A curated seletion of notable exhibitions, events and publications

Chris Kontos, Tinos Hellenic Marble, 2022



Oigall Project’s exhibition, OFF-SITE, presents seven exciting Australian designers and some of their most ambitious work as a satellite show of Sydney Design Week 2022. Andrew Hustwaite, Brahman Perera, Cordon Salon, Michael Gittings, Brud Studia and Studio Henry Wilson all explored traditional and unconventional materials and processes, blending experimentation and long-established techniques to create approachable and thought-provoking furniture and products. This exploratory show is built on a curiosity of materials and encourages you to engage and respond to design. Most notably, it questions how design informs our daily lives. 

Oigall Projects is a gallery and conceptual testing ground located in Fitzroy, Melbourne (Naarm). The gallery produces exhibitions showcasing captivating and challenging work from contemporary Australian artists and designers. The gallery presents a blank canvas for cyclical reinvention in collaboration, unbound by history nor convention.

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“More than any other piece of furniture the chair has been subject to the wildest creative experimentations - from the self-taught tinkering in their sheds, through to the most esteemed designers in the world. What is it about this object that continues to capture our imagination?”

- Craft Victoria’s Nicole Durling

Craft Victoria presents The Chair, a celebration of the world’s most enduring and iconic design objects. Craft’s CBD gallery will play host to a huge suite of 24 vastly different pieces from 31 Australian designers, artists and makers with a particular focus on exploring materials and utility. Each piece considers the allure of the chair and its enduring hold over craft and design practitices. A broad scope of materials and approaches from experimental to classic design feature from some of the most innovative and renowned makers including Anna Varendorff, Dean Norton, Georgia Weitenberg, Isabel Avendano-Hazbun, James Lemon, Trent Jansen for Broached Monsters by Broached Commissions, Two Lines Studio, and Zachary Frankel.

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From lunch through to dinner, seven days a week, S’WICH by Sydney based Jordan Abram and Jay Fink, promises made-to-order sandwiches and salads along with a selection of bite size snacks and drinks. S’WICH is located in the ground floor of an Art Deco face brick building typical of interwar Bondi Beach. The building, designed by Studio Shand, blends use of colour, form and architecture to create a dynamic and exciting restaurant space. Of the project the studio writes: “We approached the brief for a new sandwich bar as a dynamic study in colour and shape through time. Blanding brick construction with duotone interiors and custom sculptural furnishings, our design interplays raw and refined elements to present a casual diner for the future. Bands of brand colour wrap the store, metal blades split prismatic panels and galvanized plates suspend crystalline blocks to create an artful environment that places focus on the produce and product on offer.” Blending brick construction with duotone interiors and custom sculptural furnishings, it creates an interplay between raw and refined elements to present as a casual diner for the future. This project has been longlisted in the small interiors category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

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Published by Molonglo

Marble in Metamorphosis contemplates the physical and cultural significance of marble. It explores the ethics, politics and symbolism of its use and deliberates why some cultures revere and desire it’s presence. The book features a new essay on marble by esteemed novelist Rachel Cusk. Exploring the modern notion of classicism, the fate of monuments though history and the tension between classicism and realism in art and architecture, Cusk reflects on the connection between marble and human culture. Throughout the book, Chris Kontos’ photography showcases the striking Greek landscape, home to profound marble buildings, artworks and structures. Some notable places on view include the island of Tinos, with its centuries-old tradition of marble mining and craft; and Athens, which has an ancient and enduring connection to marble evident in its ubiquitous presence throughout the city. 

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Installation view Oigall Projects, Off-Site, Sydney Design Week, 2022

Jess Humpston, Ch-air, 2022, stained American white ash, monofilament weaving, 55 x 54 x 81 cm