The Design for Social Impact Dinner held at the R.E.A.L Store in Sydney on July 31 was the perfect opportunity for designers, entrepreneurs and Est readers to come together to celebrate design as both a source of beauty and as an agent for change.
In support of Virginia Bruce’s The REAL Foundation initiative and the 2014 REAL IMPACT UNSW COFA Design Graduate Mentor Program, the evening featured the unveiling of projects completed by current graduates of the 2014 program – as well as a heart warming address from Simone Cipriani, the visionary behind the United Nations ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.
Est readers joined designers and creatives to support the local artistic talent designing with a conscious and together we raised our sustainably produced Antipodes glass bottles in unison to celebrate the work of those driving change in the industry.
Set in the warehouse style space that hosts the Gentle Deer office by day, a 12m long central table sitting beneath Sala Verde pendant lighting, was stunningly set with Royal Doulton china and Limited Edition Hands ceramics with inspiring quotes for change.
Guests shared a 2 course feast that featured sustainably produced lamb creatively pared with a mix of seasonal vegetables and salads by chef Raymond Lim, the co-owner of John Montagu, while Antipodes sparkling water paid the perfect compliment to the Australian sourced selection of wines.
As with all of events that Est is involved in we found ourselves leaving at the end of a great night totally overwhelmed by the talent and the support for our local design industry. It is what keeps us inspired and motivated to support change here at Est HQ!
LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHY: Jimmy Too