Monday, 27 February 2017

Vale - Emeritus Professor Kjell Grant 1927-2017

The Montreal chair designed by industrial designer, architect, artist, and educator Kjell Grant was commissioned by Robin Boyd to feature in the Australian Pavilion at World Expo in Montreal and this year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Montreal chair and all the creative contibution of Australian designers to Expo67.

Not a bad "yarn".


Emeritus Professor Kjell Grant 1927-2017

If you had the good fortune to know Kjell Grant you would know that he loved a great yarn. It may have been a yarn about New York in the fifties working in the office of Raymond Loewy, or studying under Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth or Mies van der Rohe, or even working for Cartier, Orrefors and Rosenthal. Whatever the yarn, it engaged, inspired and most importantly for his many students, ignited the desire to take on the world.


Montreal chair designed by Kjell Grant - commissioned by Robin Boyd for the Australian Pavilion at Expo67.

In founding Melbourne Movement in 1999 Grant went much further than just words.

He committed to the challenge of introducing the talent of young and emerging designers from Melbourne to the world. Inspired by his own legendary teachers, Grant had for many years lectured furniture design in Melbourne. He was absolutely convinced of the immense talent of his students. They just needed a platform.

Melbourne Movement has proven itself to be a very sound platform. In 2015 Grant was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Design Institute of Australia for his contribution to education.

Alberto Alessi recently acknowledged Australian designers as the second largest group of designers for his iconic italian design factory brand Alessi. Significantly, Melbourne Movement members Jim Hannon-Tan, Lisa Vincitorio, and Adam Cornish all have products with Alessi after exhibiting at Salone Satellite in Milan. Celebrated designers Nick Rennie and Helen Kontouris studied under Grant.

I recall vividly the day Kjell Grant saw the Trinity bowl prototype designed by Adam Cornish as he prepared for Milan. Kjell was so excited by the work and convinced of the huge potential of his protégé. The Trinity range has proved to be a huge success for Alessi and just last week Alessi released the Arris wall clock designed by Cornish.



Designers Adam Cornish and Lisa Vincitorio with Melbourne Movement founder Emeritus Professor Kjell Grant.

In 2017 Salone Satellite celebrates 20 years and has commissioned an exhibition of the best designers to emerge from Milan. Melbourne Movement has exhibited every year since 1999. Over the 20 years perhaps as many as 10,000 young designers have journied to Milan exhibiting prototypes.

Melbourne Movement designer Adam Cornish has been honoured to be selected by the curators of the 20th anniversary of Salone Satellite exhibition.

A best of the best show..... not a bad yarn Kjell.

Rest in peace.

Kjell Grant 1927-2017

More posts on Emeritus Professor Kjell Grant here.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Moulded Products - Nylex Art Deco cutlery tray


Nylex plastic cutlery tray with Art Deco graphics manufactured by Moulded Products (Australia) Pty Ltd.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Stuart Devlin - The Designer with the Midas Touch exhibition


Ian Wong Senior Lecturer Monash University officially opens the Royal Mint exhibition Stuart Devlin - The Designer with the Midas Touch.


Ian Wong Senior Lecturer Monash University officially opens the Royal Mint exhibition Stuart Devlin - The Designer with the Midas Touch.



Link to the exhibition here.




Saturday, 26 November 2016

BoDW Hong Kong - BlackBOX - Design and Innovation | Melbourne Australia

BlackBOX - Design and Innovation | Melbourne Australia will feature at BoDW Business of Design Week in Hong Kong at Inspiration Hall HKCEC 1-3 December 2016



BlackBOX - Design and Innovation | Melbourne Australia

Monday, 31 October 2016

Wellness in the Internet Age - Suzhou China

Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda was held recently by Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology in Suzhou China. 


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Dr Henry Linger presents at Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Professor Doug Vogel presents at Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Keynote address presented by Babara Reed for Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Professor Daphne Flynn - Director of Monash Art Design and Architecture Health Collab conducted a design thinking workshop as part of the Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda program. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.


Wellness in the Internet Age - exploring the health agenda. 
Monash University, Southeast University and Harbin Institute of Technology Workshop. 
October 2016 Suzhou China.



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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Stuart Devlin - Wilshire Staysharp Knife MK1

In 1964 a US market survey showed that 80% of Americans didn’t know how to sharpen a knife. ‘Aha!’ thought Dennis Jackson, a design engineer for Wiltshire Cutlery in Melbourne, ‘a knife that sharpens itself is the answer!’ In an instant he had identified a whole new range of products with an advantage over any blade ever sold before.

Stuart Devlin AO designed the first distinctive wall mounted scabbard.

Peter Bayly, one of Melbourne’s pioneering industrial design consultants, designed the classic 70s range for Staysharp which was awarded the Prince Phillip Prize and Good Design selection.


Wiltshire Staysharp Knife MK1 - Designed by Stuart Devlin featured in BlackBOX - Design and Innovation | Melbourne Australia.

Text and imges from BlackBOX Design and Innovation | Melbourne Australia. Published May 2015. Copyright Ian Wong.
 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the proper permission in writing from Ian Wong.
ISBN 978–1–921994–38–8

Friday, 7 October 2016

Michael Simcoe - Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation exhibition

The career of Australian automotive designer Michael Simcoe is celebrated in the exhibition 'Innovators - Australian Design and Innovation during Beijing Design Week 2016.

