Ben McCarthy

Ben McCarthy is one of the most outstanding new talents in Australian product design and this exhibition in our project space will be his first solo show in Australia.

Art Exhibition previously on at Object Gallery (Closed - see Australian Design Centre) in Australia.
From Saturday 10 April 2010 to Sunday 30 May 2010

Poincare Lamp image

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The objects in Late Nights and Weekends unite functionality with aesthetic whimsy. Each piece is a reflection of a time and location within McCarthy’s professional development uniquely combining the energy, materials and manufacturing processes of London, Milan and Hong Kong.

The 2005 Launch Stool, designed in London for Australian company Go Home, illuminates the burgeoning talent of the recent graduate abroad. The Pi Wrist Watch is a project inspired by the vast access to high quality industry in Hong Kong.

In a project assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts* the Poincare Lamp is a study of the handmade versus engineering technology. It harmoniously unites hand-blown glass from Switzerland with an aluminium base manufactured in Asia.

Hailing from Sydney, McCarthy graduated in industrial design from the University of New South Wales in 2003. Throughout the subsequent years he has worked extensively abroad, continuing his own design projects during his “late nights and weekends”.

In 2009 McCarthy spent four months in Milan on an Australia Council for the Arts grant and a month in Australia, but continues to be based in Hong Kong at the creative offices of Michael Young.

Ben McCarthy: Late Nights and Weekends runs in Object’s Project Space from 10 April – 30 May 2010. Object’s annual national graduate exhibition Design Now! 2010 runs concurrently in the Main Gallery.

*This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.