Sydney Design 2011 as usual, was full of exciting, inventive, original ideas brought to life by both the young fledglings and the older, more experienced designers of most of the design disciplines in found and engaged with our world. Not only were the cultural institutions such as the Powerhouse Museum and Object Gallery full of projects, concepts, new visions and responses to
the modern society, but also the laneways of Zetland were bubbling with delightful solutions.The pieces that have been featured in these pages were all apart of a show named ‘REFORM’ and was a part of the Sydney Design 2011.
The show was a brain child of the fortynine. The following text has been taken from a informative brochure that accompanied the ‘Reform’ show held in Tosh Lane, August 6 & 7 2011.
‘Reform emerged from discussions surrounding our shared intentions as a collaborative studio, and playing them off the theme of Sydney Design 2011 - is old new again? With a broad common brief to guide our
design work, we set about exploring both individually and as a group, frequently coming together to share our progress.
The majority of the works in ReForm are a collaborative effort borne out of the studio philosophy of the fortynine. The broad range of skills within the fortynine results in the work integrating numerous ways of thinking, designing and constructing.
The bulk of materials for the project were discarded on the streets and lane ways of Sydney and collected over time by all contributing designers.
The fortynine frequented wide-ranging council clean-ups and material re-dispersal organisations, adding to an already overflowing garage with a plethora of resources, ReForm has focused on re-using materials, parts and fixtures whereever possible, virgin materials have been kept to a minimum and in most pieces consist only of surface finishes and fixtures.