Freestyle: new Australian design for living

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Dinosaur Designs, Gumball and Space Wabi Necklaces, Bangles, Spot Rings, 2005. Resin and leather. Photo: Stephan Ward
Dinosaur Designs, Gumball and Space Wabi Necklaces, Bangles, Spot Rings, 2005. Resin and leather. Photo: Stephan Ward
bernabeifreeman, Ema Pendant (2006) Punched aluminium diffuser with powder coated finish, hand screen printed fabric. Photo: Dieu Tan
bernabeifreeman, Ema Pendant (2006) Punched aluminium diffuser with powder coated finish, hand screen printed fabric. Photo: Dieu Tan
Easton Pearson, Easton Pearson Autumn Winter #2 (2005). Photo: Brad Hick, Six 6 Photography
Easton Pearson, Easton Pearson Autumn Winter #2 (2005). Photo: Brad Hick, Six 6 Photography
Alexander Lotersztain, Solitaire workstation (2004) Plywood. Photo: Florian Groehn
Alexander Lotersztain, Solitaire workstation (2004) Plywood. Photo: Florian Groehn

31 May to 22 July 2007

Freestyle: new Australian design for living brings together the work and stories of 40 outstanding Australian designers from the fields of furniture, lighting, textiles, homewares, fashion, jewellery and accessories.

This exhibition aims to reflect the character, vibrancy and increasing maturity of contemporary design in Australia. Handmade one-off and limited edition design objects are showcased and considered alongside industrially manufactured items and prototypes - reflecting the breadth and nature of design excellence and innovation in Australia. Intriguing aspects of the personality, passion and process of the individual designers is revealed and their work is placed within broader personal and cultural contexts. Freestyle provides a unique and timely overview of contemporary object design in Australia.

Curated by Object's Associate Director Brian Parkes and accompanied by a major publication - with exhibition design and identity by internationally acclaimed Frost Design - this compelling survey exhibition is a first-time collaboration between Melbourne Museum and Object Gallery. Opening in Melbourne, Freestyle travels to Sydney before embarking on a national and international tour.

For more information visit Freestyle online.

Curated by Brian Parkes

Presenting Partners : Melbourne Museum and Object Gallery
Principal Sponsor: Bombay Sapphire
Principal Supporters: Victorian Government, Visions of Australia
Sponsors: Media Sponsor - Vogue living, Frost Design
Organisational Supporters: Australia Council for the Arts, ARTS NSW, Visual Arts and Craft Strategy

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