Sketch. Prototype. Product.

Factory Design District - Events & Exhibitions - Sydney, NSW, Australia

Presented by AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE™ and Factory Design District hosted by GOOD DESIGN AUSTRALIA for VIVID Ideas 2017

How does a concept for a chair, table, sofa or floor light become a commercially available product? How much do we understand about design process and the role of product designers in the creating everyday objects we live with?

Join FDD, ADA and guests as award-winning designers unmask ‘design process’ in a moderated panel discussion followed by networking drinks.

This event is held within the finalist selection of the GOOD DESIGN AWARDS exhibition, as part of the GOOD DES IGN EXCHANGE that is held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, offering a unique view of the spectacular VIVID Sydney lights on the Sydney Opera House sails


Saturday June 10th 2017 // 4.00 – 5.00pm (moderated discussion)


Design presentation – 3 x lightening pitches from award-winning designers. Followed by a moderated panel discussion. Guests are invited to join us for networking drinks, VIVID Sydney lights on Sydney Opera House sails 6.00pm Bar by Young Henrys until 9.00pm (cash bar)


Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay (Arrivals Hall)


Talk is free to attend // Pre-registration essential to reserve seats.
Networking drinks held with birds-eye view of Vivid Lights

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Meet the speaker panel for Sketch. Prototype. Product.

TOMEK ARCHER, Archer Office – Archer Objects
@ArcherOffice @ArcherObjects //

Establishing TOMAWAWK Studios whilst studying, Tomek’s earliest furniture designs were recognised by the Australian Financial Review, nominating Campfire Table (2002) in the top 20 Australian designs of all time, alongside the Holden Monaro and furniture by Marc Newson.

Campfire Table received a Good Design Australia ‘Design Mark,’ and is licensed in Europe by Roethlisberger who launched the table in Milan in 2012. Tomek joined Wallpaper* Handmade during Milan Design Week 2016, a touring exhibition that features at other design weeks.

Also an award-winning architect – Tomek received the 2012 SOYA award for architecture and interiors, and is listed in Wallpaper* Magazine architecture directory. Founding Archer Office in 2014 – current projects include Lendlease, a shopping centre in Victoria, and numerous private residential commissions. Tomek also designs furniture for Australian web-based, flat pack brand NOMI.

@designbythem //

Nick and Sarah met whilst studying Industrial Design at university (UTS ) at a time Australian designers were looking for overseas companies to represent their furniture designs. Establishing DesignByThem in 2007, the duo aimed to create an Australian design brand that represented Australian talent, with collaboration core to their design ethos.

DesignByThem drive appreciation for original Australian design through accessible products with personality; products that are made to last. Striking a balance between fun and function, the furniture, lighting and accessory collection is curated and considered, innovative but not forced, and importantly – useful and enjoyable – being sensitive to both time and to the environment.

The company has worked with architecture and interior design firms across the globe including Hassell, Woods Bagot and HOK as well as selling direct to consumer homes. Including the inhouse collaborations between the co-founders, Sarah and Nick have worked alongside notable Australian names including Stefan Lie, Tommy Cehak, Trent Jansen, Seaton Mckeon, Tom
Fereday and Jon Goulder.

MICHAEL YOUNG – Michael Young Studio
@MichaelYoungStudio //

Brit-born Michael Young quickly became a sought after designer, his work represented at retailers and institutions such as The Conran Store and Pompidou Museum not long after graduating Kingston University in 1992.

Relocating to Hong Kong in 2006, Michael has studios in Belgium, Hong Kong and Sydney, and uses design to innovate brands; recognised as a sophisticated minimalist, acclaimed for an elegant pared-back design aesthetic.

Highly decorated and holding a prolific brand catalogue, a stellar client roster includes Absolut Vodka, Cathay Pacific, Cappellini, Lacoste, Magis, MOKE and Laurent Perrier – to list but a few brands he’s worked with in the past 20 years.

“It is design as Industrial Art that interests me, not just as a limited edition, but on a scale of mass
production.” – Michael Young