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Image – Rose Seidler House, courtesy of Sydney Design Festival.

Our Picks Of The Sydney Design Festival

1st March, 2019

The epic 10-day program is on now!

Local and international experts in design come together for The Sydney Design Festival, a 10-day program packed with exciting events exploring this year’s festival theme, Accessing Design. Featuring 138 events, the program spans tours, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, markets, open studios podcasts, keynote presentations, installations, and symposiums.

One of Australia’s most popular porcelain brands, Mud Australia, will open the doors to their Marrickville studio this Wednesday night, inviting their international network of creatives to contribute to a group exhibition. Mud founder Shelley Simpson will also speak on her perspective on the Australian design industry since starting the business from her garage in 1994.

Taking place at Powerhouse Museum, The Ideal Home: Art and Design runs the entirety of the festival. The exhibition explores Australian experiences of home over the past century, comparing physical elements like design and architecture alongside social issues such as homelessness and housing affordability.

A pop-up cinema screening Modernist films will take place at the Rose Seidler House, one of Sydney’s most architecturally significant buildings, for Seidler Screenings: Architecture, Film, and Music. Presented by Sydney Living Museums, visitors have the rare chance to see inside this mid-century masterpiece led by expert guides, culminating in the Sydney premiere of a new film about Modernist architecture, Columbus.

Click here to see the full program of events on at Sydney Design Festival! 

Sydney Design Festival 
March 1st-10th 
Sydney, New South Wales

1st March, 2019

This Week

Gardens

A Coastal Garden That Revives The Native Landscape

House Revisited brings the natural landscape of Macmasters Beach on the NSW Central Coast, into a stunning residential property.

Art

A Look Inside Abbey Rich's Mesmerising New Exhibition

See the Melbourne artist's beautifully bold abstract pieces at MARS Gallery, filled with playful patterns and hidden meanings.
Christina Karras

Gardens

A Boundless Garden Immersed In Native Bushland

A new coastal home on the Mornington Peninsula buried deep within a native grassy woodland, with stunning gardens by Plume Studio.

Food

Julia's Crunchy Crumbed Fish With Cos Salad + Yoghurt Tartare

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's delicious take on a classic summer fish dinner – on high rotation for the rest of the season!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Studio Visit

The Sydney Sculptor Creating Striking Pieces From Centuries-Old Sandstone

Sculptor Tom Butterworth creates striking tables, stools and vessels from recycled Australian sandstone, with beautiful results.
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

An Off-Grid, Modern Country Farmhouse In Regional Victoria

Step inside a newly built farmhouse that's fully off the grid, with all the classic features of an old country home.
Christina Karras

Creative People

The New Small Business Making Mid-Century-Inspired Furniture In Australia

Culture Cush are making velvet-covered modular lounges inspired by retro designs, with the best materials of today!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Vintage Farmhouse On Sydney’s Upper North Shore

It looks like an authentic country farmhouse, but Alexandra Nea Graham’s family home is an almost entirely new-build!
Lucy Feagins
  6 hours ago

Architecture

An Unconventional Beach House Elevated On Steel

Steel beams elevate AB House by Office MI—JI to form an unconventional beach house in Barwon Heads.

Studio Visit

Local Artist Hannah Maskell Creates Mesmerising Grids Of Colour

The Melbourne-based artist's geometric drawings and wooden sculptures are a cross between 'colour theory and colour therapy'.
Christina Karras

On The Market

An Idyllic Homestead With Country Views For Sale In Gippsland!

This 1890s homestead is the ultimate treechange opportunity, with a rambling garden, sprawling views, and it's already been renovated!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Quirky Redfern Terrace With A Hidden Green Roof

The unconventional family home of designer Sacha Coles, split over 4 levels!

Gardens

A Lush Secret Garden, Inside A Converted Melbourne Church!

This surprising garden in East Melbourne has its own lagoon pool, a natural fish pond and 10m-tall walls covered in ivy.
Christina Karras

Climate

Everything You Need To Know About GreenPower (+ Why You Should Make The Switch)

The easiest way to invest in in Australia's renewable future - and it's simpler (and cheaper) than you think!

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life With Local Icons + TikTok Stars, Ginger And Carman

Get to know the fashionable, dynamic duo, whose fun-filled adventures (and inspiring approach to life) have made them Internet famous!
Christina Karras

TDF News. Keeping you up to date on art & cultural events, exhibitions, and other creative happenings across Australia.

VIC

An Exciting Peter Tyndall Exhibition Is On Now In Melbourne

Don’t miss this engaging celebration of one of Australia’s most influential artists on now at Buxton Contemporary.
Sponsored

NATIONAL

DOMO's Massive New Year Sale Is Back!

Now’s your chance to pick up that piece you’ve had your eye on with up to 50% off major international brands at DOMO.
Sponsored

NATIONAL

A Summery New Collection By Australia’s Oldest Textile Mill

Shop Waverly Mills’ beautiful new range of blankets, rugs, and throws, with all fabrics made at their century-old factory!
Christina Karras

NATIONAL

New Melbourne Brand Saule Have Created The Dreamiest Robes, Just In Time For Summer

Local creative Sally Tabart has designed the ultimate robe for the home, beach and beyond – and it’s all made here in Melbourne!
Christina Karras

NATIONAL

The Melbourne Label Making Stylish Kids' Wetsuits That Grow On Trees

Fants make kids’ wetsuits from natural rubber that look good and do good.
Sponsored

VIC

See Ethiopian-Norwegian Artist Olana Janfa's Colourful, Debut Solo Show!

The Melbourne-based painter’s first solo show is opening tonight, exploring themes of language, race and status in his playful works.
Christina Karras

NATIONAL

Don't Miss Major Discounts On Designer Furniture At DOMO's Black Friday Sale!

