LOCAL DESIGN was asked to showcase in the PRESENT gallery area at last months inaugural Melbourne Design Fair, in partnership with the NGV and Melbourne Art Fair. Curator Simone LeAmon wished to bring together collectible contemporary design and stage it a manner that engaged with an audience that was ready to make aquasitions of the limited edition and rare creative pieces on display.

Emma Elizabeth wanted to continue to push works that had been curated in 2021 with Canberra Glassworks. Utilising the five designers from this show and their glass creations for this Melbourne showcase. While also bringing on another designer into the mix, that would push the boundaries of the art meets design or design meets art conversation.

Designers included Tom Fereday, Tom Skeehan, Andrew SimpSon, Luke Storrier, Anna Varendorff and Emma Elizabeth.

180 degree vessels by Emma Elizabeth, hand blown into a custom mould at Canberra Glassworks. The variety of scales can work individually or overlap as a cluster, allowing the consumer to become the artist.

The Rosewood Series by Luke Storrier, the predominate sculptor and artist, fused his hand making and artistic skills into creating these privacy screens. That can be custom made in a variety of sizes, to conceal a conversation, a moment or even just a wall.

Tom Fereday’s Sana Bowls created through cast crystal glass. Andrew Simpson’s mould blown glass created through a graphite blowing mould.

Tom Skeehan’s Brow Bowls created via carved and blown glass.

Anna Varendorff’s Double Bubble Wall Hooks blown and hot-formed glass made within Canberra Glassworks.

Photography by Daniel Goode | Styling by Emma Elizabeth


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