The Verdict: West-Side Stor(e)y

Now the dust has settled, we look back on the highlights of #CWID16, starting with our exhibitors and discussion hosts Innerspace.

Innerspace Showroom | CWID | ContemporaryAU

Following a special invite only design breakfast team Innerspace opened its doors to the design loving public with the ‘West-Side Stor(e)y’ discussion panel. An examination of Perth’s design culture, the discussion panel had guest speakers looking backward but moving forward, channelling Perth’s unique cityscape and architectural identity into an equally unique and fascinating discussion. Moderated by Lantern Creative’s Clinton Matthews, a host of Western Australia’s top designers came together to knock heads and discuss what WA architecture and design is worth, and what’s worth protecting.

Joining Clinton were Suzanne Hunt of boutique architectural firm Suzanne Hunt Architect, who specialises in heritage, hospitality, mixed-use, residential and commercial design; Independent Perth councillor and overall design and city advocate Jemma Green; and Benjamin Braham, the principal of Braham Architects, known for his specialising in a globalized form of architecture. Needless to say, it was a most lively, and heated at times, conversation about the importance of Perth’s identity and how architecture plays into this. Great thanks are owed to Innerspace for playing host to such an engaging and fun discussion!

In the afternoon, Innerspace and wine partner Flying Fish Cove allowed the busy visitors of Wine In Design take a load off and wind down after lunch with a wine tasting and hospitality discussion. Around 2pm saw the ‘The Importance of Design in Hospitality: Or, Why Don’t We Just Put Chairs in a Room?’ discussion, featuring Gabi Scott, the interior stylist of the Propeller and Guild Hall.

After this, guests were able to see the Innerspace showroom’s new Outdoor Space play host to the latest range of products by Italy’s Ethimo interiors, as well as photographer Jody D’Arcy and her latest Aerial Coastline exhibition.

If it sounds like a lot, it was! Innerspace’s presence at #CWID16 was a great success and we look forward to working with them again.