Curated by Bree Claffey (Mr Kitly) and Sarah K (the Other Hemisphere / supercyclers), ‘for school’ was an exhibition of objects for use at school created by an invited group of Australian designers and makers. This project bucked retail production conventions. All items were be made to order based on demand, producing only what is necessary–shifting away from an industrialised model of creating objects on masse. Emphasis was placed on carefully crafted, handmade works with minimal environmental impact and each designer was intricately involved in the making of their objects. Encouraging full appreciation, price points reflected each object’s real value; the time, skill, care and cleverness that has gone into the making.
We are interested in people. Being interested in people means we are also interested in the objects people make and use. Throughout the ground floor of Hotel Hotel we had several glass cabinets that we used as small exhibition spaces. They were curated by invited curators, artists and designers. The cabinets were a study of human and natural life – artefacts that document our existence and tell a story about who ‘we’ are and what is important to us.