2020 Australian Design
Just over a year ago Australian furniture, lighting and accessory designers were riding high after a successful Milan Design Week. It saw a huge contingent of young designers, small studios and brands showing their work at what is widely accepted as the world’s most influential design event.
Australia was definitely back on the design map with coverage in influential design magazines such as Wallpaper* and Yatzer. Shows were held in different parts of the city by lighting designers Christopher Boots and Volker Haug. Sydney brand Design by Them took a 250sqm space in Isola to show 35 pieces from their collection and Melbourne lighting brands
Rakumba and Articolo Lighting took stands at Salone del Mobile’s Euroluce. Optimism was high and there were big plans for Milan 2020.
Then COVID-19 changed everything. We talk to some of the designers about how they’re recalibrating.
01. Don Cameron
Sydney interior designer and vintage dealer Don Cameron was just about to freight nine of his massive photographs of Brutalist structures in heavy bronze frames to the Bassam Fellows showroom in Milan’s Brera district for their Milan presentation when the news came through that Salone del Mobile was postponed. After long deliberations as to whether an online 3-D presentation of his work or a physical show in a local gallery could be achieved, the recent easing of restrictions allowed a gallery show to finally be confirmed.
Communion will be exhibited from 11 - 31 August 2020. Don Cameron is represented by Sally-Dan Cuthbert Gallery.