On Wednesday 14 July the DIA launched Light + Shade, an exhibition of experimental works by designers of various disciplines. The work of 13 architects, interior, industrial, textile, graphic and multimedia designers was showcased before the design industry crowd as part of Victoria’s State of Design.
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As globalisation opens Australian designers up to the international marketplace, we find ourselves at a unique pitching point. ‘Australian’ is the new design commodity. Yet we continue to search for the words that best articulate our most desirable, differentiating qualities. Beyond a can-do, make-do culture, what sets Australian design apart from its contemporary counterparts?