Curated by Ross McLeod and Veronica Saunders


In 2004, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, Austrade and the RMIT School of Architecture and Design, the Furniture Laboratory assembled a group of Australian Designers to exhibit works at Tokyo Designers Block and Seoul Design Festival.

Both Tokyo Designers Block and Seoul Design Festival represent major gatherings of the world's designers and design companies where thousands of local and international visitors gather to take part in a variety of exhibitions, installations and special events. The exhibition represented an opportunity for Australian designers to make vital links with designers, manufacturers and retailers from around the world and to develop an ongoing International identity and presence.

The Tyranny of Distance exhibition invited designers to submit recent works which have the potential to address both Australia's distance from International markets and the needs of modern urban lifestyles through the design of furniture, objects, clothing and appliances which reinvent the way we may inhabit domestic, urban and global space.

The exhibition featured designs which employ materials and manufacturing techniques in innovative ways and which communicate a cultural context inherently Australian while appealing to an international audience.

For more information visit the Tyranny of Distance website.