~ Common Wealth : Design Down Under// Platform at Habitat

The space above the Kings Road branch of Habitat has been transformed into a wonderful exhibition space with generous high ceiling and floor to ceiling windows, called Platform.

Platform is a Habitat initiative that showcases remarkable design and serves as a space for brand creativity. 

Curated by Suzanne Trocmé, editor-at-large for Wallpaper,some of the winning designs from Melbourne's VIVID award and Sydney's The Edge are presented with product and furniture from Australia and New Zealand.


The current exhibition follows on from London Design Festival

'Common Wealth : Design Down Under' Emerging Australian Design

. Apart from a little cringe from the usage of the term 'Down Under' (I can't believe there isn't a better way to describe Australian designers), the exhibition is great. A collection of some of the ideas from emerging furniture & product designers, the works of graduate product designers and independent designers and practices. It has been extended until 26 Oct. Supporting young designers with a Common Wealth of design ability. A must see.


'Solaris' by Tate Anson


Tate Anson's 'Tryst' stool

'Most visitors commented that Australia's geographic isolation has fostered a unique and diverse aesthetic and an innovative approach to manufacturing and emerging technologies. Participating in London Design Festival and the 'Generation Design' exhibit in Paris at the Museum of Modern Art the week prior, I've become very aware of the unique perspective Australian design has and the change we can facilitate in the design industry. Uninhibited to try new techniques and technologies, it's the Australian 'give it a go' approach that we can offer to the design [international] industry.'

Tate Anson


Tubert Yule, Ida table

Winner of the Vivid Commerical Award 2011 

Finalist in Launch Pad 2012


The exhibition arose from the desire to better connect young designers with the super-connected London design community.

'There is a plethora of emerging talent in Australia thanks to schools such as RMIT in Melbourne and CIT in Perth, the teaching superlative, yet it is strange only 20% of design students down under remain in the profession, due in part to the isolation from the rest of the design community and a ‘settler’ spirit, where graduates feel they have to go it alone,' explains curator, Suzanne Trocmé.


Chris Vincent, 103 Table lamp series with polypropylene shade

'We want to explore and address this, to expose the talent to the design community and to explode the myth that you have to remain self-sufficient to remain good in design. Here we have huge design studios; Thomas Heatherwick employs over one hundred people. The culture in Australia is very different and I think we have a lot to learn from each other.'


In total, 30 pieces have made the journey to London, including Launch Pad finalist designs Tryst and Solaris, byTate Anson, and Ida table by Tubert Yule.

The exhibition features works by André HnatojkoAsh AllenDavid Hardwick,  Tubert YuleBarry Magazinovic & Chris Vincent to name a few.


Adam Lynch, Thim-ble


Ernest Studio, Foldable Stool 'Fold it. Hang it. Stack it.'


Obelia 1 by Barry Magazinovic

'Inspired by the beautiful forms of nature, a combination of organic curves and geometric patterns interlock without the need of adhesives.'

Australian Made, utilising local manufacturers and craftspersons.  Every light is assembled in-house to order.


Elliot GorhamPlywood Milk Crates designed by Elliot Gorham of Noddy Boffin– a Melbourne based designer/maker.


Jack Flanagan, Pony Chair


ANDRE HNATOJKO- popper lights


Elliot Bastianon of Negative Space Design, 'Sliver' designed using EchoPanel


Aaron Leahy, Arc Chair


Aaron Leahy, Tri Light

'The idea for the Tri Light was to create a simple task light design that minimizes components, parts and construction time while retaining a playful and interesting aesthetic.'


Aaron Leahy, Tri Light

'The light is activated by a tilt switch that is housed inside the body, removing any external switches for a pure minimalist aesthetic. It's flat pack and will be available in a variety of colour choices and timber finishes.'

Aaron Leahy



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All photographs © London Design Journal