JamFactory – Adelaide Modern
A free event, Adelaide Modern invites six contemporary designers; Takeshi Iue, Enoki, Caren Ellis, studio gram, Peter Walker, and Williams Burton Leopardi and 6 teams of JamFactory furniture Associates and University of South Australia design students to respond to 6 pieces of mid-century furniture produced by six South Australian manufacturers (TH Brown, Noblett, Macrob, Kerby. Fler and Conci).
Adelaide Modern at the JamFactory in October will be a significant survey of past, present and future furniture design.
With its early twentieth century origins in the Bauhaus in Germany, De Stijl in The Netherlands and Scandinavian design, modernism took longer to become established in Australia compared with Europe and the USA.
Modernism is why everyone loves Danish design.
However modernism has roots in Adelaide too. Post-war population increases (yeah – baby boom but also migration policies) drove new home builds in the state and the modernist furniture makers such as T.H. Brown & Sons, Leo Conci & Sons, ER Noblett and Sons, FLER Co & Staff, Macrob and Kerby all helped fill up these new homes with new tables, chairs and cabinets. The design style was said to match the “optimism of the time”.