Interior designer Fiona Lynch opens a permanent gallery during Melbourne Design Week. ‘Work Shop’ is a curatorial showcase of experimental design, fine art and objects from leading Australian and international artists and designers. For me this is a real jaw dropping installation, not only the objects and shapes but also the presentation, the raw bricks and the amazing painted walls are totally what I love most.
By identifying commonalities across mediums and materials, ‘Work Shop’ aims to examine the dialogue between art and design; challenging and inspiring thought through an evolving array of discovered works, commissioned pieces and original designs.
In its opening exhibition titled ‘Ideas to Intuition’, contributing artists including New York based lighting designer Mary Wallis whose beautiful pendant would have totally fit my former post. Australian contemporary artists Makiko Ryujin and Jiaxin Nong, and British porcelain artist Olivia Walker, will reveal an innovative and daring use of their chosen mediums, exhibited alongside original designs from Lynch’s own studio.
Renowned for her artistic approach to interior design and award winning projects, Lynch says Work Shop is the realisation of a long held dream, informed by her early career in fine art. “Prior to studying interior design I studied Fine Art at RMIT in Melbourne,” she says. “This unique path has
always been reflected in my work and the way we approach design. Work Shop will afford my studio and I the opportunity to explore this further, identifying commonalities across mediums and materials, and examining the dialogue between art and design in a way that challenges and inspires.”
As well as presenting an evolving array of discovered works, commissioned pieces and original designs, Work Shop is also envisioned as a testing ground for Lynch’s interior design practice; an experimental design laboratory without the confines of convention.
“In this age of instant gratification, it’s very easy to get caught up in the end result, disregarding the
creative process required to arrive at a resolved outcome,” says Lynch. “For our first exhibition we’ve
called on our contributing artists to investigate the tension between the constructed and deconstructed, the resolved and incomplete, the built and undone, encouraging the viewer to discover beauty at all stages of creative evolution.”
Work Shop Fiona Lynch – 7 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood, check opening hours here
Images courtesy of Fiona Lynch | Photography by Lillie Thompson