CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

Published:  May 14, 2013
CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade is a major new exhibition from Object: Australian Design Centre launching in Sydney in July 2013 with a lively national tour set to continue until 2015. CUSP features the work of 12 very different designers, each developing creative solutions to some of the big challenges we are facing today and into the next decade. Working ‘on the cusp’, at the edges of what is possible, these designers are exploring new and innovative territory in their practice. CUSP is a major creative program that will unfold over two years – an exhibition, a laboratory and an opportunity for learning and experiencing new ideas – taking design way beyond what we think of when we think of design today.

Making sense of mega volumes of information, designing programs that help sick children deal with pain, ideas for solving the global housing crisis are all challenges presented by designers in CUSP. Among the featured designers will be Chris Bosse, an architect who designs sustainable buildings and future cities combining technology with systems from nature. Also featured will be the work of Floyd Mueller – who takes the computer game into a whole new realm, creating fun, physical experiences that may well be the future of exercise.

Leah Heiss

Chris Bosse


Stephen Mushin

Paul Pholeros of Healthhabitat


During CUSP hundreds of school aged children will have the opportunity to think like a designer. Design Emergency teaches children how to think creatively and apply design processes to find solutions to things that interest them.These are the skills that kids will need to enable them to carve future careers for themselves and make a contribution in whatever field of endeavour they choose.

People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to participate in the program, and watch CUSP evolve over the next two years – designing solutions for our future. At the launch, Sydney audiences will be able to engage with CUSP via the exhibition and its numerous public programs across three unique sites this July and August. Special events will also take place on selected trains between Central Station and Casula Powerhouse Art Centre on Saturdays during CUSP. During the journey CUSP designers will be on board and in conversation with a range of personalities eager to debate what makes great design and how design can create a better world.

For full details of the program, visit the CUSP website.

You can see visit the CUSP exhibition at the following venues from 2013-2015.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
6 July to 1 September 2013

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
21 September to 27 October 2013

9 February to 26 April 2014

Western Plains Cultural Centre
9 May to 3 August 2014

Port Macquarie
29 September to 5 October 2014

State Library of Queensland
1 November 2014 to 8 February 2015

Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery
27 February to 26 April 2015


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