NGV Australia, Federation Square
Ground Level, NGV Design Studio
17 Aug – Feb 2019
OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY
Founded in Melbourne in 2010, Broached Commissions is Australia’s most noted limited-edition design studio and leading international exponent of narrative based object design. The studio collaborates with Australian and international designers to produce furniture and objects that respond to context, history and mythology.
Since 2010 a broad array of projects have been developed for international exhibition or through direct commissions for leading architectural projects. In its own way, each project follows a research-led process – fusing cultural narrative and historical research with contemporary design. The outcome is work that combines legacy (political, social, industrial, material and formal) with contemporary functional and material expectations.
Comprising of works by Australian and international designers, including Trent Jansen, MAD Architects, Lucy McRae and Adam Goodrum, this exhibition, as the first Broached Commissions retrospective, brings together the most celebrated pieces across the studio’s output in addition to presenting newly realised commissions.
The exhibition, presented in the Design Studio at NGV Australia, offers a rich journey into the ideas and inspiration behind the works, providing a unique insight into a coming of age for Australian design, while examining the contemporary phenomena of collectable design-art realised through rich collaborations between contemporary designers, industry and craftspeople.
Colonial Prickly Lamp 2011 (detail)
Designed by Lucy McRae
hand dyed wood shards, aluminium
Photo: Scottie Cameron