Designers Talk @ Powerhouse Museum

Designers Talk @ Powerhouse Museum

Workshopped Design Talk   –  Sunday 15 August, 2 pm – 3 pm

Designers from Workshopped 2101 shed light on the process of product design and explore how ideas are born, refined, tested and brought to market.

Free with Powerhouse Museum admission ($10 adult/$6 conc)

David Caon

Chris Hardy


Donald Corey

See their Workshopped design entry products following on from here


David Caon  –  Hommage Cups

Born in Adelaide, Australia in 1977.

After graduating from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Industrial Design in 2000, David moved to Milan, to pursue a career in design.

After some time spent working at Mondadori Publishing House, David was finally given an opportunity to work with British designer George Sowden of the renowned Memphis design movement of the 1980s. He remained in Sowden’s studio until late 2002.

During his time with Sowden in Italy, he also collaborated with designer Jerszy Seymour, whom he assisted with several exhibitions in Milan and Paris and through whom he became acquainted with Australian designer Marc Newson.

David moved to Paris in mid 2003 to work in the studio of Marc Newson until mid 2007 when he returned to Australia where he took a position as design leader for international architecture and interior design firm, Woods Bagot.

After two years with Woods Bagot, David has now left to establish his own studio dedicated to both industrial and interior design.

Hommage Cups Prototype – Eventual production to be slip cast ceramic with machined timber tray.

Hommage Cups seek to celebrate the way in which the common takeaway coffee cup is fast becoming an iconic and readily identifiable product whilst addressing the sustainability issues surrounding single use products.

Chris Hardy Oru

Chris has also entered and been short listed for various design competitions since 2007. Notably: Workshopped, Vibe (winner 2008), LaunchPad and the Reece Bathroom Innovation Award.

Chris extends his design acumen to the community by serving on the Management Committee of CraftACT and the Exhibition and Advisory Group of the Gallery of Australian Design.

ORU is an easy, or low chair that derives a technical aesthetic from the materials and processes required for its manufacture. The simplicity of the design necessitated very careful attention to the visual balance of the individual components while not sacrificing the chair’s comfort.

Materials and finishes play a major role in the nature of the design. This version of Oru is made from sustainably managed plantation oak but it could also be constructed from 6mm 4068 aluminium (anodized or painted).

Donald Corey Totems

Donald Corey received a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Auburn University and a Master of Industrial Design from North Carolina State University.

Master of Industrial Design from North Carolina State University.

Fascinated by all fields of design he loves the challenge of designing products that both delight and engage the user. His award winning designs have been on display in numerous exhibitions galleries and retail venues throughout the United States, Australia, and Europe. Believing innovation the key, he holds multiple United States Utility Patents and Trademarks.

Donald is also currently an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina and at the NC State Prague Institute Summer Program in Prague in the Czech Republic.


How can you ‘package’ ideals or qualities?

Totems are an attempt to do just that.

The cricket represents “Luck”, the spider “Power” and the lightning bug, “Creativity”.

The totems are traditional physical representations of these hard to possess and define qualities and traits. Placing these objects around the home or office focuses the user’s attention and energy towards achieving these ideals.


23K plated brass with Swarovski Crystal Elements and Pure Silver Leaf Accents


In Limited Production

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