Heated discussion at the DQ Roundtable

What began as a discussion of iconic designers turned into a robust exchange about what makes good design at the DQ Roundtable as part of Sydney Indesign on Friday 14 August. Held at furniture retailer Seeho Su's showroom in Surry Hills, Melonie Bayl-Smith was one of eight panelists exploring the topic, led by DQ magazine editor Sophia Watson. Also on the panel were designers of products, architecture and interiors, including: Alexander Lotersztain (Derlot), Jason Bird (Luxxbox),  Tomek Archer (Archer Office), Christopher Boots (Christopher Boots Design), Tim Giles (Geyer), Paul Hecker (Hecker Guthrie) and Todd Hammond (Woods Bagot).

Half a roundtable (L-R) Christopher Boots, Melonie Bayl-Smith, Jason Bird, Paul Hecker and Sophia Watson from DQ

Half a roundtable (L-R) Christopher Boots, Melonie Bayl-Smith, Jason Bird, Paul Hecker and Sophia Watson from DQ

Although each of the speakers on the panel, called "Power Personalities: The Heavy Hitters Series", are well known, a discussion of what it means to be a "famous" designer quickly gave way to how to be a good designer. The concept behind a design project, the importance of a good team, and a thorough understanding of the client were named as three key aspects of doing good design, while Paul Hecker insisted that design should be a fun process, and Melonie was vocal on the subject of planners with low design literacy.

The Bijl team attended the event as part of its Friday Afternoon Studio Sessions (or FASS) and afterwards spent some time at the Living Edge showroom, including admiring the new Bloc sofa designed by David Caon. Sydney Indesign is always a good opportunity to see new products and meet old friends and this year was no exception. The addition of events like DQ Roundtable makes the event even more engaging and relevant to the architecture and design profession. 

Team photo on the Bloc sofa at Living Edge (L-R) Andy Lee, Alisdair McPhee, Vanessa Tang Lee, Melonie Bayl-Smith and Felicity from Living Edge

Team photo on the Bloc sofa at Living Edge (L-R) Andy Lee, Alisdair McPhee, Vanessa Tang Lee, Melonie Bayl-Smith and Felicity from Living Edge