The exhibition was commissioned as part of the Australia@BJDW 2016 program and is curated by Ian Wong from Monash University.

In April 2016 Michael was appointed as the Vice President of General Motors Global Design only the seventh individual to hold this position and the first non American. Simcoe takes over from Ed Welburn with Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Irvin Rybicki, Chuck Jordan, and Wayne Cherry the full list of GM global design leaders. 



Michael Simcoe - Vice President of General Motors Global Design



Thursday, 6 October 2016

Beijing Design Week 2016 - Monash University wins Innovative Design Award

Monash University was presented with the Innovative Design Award at the Beijing Design Week 2016 - 751 International Design Festival Design Night for the exhibition 'Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation' curated by Ian Wong.

The exhibition features 3D printed titanium Chinese stamps and a cloud based content delivery platform combining Augmented Reality and iBeacon technology. The exhibition is part of the Australia@BJDW 2016 program and closes on October 6th.


Monash University wins Innovation Design Award
Beijing Design Week 2016 - 751 International Design Festival
'Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation'


Curator Ian Wong from Monash University and Hayley Ward - Australia@BJDW program Austaralian Embassy in China.  


Beijing Design Week 2016 - 751 International Design Festival Design Night entertainment.


Beijing Design Week 2016 - 751 International Design Festival Design Night Awards presentation.


Beijing Design Week 2016 - 751 International Design Festival Design Night


Mr Vittorio Sun - Deputy Director  - Beijing Design Week and Monash University senior lecturer and curator Ian Wong.


Curator Ian Wong with Beijing Design Week VIP guest Professor Liu Guanzhong from Tsinghua University.


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Augmented reality user experience by Dr Indae Hwang triggered by ancient Chinese character markers. iOS version triggered by iBeacon technology from Art Processors.


Monash University senior lecturer and curator Ian Wong
Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation

Dates:
28 September-6 October, 10:00am-6:00pm daily
Venue:  
L Building 2nd Floor, 751 D.Park,  
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. 
Curator: 
Ian Wong 
Website:



Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation is an exhibition that celebrates design and innovation from Australia. The exhibition will feature sixteen digital archives with iconic Australian innovations like wifi, the bionic ear, polymer notes, and innovators including Marc Newson, Michael Simcoe and Denton Corker Marshall.

The exhibition design theme highlights the invention of wifi by the CSIRO in Australia presenting cloud based content on IOS devices utilising an app and mobile content delivery technology developed by Art Processors. 

Curator Ian Wong is collaborating with a traditional Chinese artist merging ancient Chinese craft with the latest lightweight metal 3D printing technology. The resulting 3D printed traditional Chinese seals (yang) are featured as the “trigger” for this sustainable and innovative interactive exhibition. 

The digital archive for each project is activated automatically as visitors approach each individually crafted seal resting on a small podium.

Innovation and cloud based technologies represent the future and this exhibition highlights Australia’s proud history of innovation and celebrates our contemporary design professionals.






Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Beijing Design Week - Australia

Crowds have been out in Beijing for Beijing Design Week 2016. The 798 and 751D.Park precinct has been busy and attendance across all Australia@BJDW events has been outstanding.

'Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation' is located above Guest City Seoul which has elevated  visitor numbers well above expectation.


Beijing Design Week 2016 - Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation
Australia@BJDW 2016


Beijing Design Week 2016 - Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation
Australia@BJDW 2016


Beijing Design Week 2016 - Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation
Australia@BJDW 2016


Beijing Design Week 2016 - Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation
Australia@BJDW 2016

Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation

Dates:
28 September-6 October, 10:00am-6:00pm daily
Venue:  
L Building 2nd Floor, 751 D.Park,  
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. 
Curator: 
Ian Wong 
Website:
http://www.innovatorsbjdw.com 

http://china.embassy.gov.au/files/bjng/AUS@BJDW%20Final.PDF 


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation is an exhibition that celebrates design and innovation from Australia. The exhibition will feature sixteen digital archives with iconic Australian innovations like wifi, the bionic ear, polymer notes, and innovators including Marc Newson, Michael Simcoe and Denton Corker Marshall.

The exhibition design theme highlights the invention of wifi by the CSIRO in Australia presenting cloud based content on IOS devices utilising an app and mobile content delivery technology developed by Art Processors. 

Curator Ian Wong is collaborating with a traditional Chinese artist merging ancient Chinese craft with the latest lightweight metal 3D printing technology. The resulting 3D printed traditional Chinese seals (yang) are featured as the “trigger” for this sustainable and innovative interactive exhibition. 

The digital archive for each project is activated automatically as visitors approach each individually crafted seal resting on a small podium.

Innovation and cloud based technologies represent the future and this exhibition highlights Australia’s proud history of innovation and celebrates our contemporary design professionals.

http://china.embassy.gov.au/bjng/events.html


Beijing Design Week 2016 - Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation
Australia@BJDW 2016


Beijing Design Week 2016 - Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation
Australia@BJDW 2016



Thursday, 29 September 2016

Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016

Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016


Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016



CSIRO 3D printed 'Chop or Yang'


Concave designed by Susan Cohn


Cobalt designed 4300 Handheld FTIR


WiFi invented by the CSIRO 

Innovators - Australian Design & Innovation - Beijing Design Week 2016