Hybrid event Side Project is launching this Thursday at The Stables in Surry Hills. It’s a retail store and exhibition, and will bring new works by designers to the public without the commercialism of a trade show.
Bianca Riggio and Ryan Hanrahan, the designers behind modern interior-design group Page Thirty Three, are behind the initiative.
“We have done trade shows before, but we hadn’t found a space where we could do something that wasn’t super commercial. Side Project is trying to find a way to have a fun yet viable showcase, where designers can feel connected to their designs, and it’s open to the public,” Riggio says.
The line-up will feature Jonathan Zawada’s graphic-art print series and a lamp series. Porcelain Bear will release its new Platinum colourway for the I-O-N range, with a new leather electrical cord and new matte-black dipped light bulbs.
The new label News Clothing Etc. will launch at the event, along with a short-run brass series by homewares maker, Studiokyss. A new series of art by Will Lynes of Lynes & Co., working with new marbling and pattern techniques on glass, will also be launched.
“The Stables is the perfect blank canvas for Side Project, a cultural hub in Sydney that really gets the clear outlook of this exhibition and shop, Riggio says. “It’s definitely not just a pop-up for designers, anyone in the creative community will get something out of it.”