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Mud Talks 05 | Co-design and Collaboration – SOLD OUT

Sat May 27, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm AEST

$20.00 – $30.00

What happens when designers from different disciplines combine to bring a product into the world?

Mud Australia invites guests to Robin Boyd’s iconic Walsh Street House for an open and honest conversation on collaborative product design with Shelley Simpson (founder, creative director and designer of Mud Australia), Zachary Hanna (lighting and furniture designer at Studio Zachary Hanna) and Karen McCartney (author, editor, curator and promoter of exceptional architecture, interiors, craft and design).

Using a soon to be released collaboration between Shelley and Zachary as a step-off, expect a wide-ranging discussion, with Q&A, on aligning skills, design ideation, product execution and going to market.

Following the discussion attendees will have the opportunity to explore the Walsh Street House – an iconic modernist residence designed by Robin Boyd in 1957.


Karen McCartney
Known for her work in the world of interiors, architecture and design, Karen was editor of both Marie Claire lifestyle and launch editor of Inside Out, a magazine she ran for ten years. In tandem Karen has written several architecture and interior design books (Iconic Australian Houses, Superhouse, Perfect Imperfect), which she translated into successful exhibitions shown at the Museum of Sydney and Nishi Gallery, Canberra. She is architecture editor of Belle magazine, and is director of  Edit’d,  a brand advisory business for architects, interior designers and retail. In addition she plays a strategic Editorial Advisory role at est_living with a particular focus on their quarterly magazine.

Zachary Hanna
Intrigued by how people interact with the objects and furniture within their spaces, Zachary Hanna looks to create pieces with an unexpected or functional element, aiming for this addition to make the design intriguing and endearing. This aim, coupled with an interest in manufacturing methods and how to apply them, drives his design process. After graduating from the University of Technology Sydney, Hanna worked for numerous design consultancies while starting his own studio, going on to show work locally and internationally, while winning numerous awards in the process.

Shelley Simpson
Shelley Simpson is the Founder and Creative Director of Mud Australia, creating elegant and timeless porcelain homewares and lighting. Founded in 1994, Shelley has personally developed every Mud Australia design over the past 28 years starting from her studio garage to now global business with over 100 employees and 10 stores.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2023, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Presented by Mud Australia in partnership with the Robin Boyd Foundation.

We offer discounted tickets to our RBF Friends and Boyd Circle members.

Prior to your visit, please note:
– Attendees must be 16 years and over.
– No external food or drink may be brought into the house.
– Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
– Stiletto heels cannot be worn in the house due to our cork flooring.
– If you are experiencing Covid symptoms or test positive Covid prior to the event, please contact us.



Sat May 27, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm AEST
$20.00 – $30.00
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Walsh Street House
290 Walsh Street
South Yarra, Vic 3141 Australia
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