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Tall Poppy Collective

This bold new initiative sees the design industry giving back to local communities in need

Tall Poppy Collective


December 20th, 2012

Tall Poppy Collective (TPC) is a collaborative project bringing together young professionals and students in the design industry to support a worthy cause.

Kicking off the initiative, TPC recently partnered with OzHarvest to design and construct a pop-up space for the OzHarvest cookbook launch.

“Our ethos is re-use / recycle / re-purpose. The majority of our fabric is sourced from reverse garbage and salvaged materials. We work with home-grown brands, supporting local industry & showcasing home grown talent,” explains Rice Daubney Architect and TPC leader Kylie Soltani.

“A socially-minded group focusing on community as well as environmental issues. It aims to provide a creative outlet for established designers, showcase the work of new/upcoming designers & provide opportunity for industry exposure to students. Students work alongside professional designers in the creation of a functioning pop-up bar and interactive design space.

Operating on the principle that each pop-up project be annexed to any one of the operating Sydney Food Trucks, the Tall Poppy Collective becomes a fully catered event.

Operating as a not-for-profit venture Tall Poppy Collective gives back to the community via partnership with charity OzHarvest.

The success of the recent event in Sydney proved to be a wildly successful celebration of the Tall Poppy concept, process and the ability and enthusiasm the design community has to ‘give a little something back’.

Of note is the fact that there was absolutely no budget for this event. All materials were donated from samples and the majority went back to up-cycling mecca Reverse Garbage to find new uses in other applications.

“We recently heard that some items were being used for a Daily Telegraph photo shoot on budget backyard furniture & other pieces have been utilised in a recent Exodus Foundation luncheon for the homeless. What a great example of re-use!” exudes Soltani.

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