RMIT and Creative Victoria are working together to showcase some of the state’s best design talent through a new video series.
The series, titled Design*d, features documentaries produced by RMIT University and hosted on Creative Victoria’s recently relaunched website.
Creative Victoria is a government body dedicated to supporting, championing and growing the state’s creative industries, spanning arts, culture, screen, design and more.
The series is researched and presented by author Stephen Crafti, host of RMIT’s globally successful Talking Design podcast series.
Design*d shines a spotlight on some of Victoria's leading design talent.
Embracing architecture, fashion, industrial and interior design, Design*d celebrates the visionary style that is a hallmark of Victorian creative life.
The first two episodes focus on fashion and architecture.
RMIT graduates Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci came to fashion through visual communications and industrial design.
Operating as Strateas Carlucci and known for their fine tailoring and beautiful fabrics, their designs have travelled from Melbourne to the catwalks of Paris.
Sibling Architects received numerous rewards for their stunning retail fit-out for Dust in Melbourne’s CBD, an experimental interior exploring the five senses.
The firm describes itself as working “at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, cultural analysis and graphic communication to produce new and unexpected spatial outcomes”.
The next video in the series – currently in production – focuses on Melbourne lighting designer Christopher Boots, whose handmade work, including lights, furniture and objects, explores the architecture and geometry of organic shapes.
His works, which can be found in London, Vancouver, Singapore and Dubai, are handmade in his Fitzroy studio by artisans including glass blowers, copper smiths, ceramicists, sculptors and bronze casters.
Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, said the collaboration between RMIT and Creative Victoria was a natural fit.
“RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise and Australia’s highest ranked university for Art and Design – and 16th in the world," he said.
“We are also 36th in the world for Architecture and the Built Environment, and the Global Business of Fashion awards ranks RMIT in the Top Ten for Fashion Design.
“When you read about success in creativity and design in Melbourne or beyond, it’s amazing how often our staff, students or alumni are part of the story.
“These videos are part of RMIT’s contribution to spreading the word about the great creative gifts to be found in Victoria.”
Creative Victoria recently launched the Victorian Government’s first creative industries strategy Creative State.
This includes a wide range of actions to back Victorian talent across all creative disciplines, to help Victorian creative businesses to grow and export to the world, and to make Victoria a design leader.
Story: David Glanz