Hightide: Queensland Design Now

CREATIVEMOVE is delighted to congratulate author, Jason Bird, editor, Ellie Gleeson, designer, Bjorn Rust and publisher, Uro for the recent release of Hightide: Queensland Design Now. This exciting new book is dedicated to capturing the output of Queensland’s burgeoning contemporary design industry. Hightide had an early release at DesignEx in Melbourne in May 2013 and gained some further well-earned exposure in the United States in June at Quench Tastemakers in Los Angeles. The book will be officially launched on 1 August 2013 at Luxxbox by the Hon. Ian Walker, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

Sumptuously presented in a cloth cover and archival slipcase, it features furniture, object and industrial design by many of Australia’s most accomplished creative talents. With critical contributions from Paul McGillick, editor-in-chief of the InDesign Group, Robert Forster, of iconic Australian rock band the Go-Betweens, and other writings by Jason Bird, Kent Gration, Paul Fairweather, Marc Harrison and John Stafford, the book considers how Queensland’s qualities of place have informed the development of its unique design culture.

Jason Bird says, “the time was right for such a book, with design coming out of Queensland enjoying an unprecedented appreciation both at home and abroad. Hightide features a unique group of designers who all seem to share a global view and outlook whilst at the same time being undeniably influenced by our Queensland surrounds in our ideas and output”.

Hightide is an exciting publication featuring a breadth of Queensland designers and their works from the past decade: 2002—2012. Twenty-two prominent designers are featured in this visually stunning presentation of the best in contemporary industrial, furniture and object design. Designers include:

Glenn Bevan, Infinity Design • Jason Bird, Luxxbox • CMD Product Design • IntelliDesign • Darcy Clarke • Neil Davidson • KT Doyle • Rob Geddes, PROdesign • Surya Graf • Alexander Gransbury, Dreamfarm • Kent Gration, Wambamboo • Marc Harrison, Husque •Deka Design • Alexander Lotersztain, Derlot • Luis Nheu • Björn Rust • David Shaw • Street & Garden Furniture Co. • Daniel Tobin, UAP • Fukutoshi Ueno • Christina Waterson • Leo Yip, Ellaspede

Hightide offers insight into and reflection on the maturation of Queensland design and perhaps most importantly provides a glimpse of the bright future of design in Queensland as a global force to be reckoned with. Comprehensive specifications, photography, and a product index are included, together with insights from the designers themselves into their inspirations and obsessions. Hightide – Queensland Design Now, is an ideal resource for design hunters and professionals alike.



Hightide, image courtesy Luxxbox