Happenings, events, exhibitions and talks for design savvy Sydney-siders

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Chic Peek

Milan’s Salone del Mobile and Design Week comes to Sydney

23 May 2019

Calling all design-related professionals and enthusiasts who are committed to staying in touch with global events and product releases. May is the month for Dana Tomic Hughes’ MILANTRACE. Researched and presented by the Yellowtrace founder, it’s her comprehensive round-up of the the annual Salone del Mobile & Milan Design Week in April.

Channeling her spirited personality with critical insight, unbiased and democratic commentary, she’ll highlight new ranges launched by the demi-gods and goddesses of the design world and will weave in inspirational interior trends to look out for. Dana’s done the hard work, pounding the streets and convention halls of Milan in her Marni platform sandals so you can sit back in your Gucci block heels and enjoy the spectrum of original photography and specially produced video content!

Date: 23 May

Time: 12-2pm or 6-9pm (90min talk)

Venue: SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Cost: $70+GST / See here for tickets

Note: Yellowtrace is also offering online access to the exclusive uncut MILANTRACE 2019 Digital Report which will contain everything presented in the talks, plus additional information and imagery. It will be made available following the completion of the Milantrace 2019 Australian Talk Series (early June 2019). $25+GST.

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Vitra at Salone del Mobile 2019

Prop Stars

Learn the art of styling with Megan Morton

11 May 2019

Megan Morton is one of Australia’s most prolific stylists. She’s also the author of three books and founder of The School, her little think tank in Alexandria where she shares her trade secrets and those of other creatives at regular workshops.  

In May, she’s hosting an all day class on styling at home and professionally. This is not a practical class, it’s a day to enjoy the theory of its powerful visual language. Everything you will learn is related to the Australian styling industry, so you’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a whole lot of tips and tricks. Your house will thank you for it!

Date: 11 May

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: The School, 2/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery

Cost: $520+GST – this includes all materials you’ll need on the day, infinite cups of tea and coffee and a delicious lunch spread. See here for bookings.

Note: if you’re thinking about this class and would like some more information, call the office on (02) 9693 2782 to register interest and talk through any questions.

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Learn Megan Morton’s Styling Secrets

Raw Instinct

John Kaldor’s Art Series presents Asad Raza

13-19 May 2019

From the man who brought Christo to Australia to wrap a coastline through to installing a seminal Bill Viola digital work within the apse of a dilapidated church in Redfern, Sydney-based philanthropist, John Kaldor, brings New York-based artist Asad Raza to Sydney to create a fertile laboratory of experiences and interaction. For 50 years Kaldor Public Art Projects have created groundbreaking projects with international artists in public spaces, and this promises to continually evolve over the exhibiting period.

In the past, Raza has installed an interactive tennis-like game in a deconsecrated Milanese church and a forest of living trees within a museum. This one has been developed in consultation with biologists and environmental scientists and will comprise organic elements that will mediate interactions within the space not only with visitors, but with several invited artists to develop interventions of their own within the space. They’ll take the form of performances and experiments.

Date: 13-19 May

Time: 10am-6pm daily

Venue: The Clothing Store building, Carriageworks, 45 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Cost: free

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Asad Raza

Vivid – Illuminate Your Mind

24 May – 15 June 2019

Vivid Sydney is back from 24 May to 15 June. Beyond the blazing sails of the Opera House and Circular Quay’s dress circle light projections, we’re shining the spotlight on Vivid Ideas, its brainy offspring, offering 73 events to tap into. Hailed as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney continues to bring the world’s greatest minds, innovators and industry leaders to Sydney with a focus on the intersection of art, technology and commerce.

Check out the full programme of Vivid Ideas here, or, follow our shortlist –

Top 5 Vivid Ideas picks for design lovers

Placemaking – buzzword, bogus or bona fide?

Encompassing the perspectives of developer, urban designer, landscape architect, architect, creative consultant and artist, this panel discussion session unpacks the meaning and impact of the current placemaking phenomenon. Sydney public artworks form the hub of the debate.    

Date: 5 June, 5.30 – 7pm

Venue: Warrane Theatre, Museum of Sydney , Bridge St & Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000

Cost: Free, with registration. See here for tickets


The 2019 theme is ‘Truth,’ and the three-day event will involve industry leaders from Vice, the New York Times and Levi’s, amongst others, participating in panels, talks and workshops over a long weekend. They’ll consider how the power of design can be harnessed for positive change, and how to overcome marketing ploys that play on flexible definitions of facts.

Key experiences include:

  • Watch an AI play and evolve in real time to become smarter, faster and more resilient than any human and to witness what AI development will mean for the future of the human workplace and within our leisure time. Neuromuscle is a game-playing AI designed to operate through the human body.
  • 2019 is the year Google predicted augmented reality (AR) will start to go beyond the Pokemon Go-style gimmicks and start to really benefit work projects. In Sam Keene’s workshop (AR/VR Lead UX Engineer with Google) learn practical tips on how to weave AR and VR into your scope of work and use it to add value to clients.

Dates: 23-25 May

Venue: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

Cost: one-day general-entry tickets are $375+GST / access to talks and events over all three days are $795 (both include entry to the launch party). Premium tickets also give access to a premium lounge, include all meals, come with a special gift, and exclusive additional workshops and Q&As. They’ll set you back $565+GST for one day or $1265+GST for three. Head here to book directly for General and Premium ticket bundles.

Connecting: Harnessing Your Emotions to Enhance Your Creativity

Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, ‘Connecting’ explores seven paradoxical aspects of our emotional experiences that fuel our creativity. This visually rich and immersive workshop will give you an experience of what a deeper, more meaningful life would be like.

Date: 4 June, 2-4pm

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Level 6 Terrace Entrance (Circular Quay West Side)

Cost: $65+GST / see here

Design in the Boardroom

Moderated by DRIVENxDESIGN CEO Mark Bergin, four industry leaders examine the wave of enterprise design that is currently sweeping across corporate Australia. Join them for insights as to how it operates in the C-Suite and boardrooms across Australia.

Date: 3 June, 2-4pm

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Level 6 Terrace Entrance (Circular Quay West Side)

Cost: $25+GST / see here

Sydney Film Festival

Standouts include Amazing Grace, a 1972 Aretha Franklin show filmed by Sydney Pollack; High Life, a sexually charged sci-fi thriller from French director Claire Denis (Chocolate), which stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and singer André 3000; and Michael Winterbottom’s noir thriller The Wedding Guest, starring Dev Patel (LionSlumdog Millionaire).

The list of documentaries includes Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, an exploration of humankind’s devastating impact on the planet; The Hope Six Demolition Project, a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of British musician PJ Harvey’s 2016 album of the same name; and School of Seduction – Three Stories from Russia, which delves into Russian workshops where women learn skills for seducing rich men.

Dates: 5-16 June

Venue: see here for venues, films and session times

Tickets: see here

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More than a light show – check out the Vivid Ideas programmes
Top Drawer Cover Image – Chris Fox’s Interloop and Placemaking, as part of Vivid Ideas

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