Tsunami Bowl by Adam Goodrum

A question for loyal Design Files readers… who is our favourite emerging Australian product designer?

Answer : Trent Jansen of course!

Too easy!

But whilst the lovely Mr Jansen was flavour of the month in late ’08 – popping up all over the place after the incredible success of his Kissing Pendants at the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery award – you may be wondering what he’s been up to recently….?

Well, aside from jet-setting around the globe promoting his work and looking for manufacturers to put his pieces into production… Trent’s been designing and curating a unique exhibition.


Footprints is designed to promote sustainability in design, and to draw attention to the concept of the carbon footprint, whilst showcasing the work of a select group of Australian artists and designers including Mark Gerada, Anthony Dann, Adam Goodrum and Andrew Van Der Westhuyzen, amongst many others.

Paper Tiger stool by Anthony Dann

The exhibition will also feature Trent’s own work, in the form of a bed of handmade newspaper tulips, which visitors will have to navigate through in order to view the exhibition.

Footprints public viewing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is on for one day onlyThis Sunday March 22nd from 12pm – 4pm. Accompanying the launch will be a live art activity – the ‘Footprints Zaishu Project’, in which 8 artists and designers will create their own Zaishu slot-together seats and tables. These collectible pieces will later be available for sale, with all proceeds going to Oxfam.

The rest of the show (excluding Tulips, I’m afraid) can be viewed at Blank Space, 374 Crown st Surry Hills, from March2 6th – April 1st, where you can also purchase the customised Zaishu stools mentioned above.

Zaishu stools