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Powerhouse Late: Industrial Design

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Discover the intrinsic and esoteric qualities that transform an object into a remarkable piece of industrial design. For one night, community group industrial designers, IDX SYD, will connect Australia's eminent industrial design consultancies, studios and in-house teams with objects from the Powerhouse Collection to uncover these qualities through PechaKucha-style presentations.

See process images from leading design studios, consultancies and the in-house design teams of global brands. Skeehan Studio will be facilitating Drawing Club, a free drop-in session for anyone who wants to learn industrial design free sketching, skillshare and exchange tips with other designers.


6–7pm and 7.30–8.30pm PechaKucha-style presentations featuring leading industrial designers reviewing objects from the Powerhouse digital catalogue

5–9pm Drawing Club workshop facilitated by Skeehan Studio

5–9pm Process images from Breville, King Living, Alquemy, Formswell, Vert Design, Skeehan Studio and Katapult Design

5–9pm DJ Betty Swing – DJ/Live Instrumentation

5–9pm Grazing tables

5–9pm Bar by Grifter


Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW 2007

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Suitable for all ages

31 August 2023 


We encourage visitors with accessibility requirements to contact us via or (02) 9217 0222 for help in planning your visit. We accept Companion Cards.

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Skeehan Studio

SKEEHAN was established in 2011 by award-winning industrial designer Tom Skeehan, and now encompasses a dedicated, close-knit team of research and design experts that relishes the collaborative design process. Creating thoughtful products, spaces and experiences; each uniquely tailored to the people and environments they are intended for.


Katapult Design is a sustainable product design and development consultancy with studios in Melbourne, Sydney and Byron Bay. Featuring a team ofpassionate industrial designers, product engineers and design related specialists. With over 30 years experience developing products in a range of categories for global leaders, local icons and even underground start-ups, their work has been integral to projects that have been awarded with multiple Australian and International design awards.


Vert Design is a Sydney-based Industrial and Product Design studio led by Industrial Designer Andrew Simpson. Founded in 2005, the studio operates as a testing ground for new concepts and self-initiated experimentation, as well as offering design concepts, modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. This approach at the process edge of making has led to innovations and technological advancements, such as the sustainable reuse of materials, all of which inform Vert’s product design output.


Founded in Sydney in 1932, Breville has become an iconic global brand that enhances people’s lives through thoughtful design and brilliant innovation, delivering kitchen products to more than 70 countries around the globe. Breville is the kitchen appliance brand that delivers innovation based on consumer insights, empowering people’s potential to do things more impressively or easily than they’d thought possible in their own kitchen.

King Living

King Living is one of the few vertically integrated furniture companies globally. Each designer works across the full spectrum of industrial design wearing many hats– from concept design, prototype making, and product development. King Living works across steel fabrication, injection moulding, die-casting, timber and veneered parts, aluminium extrusions, mechanisms, upholstery, packaging and more.


Founded by Australian Industrial Designers Phil Rose and David Knott, Alquemy is a boutique creative agency that embodies the art of transformation. Alquemy is a leader in shaping the homes and kitchens of the future. With dual headquarters in the vibrant landscapes of Sydney and the innovation hub of Cleveland, Ohio, Alquemy spans continents to deliver design solutions.


A small design studio based in Canberra, creating works international brands, government departments, organizations, universities, bakers, makers, dreamers and shapers. Designing products, experiences and communications that help, inform and inspire– whether it’s through a brand identity, a 3D visualization and or a physical products.

Ben Styles

is a Powerhouse design resident and a designer with a focus on materiality and assembly methods combining craft, traditional making techniques and industrial fabrication. He is interested in speculative design and using emerging materials to develop objects that critique how mass-manufactured processes constrain consumers’ capacity to value, upkeep and repair everyday objects.

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