New design installation announced for State Library

State Library of Queensland is delighted to announce a team from global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot will deliver the inaugural APDL Connect Project installation.

The APDL Connect Project, a new initiative of State Library's Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), gives designers from the Asia Pacific region an opportunity to develop and display their work in the APDL Design Lounge. In doing so, the project aims to document a design project from concept to completion, providing audiences access to an inspiring exemplar of design process.

State Librarian Janette Wright said she was impressed by the quality of proposals State Library received in the project's first year.

"We received many high calibre proposals from designers across the Asia Pacific region, and across a broad range of design disciplines; although one proposal in particular stood out as intriguing and inspiring, demonstrating a clear understanding of and engagement with the theme," Ms Wright said.

"The Woods Bagot proposal, which explores the idea of cultural DNA, is an interactive design that will build over time, engaging the public and continuously evolving."

The winning proposal was developed by Beijing-based designers Ray Yuen, Andrew Brett and Tak Lee, and will be project managed by Brisbane-based designer Laura Fenwick, in response to a regional workshop they held in the Woods Beijing and Brisbane offices, exploring the idea of cultural influences on design.

Laura Fenwick said the designers were thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit within the Asia Pacific Design Library, and to encourage and stimulate discussion on design in the Asia Pacific region.

"As the installation evolves over time, we hope it will provide a visual representation of the diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences of both designers and visitors who engage with the project," Ms Fenwick said.

The installation is expected to be installed in State Library's Design Lounge in June, and will be on display until May 2016. Queenslanders are encouraged to visit the Lounge and contribute to the evolution of this artwork.

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Media enquiries:
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7784 |

Available for interview:

Natalie Wright
Asia Pacific Design Library Manager
State Library of Queensland

Laura Fenwick
Woods Bagot

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