For Sydney Design Week 2022, the Australian Design Centre hosted External Review, a collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council, award winning designer Tom Fereday, furniture manufacturers Evostyle and upholstery specialists, Swiss Design. External Review follows, and celebrates, the entire design process from the source of the raw material through to manufacture and final presentation with the purpose of shared learning.
Visitors were invited stop and reflect on all the elements that contribute to the creation of a furniture piece from American red oak. The exhibition provided an opportunity to learn about and challenge preconceptions of good practice and the importance of being consumers of considered design. It provoked visitors to answer the question: how can we foster a sense of thoughtful, intentional and environmentally responsible design whilst championing Australian craftsmanship?