The NEST exhibition of independent Australian designers took centre stage at the recent DesignEX show in Melbourne, and it was a real highlight of our visit to see what’s emerging on the scene here. Curated by Anne-Maree Seargent, the collective included some of our favourite designers (and some welcome new discoveries!) showing new products and as-yet-unreleased designs. Seriously, the talent!
Following on from his successful showing of the amazing Diamond Ring Pendant last year, architectural lighting designer Christopher Boots returned to NEST to debut two more one-off pieces using his signature bronze, brass, steel and clear quartz crystal. It’s always an absolute pleasure to talk to Christopher and to get up close to his creations. Beckoned by the huge ORACLE pendant (ABOVE), we couldn’t help returning again and again to take it all in. And that crystal glow (BELOW) … the energy from his pieces is truly sublime!
Melbourne-based interdisciplinary designer Simone LeAmon exhibited new additions to her distinctive La Prima Ballerina lighting collection. So theatrical!
Damian Hipwell returned to his second year at NEST to show his Studio Hip designs (BELOW), with a really cool, almost retro vibe and an organic simplicity that we really admire. All of Damian’s work has a strong environmental sensibility – he specialises in eco-friendly furniture and multi functional custom creations.
Lighting designer Flynn Talbot unveiled the much anticipated follow-up to his internationally acclaimed X&Y lamp – the LATITUDE pendant (BELOW). It allows you to position light where you want it, with any angle possible, and throws off incredible shadow play. And we walked away with a piece of the wire component as a fun keepsake (thanks Flynn – it’s now hanging on the Design Pilgrim mood board!).
The incredibly talented Adam Cornish never fails to impress us, and his new soon-to-be released handmade ceramic light pendants (BELOW) were a real highlight, with their raw and earthy aesthetic. They look fantastic hung in groups in various sizes and shapes. Love these!
Anara Mailybayeva really impressed us with her mirrored wall shelves, as part of her UNFAMILIAR BASICS collection of objects that address the issues of preparation and storage in relation to a person leaving and coming back home (making one’s daily routine organise and efficient). Called PIECE OF CAKE, the circular shapes come in a set of two and can be stacked into one another to make up a full cylinder. Very cool functional design!
Ilanel caught our eye with the stunning cylindrical BLACK RAIN and RAIN pendants (BELOW). They look quite ethereal when lit up, casting shadows across the surrounding surfaces and offering an almost star like quality. Beautiful!
Copper I.D featured the NEST, MINI-WEAVE pendant, DROPLET pendant and SQUARE sofa – the honeycomb effect these pendants is amazing!
An/Aesthetic is by duo industrial designer Ben Wahrlich and graphic designer Kiri Hughes, and we really loved their HIDE moulded leather pendant lights (BELOW). They’ve only just been released, brand spanking new designs and we’re touting these as a new lust have!
INDE Studio was looking good with a simple statement in black, white, wood and steel. The FOLD tables grabbed us, as did the curves and lines of the LOOP mirrors (BELOW).
Independent Melbourne-based design collective Lab De Stu – Nico Evans, Dale Hardiman, Andre Hnatojiko and Adam Lynch – exhibited their super cool POLLY POPPER, MR. DOWEL JONES, DIPP LAMP and 1/5 THIMBLE designs.