Exhibition Adds Artistic Design to Environmental Awareness

The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia), May 16, 2009 | Go to article overview

Exhibition Adds Artistic Design to Environmental Awareness


GOOD design, when applied to items for everyday use, enables us to live and to work more efficiently.

The aware designer reads a space, whether domestic or commercial, and produces an object that is both aesthetically fulfilling and pleasingly functional.

The Feather and Lawry Design Gallery at 4 Russell Street is presenting the exhibition Designing Green which champions the sustainability of good design that incorporates aspects of environmental awareness.

There is a Jardan sofa covered in lush, velvety fabric that is made from 100% bamboo, sitting atop a shag pile rug of New Zealand wool.

Kent Gration's rakish tables and stools are shaped from laminated bamboo, highlighting the versatility of this rapidly renewable resource.

The pendant light by David Trubridge comes as a flat pack and is made from cut-out three ply using the minimum amount of material for maximum effect.

In counterpoint to these and other examples of innovative design are artworks that utilise recycling to create original statements.

Deborah Beaumont has taken newspaper spoils and old aluminium newspaper printing plates to create ethereal digital manipulations of almost Oriental delicacy.

Andrew MacDonald has used wood from the forest floor to make handsomely unique furniture, and has re-assembled a disembowelled piano into textured assemblages of wood, felt, and metal.

Rebecca Ward's elegant jewellery in softly frosted shards of glass started life as the once popular louvre windows. …

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