When The Design Circus rolled in to Perth from December 1-3, it drew crowds of design lovers, left many with a newfound appreciation of authentic, original creations, and provided the ultimate backdrop for the launch of Indesign Media Asia Pacific’s latest online title – Contemporary.
Hosted by Mobilia and curated by Pepe Garcia of Culdesac in Valencia, Spain, the second year of The Design Circus welcomed very special guests Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien of Doshi Levien Studio (London), Xavier Mañosa of Apparatu (Barcelona), and Nina Masó of Santa & Cole (also Barcelona).
Visitors were treated to a display of stunning pieces that included the Roll Chair by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal, Rabari 3 Rug by Doshi Levien for Nanimarquina, Monkey Side Table by Jaime Hayon for BD Barcelona, the Follow Me Lamp by Imma Bermúdez for Marset, and much, much more.
The event kicked off with a workshop with modern-day ceramicist and founder of Apparatu, Xavier Mañosa, followed by interior editor of Spanish lighting specialist Santa & Cole, the delightful Nina Masó and colleague Jordi Sunyer, who shared their experiences about the history and future of the Santa & Cole brand.
The energy was palpable as guests filed in to a sold out theatre on the first night for Doshi Levien: A Conversation.
“They brought a frank and honest insight into their design lives and experiences, that apart from a plethora of exciting A-list clients, exhibited processes, concepts and traits the audience could relate to,” says Benjamin Braham of Braham Architects.
Guests then made their way to the courtyard where Indesign Media’s CFO Kavita Nandan addressed a crowd of more than 200 architects, designers and industry professionals for the much-anticipated launch of Contemporary.
“For years, we’ve seen – and captured – the best of WA in terms of projects, products and people,” Kavita said. “Our vision is simple. We intend to take Perth to the world and bring the best of the world back to our Perth. To enrich the existing design-hunter culture and introduce you to those you don’t know yet.”
WA-based Craig Steere of Craig Steere Architects says the recent arrival of Indesign’s WA-focused architecture and design platform marks the beginning of an exciting new period of awareness of the state’s unique design industry.
Day two of the event welcomed Exhibition 7. In honour of the 60th anniversary of Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7™ chair (produced by Danish furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen) and in support of local charity Autism West, nine West Australian artists were invited to add their own personal touch to the chair for the exhibition.
Curated by Janet Holmes à Court, the chairs were displayed at The Design Circus and went to auction at the event’s cocktail party, where Charlie Paganin (a young artist on the autism spectrum) fetched the highest bid for his creation.
“Seeing Charlie Paganin with the proudest look on his face as he reached a whopping $10,000 for his masterpiece was definitely a highlight,” said Salvatore Fazzari, Director of Mobilia.
In an intimate long table setting, day three of the event saw a VIP luncheon served under the trees followed by an exhibition in celebration of Curtin University’s Interior Architecture Program 25 Year Anniversary.
Guests were treated to the insights of guest speakers Dario Reicherl of Fritz Hansen and Pepe Garcia of Culdesac, before moving inside for the official opening of the Future Practice: IA_Context_IMPACT exhibition.
The final evening saw more than 250 design devotees fill the State Theatre Centre for the DIA WA 2015 Design Awards