Think outside the box at Sydney Design Week
Do you love exposing your mind to new ideas, pushing the boundaries of thought and coming up with new concepts?
Then you'll love the fast approaching Sydney Design 2014 festival, which is now in its 18th year and set to hit the city again soon. From August 16 to 24, you can challenge yourself, grow your skills and meet fascinating like-minded people at this internationally recognised event.
During the festival period, all the ways in which we produce, design, consume and interact will be discussed and innovated. There will be all sorts of exhibitions, talks and workshops relating to contemporary design and the creative industries, providing insights into the city's - and the world's - design future - and the say you can have in it.
The festival is run by the Powerhouse Museum, and has featured a number of design heavyweights such as Renny Ramakers, Shigeru Ban, Ron Arad, Richard Seymour, Ross Lovegrove, Paul Simmons, Matali Crasset and Giovanna Castiglioni.
What to do at Sydney Design Week
Throughout the festival there will be a range of illuminating events on offer. Check out the major exhibition 'Interface: People, Machines, Design', which delves into how design has influenced technological products, with a focus on famous companies such as Olivetti, Braun and Apple.
Don't miss Workshopped14 at the Supa Centa Moore Park between August 14 and 24 from 9.30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Australia's single-largest product design event, there are gallery spaces, shopping and retail areas dedicated to exhibiting Australian work and influencing relationships and design locally and internationally.
Another popular option is the Feral Experimental Symposium: Experimental Design Thinking Panel. This free discussion will take place on August 20 and allows you the opportunity to hear from experts in the field of design such as Cameron Tonkinwise, Abby Mellick Lopes and Yoko Akama.
"Throughout the festival there will be a range of illuminating events on offer. Check out the major exhibition Interface: People, Machines, Design"
There are also some great markets on offer. Visit the Sydney Mini Maker Faire at 500 Harris Street on August 16 and 17 for a range of family-friendly arts and crafts. Rummage through everything from home-made technology and scientific projects to carpentry crafts and trinkets. It's a great chance to not only find an interesting souvenir, but to meet people with similar interests and fascinating stories.
If you love new musical discoveries, you'll also enjoy the performance by DJ Spooky at the Basement Gallery on August 20. The artist and DJ will also lead a workshop on the 'expanded concept of DJ'.
Where to stay in Sydney
With festival venues across Sydney, you may like to book your holiday accommodation somewhere central so you can easily access everything you want to attend.
Mantra 2 Bond Street is centrally located on the corner of George Bond Streets, and has studios, plus one, two and three bedroom apartments on offer. It also features great facilities such as a heated rooftop pool, spa and fully equipped gymnasium. When you work up an appetite during your stay, head to the Memento Bar and Kitchen for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a new, 85-seat bar and restaurant that's right at your fingertips at Mantra Bond Street.
Mantra on Kent also boasts a prime location at 433 Kent St. Opt for a studio apartment, or settle into a one or two bedroom apartment. Here, you can also enjoy indulgent cuisine, with the onsite restaurant Cascades dishing up contemporary Australian meals including breakfast and room service options.
When it comes to making sure you're sheltered, fed and watered during your trip to Sydney Design Week, this world-class city truly has you covered. Enjoy your time exploring new ideas and forging new connections while staying in style and comfort.