MudTalks 05—Co-design And Collaboration: The Challenges & Opportunities
Past Event

MudTalks 05—Co-design and Collaboration: The Challenges and Opportunities

Presented by Mud Australia


Sat 27 May 11:00am - 1:00pm
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Walsh Street House (Boyd House II) South Yarra, Victoria.
290 Walsh St, 290 Walsh St, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia


All gender bathroom Low sensory / relaxed Seating available

What happens when designers from different disciplines combine to bring a product into the world?

Mud Australia invites guests to Robin Boyd’s iconic Walsh Street House for an in-depth conversation on collaborative product design with Shelley Simpson (founder, creative director and designer of Mud Australia), Zachary Hanna (lighting and furniture designer at Studio Zachary Hanna) and Karen McCartney (author, editor, curator and promoter of exceptional architecture, interiors, craft and design).

Using a soon to be released collaboration between Shelley and Zachary as a step-off, expect a wide-ranging discussion, with Q&A, on aligning skills, design ideation, product execution and going to market.

MudTalks05 is presented in partnership with the Robin Boyd Foundation. Following the discussion attendees will have the opportunity to explore the Walsh Street House – an iconic modernist residence designed by Robin Boyd in 1957.


Karen McCartney

Karen McCartney is best known for her work in the world of interiors, architecture and design. She was editor of both Marie Claire Lifestyle and launch editor of Inside Out, a magazine she ran for ten years. In tandem, Karen has written several architecture and interior design books (Iconic Australian Houses, Superhouse, Perfect Imperfect), which she translated into successful exhibitions shown at the Museum of Sydney and Nishi Gallery, Canberra. She is the architecture editor of Belle Magazine and is the director of Edit’d, a brand advisory business for architects, interior designers and retail. In addition, she plays a strategic Editorial Advisory role at est living with a particular focus on their quarterly magazine.

Shelley Simpson

Shelley Simpson is the Founder and Creative Director of Mud Australia – makers of timeless porcelain homewares and lighting since 1994 and now sold globally through a network of dedicated stores and wholesale accounts. Shelley has personally designed every Mud Australia piece in the range and developed the bespoke colour palette and production processes that mark the company’s point of difference. Shelley still spends the majority of her time in the Sydney studio, working closely with production.

Zachary Hanna

Intrigued by how people interact with the objects and furniture within their spaces, Zachary Hanna looks to create pieces with an unexpected or functional element, aiming for this addition to make the design intriguing and endearing. This aim, coupled with an interest in manufacturing methods and how to apply them, drives his design process. After graduating from the University of Technology Sydney, Hanna worked for numerous design consultancies while starting his own studio, going on to show work locally and internationally, while winning numerous awards in the process.

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