Style city: Sydney Design Festival

22 - 05 - 2012

The Sydney Design Festival: Hosts exhibitions and activities planned over a 16-day event. Produced by the Powerhouse Museum, the festival celebrates design across Sydney. This year's theme is 'tell us a story'; participants are encouraged to communicate and connect with design ideas, objects and processes. Highlights include a major exhibition at the Powerhouse, Creating the look: Benini and fashion photography, which explores recognised photographer Bruno Benini's best works; a showcase of product design from the Australian International Design Awards; young designer markets; Iron Designer, based on the Japanese cooking show, which will see contestants given a key ingredient, materials and 20 minutes to design a concept or product; and Fashion in Action, a live photo shoot showing the production of a fashion shoot.

If you're lucky enough to be in town for the event, we suggest heading to these design hotspots:

Flying Fish
Award-winning chef Peter Kuruvita serves fresh seafood to foodies and interior aficionados alike. Constructed from an original heritage wharf site, the restaurant - designed by Michael McCann - has outstanding views of the harbour. With lighting sculptures by Pam Morris and a host of custom-made furniture, this restaurant combines spectacular design with delicious food.
Jones Bay Wharf, Lower Deck Suite, 19-21 Pirrama Road, Sydney (00 612 9518 6677; www.flyingfish.com.au )

Christensen Copenhagen
Stocking international fashion labels such as Missoni, Diana von Furstenburg and Matthew Williamson, Christensen Copenhagen is the place where Sydneysiders go to stock up on hard-to-find European brands.
2 Guilfoyle Avenue, Double Bay, Sydney (00 61 2 9328 9755; www.christensencopenhagen.com.au)

Space
Since its launch in 1993, Space has grown to become one of the largest and most innovative contemporary design retailers in Australia and South-East Asia. Its architect-designed showrooms hold furniture and home wares from top designers, merchandised to perfection, creating a space that looks so good, you'll want to move in.
84 O'Riordan St, Alexandria, Sydney (00 61 2 8339 7588; www.spacefurniture.com.au)

Sydney Opera House
Jørn Utzon's opera house is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Its iconic shell-shape exterior is covered in over one million white granite tiles imported from Sweden and is considered one of the best pieces of 20th-century design. The Opera house - home of Opera Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra - is a must-see for anyone visiting the city.

Powerhouse Museum
Sydney's museum of science and design, the Powerhouse, has both an impressive permanent collection and a schedule of exciting temporary exhibitions. Currently showing is Australian International Design Awards 2010, showcasing innovation in design, from a headset that reads brain signals to a a device that stores a heart during transit before heart transplant.