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Workshopped has opened its first retail store, in the heart of Sydneys design district. Located on Hill Street in Surry Hills, the new space will promote the work of established and emerging Australian designers in its retail and exhibition space.
First established in 2001, Workshopped spotlights new creative talent in an annual exhibition, bringing designers and their work to a broader audience and enabling individuals to get their ideas to production.
The Workshopped exhibitions were started in order to nurture local talent and help designers forge commercial relationships with industry and the marketplace. This new concept store is the next step in the evolution of Workshopped.
Raymond Scott from Workshopped explained: Weve always been proactive in assisting Australian designers succeed in the wider marketplace. This has involved manufacture and distribution, but never specifically retail. Weve always known that what was missing was a dedicated Australian design store of showroom where designers and members of the design industry could exhibit and sell their products.
Designed by Smart Design Studio and built by Inde Studio, the new store will stock a range of furniture, lighting and product design created by young Australian designers. The space unfolds in a design inspired by the principles of origami, with finishes inspired by the palette of a workshop and a central counter made of Corian.
The store includes furniture designed by Ben McCarthy, Tomek Archer and [“David Pidcock”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/product/furniture/18488-Filament-Table]; lighting designed by [“Kate Stokes”:http://stage.australiandesignreview.com/product/lighting/17960-Coco-Pendant-Light], David Knott and DesignByThem; and product design by Adam Goodrum and Chris Hardy.
As well as the retail offering of this new venture, Workshopped are planning mini exhibitions throughout the year to showcase the work of a particular designer or group of designers. In mid-November, restauranteur Khali Khouri will open a café in the space, serving simple food, wine and coffee.
*Workshopped, Shop 2 / 8 Hill Street, Surry Hills*
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