Hyperconnectivity is the theme of Sydney Design Week 2021


The Powerhouse has launched the program for Sydney Design Week 2021 with a two-day Hyperconnectivity Digital Design Summit from September 16-17, 2021.

Curated by author, editor and creative director Stephen Todd, the program includes local and international designers and global design centers including Lindsey Adelman, Ronan Bouroullec, Design Museum London, David Flack, Yasmine Ghoniem, Adam Markovitz, Jennifer McMaster, M + Museum with Tina Pang and Gary Chang, Marc Newson, Ivana Taylor and Jonathan Zawada.

Todd says the topic of hyperconnectivity will explore the connections that connect us today.

“While our full vision for Sydney Design Week 2021 cannot be presented, we are pleased to present a curated program on our hyperconnectivity theme. Sydney Design Week celebrates the fact that even when we are physically isolated, we can still find ourselves intrinsically connected. “

Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah repeats Todd’s feelings.

“Sydney Design Week will now be a free online discussion program that provides a platform for audiences to connect with Australian and international designers and design thinkers.”

Multidisciplinary designer Jonathan Zawada discusses creation in digital space and the recent rise and impact of NFT-influenced work in imagining music. The two-time ARIA winner has created cover artwork and videos for musical acts such as Flume, The Avalanches, Rustie and Dua Lipa and will meet curator Sarah Rees from his studio in Byron Bay on September 16.

‘Discovered’ Designers for Tomorrow ‘will be discussed in a live panel discussion between the Powerhouse and the Design Museum London. “Discovered” is a project by the American Hardwood Export Council and Wallpaper *, which has commissioned a new generation of designers to conceive, create and manufacture a new piece of furniture or object that is inspired by life in a pandemic world. The panel will discuss concepts of touch, reflection and strength that guide every designer’s work and respond to the need for our everyday objects to fight isolation and help us reconnect, also on September 16.

On Friday, September 17th, New York lighting designer Lindsey Adelman, Yasmine Ghoniem, founder of Sydney-based studio YSG, and award-winning Melbourne-based David Flack (Flack Studio) will discuss the contemporary workplace as a community.

The Paris-based brothers and designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are internationally known for their designs, which have been exhibited in museums around the world. In an exclusive presentation and a conversation with Ronan Bouroullec, the renowned Parisian designer will be giving on Friday 17th

The Urban Transformers panel will be presented live from the new M + Museum in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon cultural district. Architect Gary Chang will talk about his 32 m² “Domestic Transformer” apartment, which uses a sliding wall system to create a 24-room living experience that is now an integral part of M +. Chang and a panel with Jennifer McMaster, founder and director of the Sydney practice TRIAS, and Powerhouse Senior Curator Katie Dyer will discuss Design for Density on September 17th.

The powerhouse houses the largest collection of work by one of Australia’s most renowned designers, Marc Newson. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking exhibition “Marc Newson – Design Works” in the Powerhouse Museum, Newson will also reflect on his most famous product designs on September 17th.

The Sydney Design Week Graphic Identities exhibition will open at the Powerhouse when the museum reopens. The exhibition presents work by eight famous 20th century designers Gordon Andrews, Douglas Annand, Frances Burke, Dahl Collings, Shirley de Vocht, Pieter Huveneers (Tooth and Co), Arthur Leydin and Alistair Morrison. The Powerhouse Collection’s design archives reflect a wide range of disciplines and pre-digital media used by designers in advertising, publishing, visual arts, and textiles. The designers were inspired by Australian flora and fauna as well as local and international collaborations and work with artists such as the Bauhaus designer Lászlo Moholy-Nagy and the painter Russell Drysdale AC.

Graphic Identities examines the role of visual communication in shaping Australia’s cultural identity. Coinciding with Sydney Design Week, a selection of recently digitized work from each of the designer’s archives will be presented online in the Powerhouse Collection, one of Australia’s largest digitization projects.

The full program details can be found here.


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