Studio Pop-ups: evolution of a market set-up

Burger Colouring In Wallpaper artwork by Jon Burgerman © 2011 Burgerplex Limited

We all covet designer products; now you have the opportunity to see how designers create at Sydney Design Studio Pop-ups! Studio Pop-ups at the Powerhouse Museum combines the experience of the open studio with designer markets in an ‘all-in-one’ pop-up environment. This curated experience is grounded in design excellence and set alongside the Museum’s design exhibitions including Engineering Excellence, ISEA2013: resistance is futile …Love LaceLockheed Lounge on display and the draw-card exhibition for Sydney Design 2013 – George Nelson: architect, writer, designer, teacher, it’s sure to be a killer line-up to satisfy everyone’s design cravings!

Designer Emily Green at work in her Melbourne studio

Designer Emily Green at work in her Melbourne studio

You may already be familiar with the Powerhouse Museum’s Young Blood markets which were launched in 2005 as part of Sydney Design program. It was one of the first designer markets in Sydney as well as the only design market presented in a museum setting. Since 2005 many design markets have appeared across Sydney which is a good thing for both shoppers and designers. Markets are an important launch pad for emerging designers and as a museum dedicated to ‘unpacking’ design in all its manifestations the Sydney Design Production team felt it was time for the evolution of the market set-up.

One of the strongest aspects of feedback the Museum received from Young Blood was the visitor delight at being able to interact with the designers. Domingo Morchio Losada of Mi-Wallet is a prime example. His wallets are constructed from a single piece of recycled paper (laminated for strength), though this fact is usually met by disbelief from shoppers. As Domingo dutifully unfolds and refolds his wallets a crowd gathers around his stall and the disbelief turns to amazement. It is a scene he has played out a hundred times and highlights the joy and value that can be gained from understanding the creative and constructive process behind designer objects. This insight and value is what Studio Pop-ups seeks to facilitate for the Museum visitor. Unlike other markets, Domingo will have space dedicated to demonstrating his studio practice, and room for the resulting audience!

By introducing Studio Pop-ups the Museum will continue to support the work of local designers whilst presenting our audiences a deeper and more meaningful experience with the design process. Set in the heart of the Museum, Studio Pop-ups offers designers a high-profile respected platform to promote their practice and sell their products or collection. As Sydney’s only curated pop-up designer studios, being selected grants studio residents access to media and industry contacts as well as a very large, diverse, design hungry audience.

Hamish Ta-Mé with photography equipment of his own design

Hamish Ta-Mé with photography equipment of his own design

Of course having a glimpse into these designers’ studios can whet one’s creative DIY appetite, so Studio Pop-ups has been sure to offer Museum visitors a chance to get involved in the action with free drop-in activities. Experts in stunning stationery, Natalie and Ben Mason of Rebound Books, will be running a free envelope making workshop where you will be guided through making beautiful stationery worth writing home about.

Natalie & Ben Mason of Rebound Books

Natalie & Ben Mason of Rebound Books

If you still resent your parents for thwarting your young artistic expression on the bedroom walls, seek closure in the Turbine Hall where you can unleash your inner child on colour-in wallpaper by Jon Burgerman (as seen in the lead image of the article).

While you’re watching, shopping, and creating, enjoy live music by Edward Deer. His dark, melodic and highly personal sound suggests a range of reference points, from classic acoustic folk to pop, rock, Americana and electronic music. His musical approach has received comparisons to the likes of Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, Jose Gonzalez and Kings of Convenience.

Musician Edward Deer

Musician Edward Deer

Studio Pop-ups participating designers include Abby SeymourBilingualEmily GreenEnmore Design CentreHamish Ta-meLimedropMaricor/MaricarMi-WalletRebound Books and Shan Shan and Helen Mok and takes place at the Powerhouse Museum on 15-18 August 10am-5pm each day. It’s free with Museum entry and includes free drop-in activities – Envelope Making Workshop, from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm each day and Colouring In Wall from 10am-5pm each day. Bookings are not required for these activies.

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