk from Alice Rawsthorn, design critic for the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times. Rawsthorn will discuss whether happiness can be ethical and explore the social and physical factors for designing happiness. (Inside) editor, Leanne Amodeo, will be hosting this session, which begins at 12.30pm on Monday 14 May (and you can also read our interview with Alice Rawsthorn here).
7 Kinds of Happiness also includes conversations with British designer Ilse Crawford, US-based graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and Belgian architecture and design collective Rotor. For the full program, visit www.7kindsofhappiness.com
Other highlights include the Nest, a new addition to the designEX stable that showcases the work of 20 of Australia’s most talented young designers. Curated by Anne-Maree Sargeant, this inspiring space will offer a platform for participating designers to gain valuable industry exposure. Encompassing furniture, lighting and object design, the Nest includes work by Charles Wilson, DesignByThem, Blakeborough+King, Adam Cornish and Alexander Lotersztain (as Dr Spunk, pictured above) and more.
In addition to the Nest, Sargeant has also curated the Hives: feature areas dotted around the show highlighting a range of products that cater to different design trends, from modern luxury to environmental sensitivity.
Finally, keep an eye out for the cafes, restaurants and bars that will be busy providing much-needed sustenance throughout the three-day event. Good food and great design come together inside the Modella café, which will be furnished with the Missoni Home Girandole collection and Tio chairs and tables from Massproductions courtesy of Spence & Lyda. Peroni will be served inside the chic Ebony Bar, designed by Daniel Dalla Riva, while Sonoma Bakery will be on site for coffee and pastries.
Architectural Review Asia Pacific, (Inside) Interior Design Review and Australian Design Review will be at designEX 2012. Come and visit us at Stand 1210 in Hall 2.
Main image: Alexander Lotersztain’s Bespunk, an upcycling project that covers old furniture and objects with a layer of jet black, rubber-like coating. See the project at the Nest.