Schamburg & Alvisse:
These beautiful furniture designers came to one of the first workshops we had. They started in 1994 (Marc Schamburg, interior designer + Michael Alvisse, architect) with a little cash, beautiful ideas and no real understanding of business... ie. that you had to make money back from what you make! They just wanted to make something beautiful.
So it started on the floor of an apartment and grew from there. They are commited to being environmentally with their products and have a great recycling policy with older items. Their pieces are highly collectable and sought after.
These guys have a beautiful national exhibition showcasing Australia's best designers but also take these exhilarating designs to the next level but actually getting things produced... The example they showed of Danny Cheung's 1984 Fishbowl was fantastic. Here was a beautifully designed item that Danny just couldn't get produced (it is ceramic) and he almost went plastic!
Thankfully, Workshopped took it under their wings and, after a problematic start, have got a beautifully created item that is now for sale (either on theirs or Danny Cheung's website).
Cheung describes his inspiration for the 1984 Fishbowl as:
"Life inside a goldfish bowl ain't a lot of fun without a little privacy! The intention with 1984 was to create a true sense of abode for our beloved little friends; solid white walls and three generous (domed) portholes with views from the hallway to the living room"
The fishbowl was inspired by and takes its name from the novel 1984 by George Orwell. The design is innovative in meeting the needs of a non-human species, a design which ironically engages our own instinctive curiosity. The domed portholes effectively create an ethereal magnifying lens for compelling entertainment. The fish use the opaque walls for refuge and peer out the windows when curiosity strikes."
Liane Rossler came to talk at our last session and I was spellbound!
Three funky arts students hit Paddington Markets with handmade jewellery made from fimo and painted up. These guys needed to make money and said it would take a while with art, so we better think of something quick! They are still going (started in 1984) strong and now have stores in Sydney, Melbourne and New York.
They still get down and into it all, creating each range, have all had kids, and have creative staff to keep it all happening!