ADA TALK :: Melb Design Week, Ben McCarthy, Woods Bagot, GoHome

ADA director Anne-Maree Sargeant joins the gohome team for the launch of Ben McCarthy’s Utility collection at an event in collaboration with Sculptform during Melbourne Design Week.

The launch will be punctuated by a designer-led panel discussion about the role utility and aesthetics play in the future of Australian design held within the spectacular confines of the Woods Bagot-designed space.

gohome is a modern Australian furniture design brand whose holistic approach and use of recyclable and environmentally friendly materials mirrors the relaxed Australian lifestyle by creating quality, design-led furniture. After a few years in development, the new Utility chair & stool collection extends this brand philosophy and celebrates form and function in equal measures.

“Inspired by the robust function of tools, the chair is a tool for life,” says Ben McCarthy, the designer of the Utility collection. ” We wanted to build something that lasts. It does an honest job and does it well. It’s a classic silhouette with highly refined details, which I think will be well received by the Australian market.”

VENUE: gohome x Sculptform, 50 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

DATES: HERE for more information

Thursday 23 May 9:00 am – 4:00 pm // Industry Only, by appointment

Thursday 23 May 4:00 – 8.00 pm // Industry Only, RSVP ESSENTIAL.

Friday 24 May 9:00 am – 5:00 pm //Industry Only, by appointment

Saturday, 25 May and Sunday, 26 May, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm // Design Public


Ben McCarthy, Designer, Ben McCarthy Studio

Hailing from Sydney, Ben has spent much of the last 20 years working overseas at renowned studios in London and Hong Kong. Having moved back to Australia to open his studio, Ben is in Sydney, working with local and international clients. Ben operates his practice in overlapping fields; as an industrial designer, maker and artist. He has won prestigious design awards for personal and team projects, exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, and has been involved in multiple patent registrations.


Sue has over 20 years of Interior Design leadership experience spanning all Woods Bagot Global Studio sectors. She has received several design awards, participated in design competitions, and contributed to industry publications. Although based in the Melbourne Studio, her expertise has led her to projects in Sydney, Perth, New York, London, and Doha.


Simon established gohome in 2001 to highlight the innovation of Australian design through their furniture collections. With a 25-year background in import, export, and manufacturing worldwide, Simon thoroughly understands the commercialisation of product design, concept visualisation, and manufacturing to gohome.


The Sculptform Design Studio, designed by Woods Bagot, showcases a range of timber and aluminium options for wall or ceiling solutions. The showroom features these industry-leading systems in a tactile environment where you can interact with the entire product range.


Anne-Maree Sargeant is a passionate advocate, curator, journalist, speaker, and creative problem solver with almost three decades of experience in the design industry.


Utility Collection by Ben McCarthy | Launch & Designer Discussion

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