Forlano Design

Perth, Australia

"My work explores place, memory, identity and custodianship through design and public art."
Penelope Forlano is a spatial designer and public artist with a special interest in the mnemonic and emotional experience of public and private artifacts. Her recent doctoral research examined emotionally enduring artifacts, and how to evoke custodianship in the user through a design anthropology approach. She has over 20 years of practice as an award-winning artist, furniture, and interior designer. Her work has been exhibited widely including at 100% Design (London), CraftACT, The John Curtin Gallery, FORM, and a solo show at the esteemed Salone Satellite - Milan International Furniture Fair in 2004. She received the prestigious Australian Design Award (2006), and in 2011 her ‘Terrain’ table was acquired for permanent collection by the Art Gallery of WA. She has completed multiple public artworks for private and government bodies.
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I love materials that express time within it, such as timber and stone that show age or patina, but then I also love working with industrial materials. I am most interested in manipulating materials through new processes to contrast the aesthetics, meaning or to reference the future. Contradiction is great for evoking contemplation."
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