This month COMA Gallery in Rushcutters Bay, NSW will be transformed with a furniture installation by design company NOMI. Conceived by award-winning architect Tomek Archer and styled by Alicia Sciberras, the idea is to get people up close and personal with the NOMI range.
Interactions sets out to create a series of spaces where visitors can socialise, watch, collect and interact. The white-walled gallery provides a blank canvas that can be transformed using furniture in four settings including; a lobby, milk bar, theatre and banquet.
Co-founder of NOMI, Tomek Archer says the idea was to focus on the social aspects of furniture and how architecture can bring people together.
“In each of our projects, we try to prioritise the potential for interaction and user engagement. In architectural projects, we create flexible shared spaces that encourage social exchange, and explore how inhabitants can transform their space with controls such as solar access or openings to the outside,
“While a building or a space may be used for a variety of purposes over time, it is often the deployment of furniture that delivers the supporting infrastructure for these changing uses.
“And yet the interplay between function and user experience can go either way. It is this interaction between object and activity, planned and unplanned exchange that this installation seeks to explore,” Archer says.
NOMI was launched by Tomek Archer and Henry Gresson in 2013 and has evolved its range and service so it is now being used by a wide variety of commercial, residential and hospitality clients.
NOMI prides itself on being a design-led company, which leverages the experience of Archer as an architect and Gresson’s background in technology, to do things a bit differently.
Co-founder Henry Gresson who works on the technology side of NOMI, says the installation will also feature two new products by Tomek Archer – the Petal Stool and Skirt Table, which offer a wide variety of customisation options and applications.
“We want people to experience NOMI and to see how it can connect them with authentic Australian design,” says Gresson.
“NOMI II is the platform part of it. We designed it to make the lives of furniture specifiers easier and their work more efficient and accurate.”
137 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay, NSW
Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 June
10am to 5pm daily
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