Friends1 & Associates2 focuses on camaraderie in the Australian3 contemporary design discipline.
With an interest in the possibilities of new knowledge, new design methods and approaches through collaboration, Friends & Associates looks to solidarity as the cornerstone in contemporary production.
Realised as a series of exhibitions and collaborative production outcomes Friends & Associates is an ongoing process-based project initiated by Dale Hardiman↗ and Tom Skeehan↗ launched in 2017.
1 a person who has a strong liking for and trust in another person
2 a partner or companion in business or at work
16 — 26 March 2017
296 Smith St, Collingwood
Exhibition #1: 26 Original Fakes
'26 Original Fakes' looks to the uncertified replica in contemporary Australian design practice to reconsider the value of the copy in both the creative & commercial markets.
Friends & Associates in collaboration with The National Gallery of Victoria↗ invites the following 25 contemporary Australian designers to reconfigure and exhibit an existing replica design as a way to deconstruct how the design object is valued. Questioning how replica furniture draws focus to issues of authenticity, creative practice and the commercial market, the first realisation of Friends & Associates takes the theme ‘Design Values’ to consider how the design community can hack and reevaluate the replica.
Each participant was given a replica Jasper Morrison↗ HAL Wood Chair. The original HAL Wood Chair was designed in 2010/2011, and is manufactured by Vitra↗ in Switzerland. The HAL Wood Chair is now available as a replica from 10+ companies in Australia at varying price points, with the manufacturers origins unknown.