A new breed of designer is emerging: the ‘designer-maker’. The designer-maker is involved in all aspects of the design process, from the ideation stage all the way through to the hands-on production. The act of intellectual planning and intuitive making are interwoven and become interdependent. The designer-maker also learns from other disciplines and feeds it into their own work. This results in a messy yet intricate process that is influenced by both designing and making.
This event aims to showcase and celebrate the messy process of the designer-maker. The event is split into two parts: an exhibition featuring Atelier Jones Design’s furniture and objects with some of the process involved in the making, and a series of talks from seven designer-makers coming from different disciplines and ranging from students to established professionals.
The goal is to learn from the process of others and to generate cross-disciplinary collaboration. Architecture is cross-disciplinary itself; the more it learns from other design disciplines the more informed and specialised the architecture becomes.
In the context of design shows and exhibitions, it is the outcome that is celebrated. Its process is often hidden or undervalued. In this exhibition, Atelier Jones Design attempts to curate and bring the process of their own work into the foreground. Early prototypes; deconstruction of components; physical exploded views; material studies; rough sketches and photographs all aim to reveal and document the narratives, construction and thinking process behind their furniture and objects.
Date and Time
Friday 20 September – Sunday 29 September 2019
9:00am – 5:00pm daily
Betty Wark Room
Ellen Melville Centre
2 Freyberg Place
Exhibition Opening Night Saturday 21 September 6:00pm – late [SOLD OUT]
Some designers tend to be ashamed of their own design process as they feel that it is too rough or too messy to present. This series of talks will challenge this stigma. Seven designers coming from different disciplines and ranging from students to established professionals will share the juicy bits of the process of their own practice. These will run at specific times (refer to schedule bellow) during the festival. Each talk will last 20 to 40 minutes with room for questions and interaction from the audience. Every single designer has a unique design process that can be very vulnerable and personal. There is a lot more to learn from a process than a finalised outcome.
Talks Schedule and Booking Links
Exploring Materiality & The Art of Inefficiency Hosted by Imogen Zino, Master of Design – AUT University Monday 23 September, 11:30am – 12:30pm