Aussie designers Helen Kontouris, Nick Rennie, Adam Goodrum and Abi Alice spoke at Format Furniture about their success in Milan.
June 4th, 2008
Strictly invite only, this design event, held at the Format Furniture showroom, Surry Hills, gave guests the chance to preview an exclusive exhibition of Italian Design, as part of the Sydney Italian Festival.
Editor of Vogue Living, David Clark hosted the industry evening, talking with Aussie designers recently back from Milan – Helen Kontouris, Nick Rennie (pictured), Adam Goodrum and Abi Alice – about the importance of Italian design. Pieces by Italian brands such as Arflex, FontanaArte and Gufram were on display for lucky invitees.
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