Inaugural APDL Connect installation unveiled at State Library

Queenslanders are invited to explore the idea of 'cultural influence on design' through the inaugural APDL Connect installation, which was unveiled at State Library today.

The APDL Connect Project, a new initiative of State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), fosters collaboration between APDL and the Asia Pacific design community through the creation of new and innovative content within the APDL Design Lounge. In doing so, the project documents a design project from concept to completion, providing audiences access to an inspiring exemplar of design process.

The winning design proposal was jointly developed by Beijing-based designers Ray Yuen, Andrew Brett and Tak Lee, and Brisbane-based designer Lauren Fenwick, in response to a regional workshop they held in the Woods Bagot Beijing and Brisbane offices, exploring the idea of 'cultural DNA'.

State Librarian Janette Wright said library visitors can engage with the installation, using string to map out their life journeys, connecting different Asia Pacific locations that are represented by timber poles.

"The design will evolve over time, visually representing the diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences of both designers and visitors who engage with the installation," Ms Wright said.

"The APDL Connect Project is a great example of how we are building relationships with the wider Asia Pacific design community to promote contemporary design thinking and analysis, and create new content for Queenslanders to engage with," she said.

Senior Associate Ray Yuen, from Woods Bagot Beijing office, said he was thrilled to be at State Library to celebrate the launch and see the design installed in the APDL Design Lounge.

"We can't wait to see what the installation evolves into over the coming year," Mr Yuen said.

"We home that the project will promote discussion on design identity and culture, and the future of design collaboration in the Asia Pacific region," he said.

The installation will be on display in State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library until May 2016.

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