State Library takes design to the edge with new exhibition

One of the most significant contemporary Australian design exhibitions produced in the past 10 years opens at State Library of Queensland on 1 November.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade features the work of 12 visionary designers who are developing creative solutions to some of the big challenges we face today and into the future.

State Librarian and CEO Janette Wright said State Library was pleased to host the Brisbane show of this prestigious, nationally touring exhibition developed by Object: Australian Design Centre.

CUSP is a bold and stimulating exhibition, sure to ignite curiosity and spark the imagination of all our visitors — from inquisitive children through to professional designers,” said Ms Wright.

From data visualisation to social robotics, CUSP covers the full breadth of design, showcasing some of the most exciting ideas currently being explored by Australian designers.

Removing the stigma of personal medical devices to turn them into covetable objects, designing programs that help sick children deal with pain, and ideas for solving the global housing crisis are all challenges addressed by designers in CUSP

Visitors can explore the work of Chris Bosse, an architect who designs sustainable buildings and future cities by creating architectural technologies inspired by structures in nature such as soap bubbles, snowflakes and spider webs.

Test your strength and stamina at Floyd Mueller’s Hanging Off a Bar installation, which takes the computer game into a whole new realm, creating fun, physical experiences that may well be the future of exercise.

Connect yourself to George Khut’s body-focused artwork which becomes animated with colourful visuals and relaxing sounds as you consciously calm your body and mind.

An exhibition, a laboratory and an opportunity for learning and experiencing new ideas, CUSP takes us way beyond what we believe is possible when we think of design today.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade will be at State Library of Queensland from 1 November 2014 to 8 February 2015. Visit for more details.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade is an Object: Australian Design Centre National Touring Program. Object: Australian Design Centre has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Object: Australian Design Centre is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Interviews and images are available upon request.

Media enquiries:
Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications 07 3840 7784 |

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