Wisdom of Objects is an exhibition featuring independent designers responding to the premise, that design can be an emotional tool to bring about wellbeing, whether that be intellectual, spiritual or physical. This is explored through one-off pieces and small collections.
Using the intimacy of a front room in a residential dwelling, Wisdom of Objects asks the audience to engage with design in a very intimate way.
The Designers embrace a diversity of perspectives and materials. Their approach to design is a fusion of both artisanal and experimental processes, coupled with contemporary manufacturing methodologies. This intersection creates an exciting space of vigorous exploration, experimentation and originality.
Designers include, Richard Greenacre, Mechelle Shooter, Abde Nouamani, Yan Huang, Eugenie Kawabata and Ilan El.
Kawabata is a multidisciplinary, Melbourne based designer and maker. Her practice is informed by an interest in design’s transformation of materiality and how this affects the way we engage with objects. Her practice also focuses on the hands-on experience, the act of designing through making.
El is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary designer, who creates by hand original products and bespoke designs. Experiential lighting is El’s passion and his products illuminate spaces around the world, from large-scale hospitality projects to custom, one-off residential designs.
Huang is a multidisciplinary designer and artist based in regional Victoria. Huang’s work is informed by her observation of nature and of daily life. Huang creates sculptures with functionality and explores the intersection of art and design through her work.
Greenacre is a Melbourne based designer. Greenacre’s multidisciplinary design approach is grounded in material experimentation and research, and places emphasis on the act of designing through making. His work often fuses traditional craft processes with contemporary manufacturing methods.
Shooter is a multidisciplinary Melbourne based designer and maker. Her curiosity is the impetus to the fostering of new methodologies and processes that bridge the handcrafted and digital divide in design. Shooter seeks to harmonise human activity with nature’s voice, resulting in an empathetic dance between nature, craft practices, and technology.
Nouamani is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary designer. Nouamani utilises both industrial and handmade production techniques, with a focus on working with wood, metal and clay. Nouamani explores the inherent qualities of these materials to create functional forms that are at once curious and familiar.