Style city: Sydney Design Festival

Style city: Sydney Design Festival

The Sydney Design Festival kicks off tomorrow, with a host of exhibitions and activities planned over the 16-day event.

Produced by the Powerhouse Museum, the festival celebrates design across Sydney. This year’s theme is ‘tell us a story’; participants are encouraged to communicate and connect with design ideas, objects and processes.

Highlights include a major exhibition at the Powerhouse, Creating the look: Benini and fashion photography, which explores recognised photographer Bruno Benini’s best works; a showcase of product design from the Australian International Design Awards; young designer markets; Iron Designer, based on the Japanese cooking show, which will see contestants given a key ingredient, materials and 20 minutes to design a concept or product; and Fashion in Action, a live photo shoot showing the production of a fashion shoot.

If you’re lucky enough to be in town for the event, we suggest heading to these design hotspots:

Park Hyatt Sydney

With views across to the Opera House, an entrance that reflects the arches of the Harbour Bridge, and with Eames furniture throughout, sleek waterfront hotel Park Hyatt Sydney is definitely the place for architecture buffs to stay.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney (00 61 2 9241 1234;

Flying Fish

Award-winning chef Peter Kuruvita serves fresh seafood to foodies and interior aficionados alike. Constructed from an original heritage wharf site, the restaurant – designed by Michael McCann – has outstanding views of the harbour. With lighting sculptures by Pam Morris and a host of custom-made furniture, this restaurant combines spectacular design with delicious food.

Jones Bay Wharf, Lower Deck Suite, 19-21 Pirrama Road, Sydney (00 612 9518 6677; )

Christensen Copenhagen

Stocking international fashion labels such as Missoni, Diana von Furstenburg and Matthew Williamson, Christensen Copenhagen is the place where Sydneysiders go to stock up on hard-to-find European brands.

2 Guilfoyle Avenue, Double Bay, Sydney (00 61 2 9328 9755;


Since its launch in 1993, Space has grown to become one of the largest and most innovative contemporary design retailers in Australia and South-East Asia. Its architect-designed showrooms hold furniture and home wares from top designers, merchandised to perfection, creating a space that looks so good, you’ll want to move in.

84 O’Riordan St, Alexandria, Sydney (00 61 2 8339 7588;

Sydney Opera House

Jorn Utzon’s opera house is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Its iconic shell-shape exterior is covered in over one million white granite tiles imported from Sweden and is considered one of the best pieces of 20th-century design. The Opera house – home of Opera Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – is a must-see for anyone visiting the city.

Powerhouse Museum

Sydney’s museum of science and design, the Powerhouse, has both an impressive permanent collection and a schedule of exciting temporary exhibitions. Currently showing is Australian International Design Awards 2010, showcasing innovation in design, from a headset that reads brain signals to a a device that stores a heart during transit before heart transplant.

500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney (00 61 2 9217 0111; )

Sydney Design Festival runs from 31st July to 15th August 2010,

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