Sydney Design Week - 31st July - 15th August

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  • Bring it on.

    Here’s five favourite highlights that we’re looking forward to the most......but for a full programme please go to www.sydneydesign.com.au

    Young Blood Designer Markets   Way back in 2005, Bird featured in the very first Young Blood Designer Market. Offering an opportunity to buy direct from the best new design talent in the country, Young Blood features fashion, furniture, jewellery, graphics, industrial design and more. This curated market is a glimpse into the future, a critical launch pad for Australia’s talented young designers, as well as a vibrant market for the design-savvy shopper.

    The Australian International Design Awards   Showcasing the best of Australian design, the 2010 Australian International Design celebrate the most revolutionary products this year. A selection of 16 finalists on display at the Museum include a lightweight wine bottle, a pocket-size ultra-sound system, new surfboard design and a gaming headset that reads brain signals and facial expressions, rather than using a joystick.

    Small Stories Big Picture   Unleash the photographer within and capture a slice of Sydney on this cycling tour with a difference. Exploring the design precinct and some of the lesser-known parts of Surry Hills, you are provided with a LOMO camera, map and passport to aid in your self-guided tour, documenting your discoveries as you go along.
    During the bike tour, stories are to be collected from bespoke retailers, cafes and designers, (including Bird Textiles Emporium), who, in turn, stamp passports for discounts on return visits. Selected photographs will be used to create a large photographic installation which will develop over the three weeks of Sydney Design.

    Creating the Look – Benini and Fashion Photography   Capturing the beauty and style of an era, Bruno Benini is recognised as one of Australia’s leading 20th century fashion photographers. For five decades the Italian immigrant recorded the evolution of fashion. Establishing his studio in Melbourne in the mid 1950s, Benini refined his craft, working alongside famed photographers Helmut Newton and Athol Shmith. His marriage to artist Hazel led to the formation of an innovative partnership. Together, the couple produced some of Australia’s most memorable and elegant images.

    Green with Envy – A sustainable design tour   Once again, Bird Textiles Emporium is featured on this walking tour in Sydney’s most vibrant design precincts, featuring innovative designers and store owners who follow sustainable principles. Discover irresistible homeware, ceramics, stationery, textiles, accessories and jewellery from Australia and overseas, all produced with impeccable green credentials. Retailers and artists responsible for this green wave of gorgeous design will discuss their passion for quality items and sustainable design, as well as giving tips on green living.

    Suck it up kids, theres lots of other cool stuff on the programme to get you inspired too.

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    References: www.sydneydesign.com.au