I-CONIC Australian Design pays homage to Robin Boyd’s legacy and his commitment to the promotion of Australian Design by bringing together iconic, delightful and sometimes surprising nuggets of Australia’s incredible design history.
In October 2019, we hosted the first-of-kind exhibition at Walsh Street – 100 Objects: Australian Design in the Home. This was our first collaboration with Monash University lecturer, curator, and collector, Ian Wong. Ian’s ongoing research and story-telling on Australian design is accessible via his ispyid Instagram account.
The 100 Objects exhibition lead to a series of interviews with leading Australian designers, mostly recorded at Walsh Street. These interviews were then incorporated into an exhibition (presented in-gallery and online) for Design Tasmania.
Both exhibitions featured significant pieces of Australian design history from Ian’s vast collection. In situ at Walsh Street, some of the objects felt like they have always been there, while others traversed time bringing together designs from the 1930s to the present day.
A virtual tour of the exhibition includes annotations of the objects and embedded videos with some of Australia’s leading designers. These videos are also linked below.
Good Design Awards Gold Medal recognition
I-CONIC Australian Design has been recognised in the 2021 Good Design Awards for design research.
Everyday Australian Design coming to new SAM Gallery in November 2021
Ian’s next exhibition featuring Australian Design will be in his home town of Shepparton, to coincide with the opening of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). Read more about it here.
We acknowledge and are very grateful of the contributions of our project partners:
Design Tasmania and Monash Art, Design & Architecture