Some of the most talented furniture, lighting and product designers from Queensland represented our local style well at the recent TASTEMAKERS show, held on June 22nd at the iconic Kim Sing Theatre in downtown LA with over 15 of Australia’s hottest emerging brands strutting their stuff in one unique cross channel lifestyle design exhibition. And as the boys pack up and make the long journey home, we take a look at some of the fantastic designs that had the crowd buzzing.
Alexander Lotersztain brought his Derlot Editions to the show, with his sustainable ethic and highly modern designs wooing the design afficiandos. His modular indoor/outdoor TWIG seating (ABOVE) and STUMP collection (BELOW) of different height stools and tables were a highlight.
Lotersztain also showed his collaboration with Adelaide’s famous Jam Factory – a collection of earthy and raw tableware (BELOW) produced as part of his new restaurant in Brisbane’s West End called DEPO.
Jason Bird from Luxxbox had the new RUNE Outdoor Collection (ABOVE) on the floor, an exterior range roto-molded in 100% recyclable, UV resistant LDPE with seemingly chaotic shapes that combine to create adaptable clusters. While Industrial designer Bjorn Rust impressed the caffeine lovers with his savvy POUR OVER, a simple way of extracting the rich brown nectar of life that looks as cool as it functions (BELOW). Very science geek-chic.
David Shaw from Street and Garden Furniture Co. brought along his laser cut, anodised aluminium LILY flower (BELOW) that morphs into three different functions: a wall clock, pendant light and fruit bowl.
Surya Graf showed off his clever CREASE chairs (ABOVE), a series he produced with a unique PET material that is comprised of recycled plastic drink bottles and a design that allows the chair to be literally folded into life from a single flat sheet.
And Brisbane designer Marc Harrison brought his timeless, locally made HUSQUE bowls (BELOW) to the American crowd, showcasing the inherent beauty of the Macadamia nut shell. Each exterior is a smooth satin finish, hand rubbed with macadamia oil, while the inside is polished to a mirror glass finish. Beautiful, natural with a modern edge.
You can check out the full range of products and designs that were shown as part of TASTEMAKERS over on their website, and discover some truly talented Australian designers. You might just find your new favourite.