October in Sydney has been alive with design…..Sydney hosted Saturday INDESIGN, The NSW HIA 2013 awards and Grand Designs all of which proved to be as exciting as ever.
Saturday INDESIGN was a great day out for the design industry to visit supplier showrooms, view the trends and catch up with past and present colleagues. As usual, the red carpet was rolled out to invite designers to view the latest in product and ideas. The weather provided a perfect platform to spend the day hopping on and off the courtesy bus, while sipping on a cocktail and or enjoying some sweet treats all while sourcing new product.
As part of Saturday in Design, Technology Park was buzzing at 10am… a perfect warehouse venue – designer platform to view and touch the latest “on the edge” design…hosting an exciting display of prototypes and concept designs. Garden and lighting design were the rising stars. A great day out, one not to be missed next time Sydney host the event.
The 2013 HIA awards was larger than ever before. The bar has been raised and the quality of work in the housing industry continues to surprise. Marsha Hines did a fine job as MC and we danced the night away.
Last but not least, there was the Grand Designs Exhibition… Still fairly new, this exhibition looks like this yearly exhibition it is here to stay. With a mix of public and designer interest, it is a great venue to attend with clients. The talks are informative and there is always something new and interesting to see.
Of course you have kitchen and bathroom products on display and well done to the KBDI for its efforts in being a role model as design professionals. But it is encouraging to see that outdoor living and garden design is proving to be a strong contender, gaining designer recognition (thumbs up to Alfresco living). And thankfully sustainability is also making its mark with the general public. Sustainable products are now expected and it is great that there is a growing demand.
We are now looking forward to updating the Designing Divas design library with all the new brochures and current trends!