Here’s everything you need to know about DOMO’s Black Friday Sale, with 20% off iconic designer brands, for one day only!
Sponsored

VIC

An Exhibition Of Abstract, Thought-Provoking Pieces Is On Now At Heide

See a line-up of abstract works exploring negative space and time, featuring leading Australians and world-famous artists like Anish Kapoor!...
Sponsored

NATIONAL

Shop Artworks From 25 Aboriginal Art Centres At The Online Desart Christmas Market

Explore and purchase ethically-produced works from 25 Aboriginal art centres online this weekend.
Sponsored

VIC

Third Drawer Down Team Up With Heide For The Museum's New + Improved Shop!

You can now shop the witty, quirky and art-printed objects of Third Drawer Down at Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Christina Karras

VIC

Kustom Timber's New Flooring Range Is Inspired By Victoria's Coastal Beauty

The local timber specialists reflect the rustic landscape of the Mornington Peninsula in their latest flooring range.
Sponsored

VIC

Victoria Reichelt’s Hyper-Real Paintings Hold Messages Of The Past

The artist’s new Melbourne exhibition looks back at headlines from decades ago to draw attention to climate change and current events....
Christina Karras

VIC

See The Next Big Thing At The RMIT End of Year Student Showcases 2022

Works from the next generation of creative minds are on display now at the RMIT End of Year Student Showcases 2022. 
Sponsored

NATIONAL

Elevate Your Daily Routine With Melbourne's Newest Lifestyle Brand

Looking to treat yourself to cosy bedlinen, pyjamas and considered homewares? Meet Melbourne label FINE-DAY!
Sponsored

NATIONAL

6 Chefs + Artists Come Together In New Food For Everyone Posters!

The beloved culinary poster series is celebrating local female artists and foodies in a beautiful new collection curated by Gemma Leslie.
Christina Karras

NATIONAL

Find Timeless Christmas Gifts Friends + Family Actually Want At Space

Space’s ‘Radiant Celebration’ collection makes Christmas gifting easy!
Sponsored

NATIONAL

Curate Your Own Festive Style With Target's New Christmas Collection

Affordable homewares, quality ceramics and contemporary decorations combine with classic motifs in Target’s new Christmas range!
Sponsored

NATIONAL

3 Must-Have New Pieces From Australian Brand Nau + Designer Adam Goodrum

Cult’s in-house furniture and lighting brand is back with three innovative pieces, designed by prolific local designer Adam Goodrum!
Sponsored

NATIONAL

Eva Releases Premium New Mattress With Customisable Firmness Levels

Switch up the firmness of your mattress as your needs change with Eva’s newly-released Mattress Plus. 
Sponsored

NATIONAL

Designer Greg Natale’s New Book Is Full Of Luxurious Home Inspiration

The award-winning Australian designer takes readers inside eight luxury homes in his beautiful new book, The Layered Interior!
Christina Karras

This Week

On The Market

An Idyllic Homestead With Country Views For Sale In Gippsland!

This 1890s homestead is the ultimate treechange opportunity, with a rambling garden, sprawling views, and it's already been renovated!
Christina Karras

Architecture

An Unconventional Beach House Elevated On Steel

Steel beams elevate AB House by Office MI—JI to form an unconventional beach house in Barwon Heads.

Studio Visit

The Sydney Sculptor Creating Striking Pieces From Centuries-Old Sandstone

Sculptor Tom Butterworth creates striking tables, stools and vessels from recycled Australian sandstone, with beautiful results.
Christina Karras

Climate

Everything You Need To Know About GreenPower (+ Why You Should Make The Switch)

The easiest way to invest in in Australia's renewable future - and it's simpler (and cheaper) than you think!

Food

Julia's Crunchy Crumbed Fish With Cos Salad + Yoghurt Tartare

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's delicious take on a classic summer fish dinner – on high rotation for the rest of the season!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Gardens

A Boundless Garden Immersed In Native Bushland

A new coastal home on the Mornington Peninsula buried deep within a native grassy woodland, with stunning gardens by Plume Studio.

Homes

A Quirky Redfern Terrace With A Hidden Green Roof

The unconventional family home of designer Sacha Coles, split over 4 levels!

Gardens

A Lush Secret Garden, Inside A Converted Melbourne Church!

This surprising garden in East Melbourne has its own lagoon pool, a natural fish pond and 10m-tall walls covered in ivy.
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Local Artist Hannah Maskell Creates Mesmerising Grids Of Colour

The Melbourne-based artist's geometric drawings and wooden sculptures are a cross between 'colour theory and colour therapy'.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Vintage Farmhouse On Sydney’s Upper North Shore

It looks like an authentic country farmhouse, but Alexandra Nea Graham’s family home is an almost entirely new-build!
Lucy Feagins
  6 hours ago

Sustainable Homes

An Off-Grid, Modern Country Farmhouse In Regional Victoria

Step inside a newly built farmhouse that's fully off the grid, with all the classic features of an old country home.
Christina Karras

Gardens

A Coastal Garden That Revives The Native Landscape

House Revisited brings the natural landscape of Macmasters Beach on the NSW Central Coast, into a stunning residential property.

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life With Local Icons + TikTok Stars, Ginger And Carman

Get to know the fashionable, dynamic duo, whose fun-filled adventures (and inspiring approach to life) have made them Internet famous!
Christina Karras

Creative People

The New Small Business Making Mid-Century-Inspired Furniture In Australia

Culture Cush are making velvet-covered modular lounges inspired by retro designs, with the best materials of today!
Christina Karras

Art

A Look Inside Abbey Rich's Mesmerising New Exhibition

See the Melbourne artist's beautifully bold abstract pieces at MARS Gallery, filled with playful patterns and hidden meanings.
Christina Karras
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