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Thu 17 Mar
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Villa Alba Museum
Villa Alba Museum, Walmer Street, Kew VIC, Australia

CAGED: Bentwood Chair No.14 by Ash Allen

CAGED by Ash Allen Past Event


AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE presents CAGED by Ash Allen, an exhibition of one-off interpretations of modern furnishing icons recreated by Ash Allen as a statement about how replica and knock-off furniture are empty and meaningless. The project grew during Melbourne’s series of rolling lockdowns as an expression of being caged with Ash reflecting that this also represents how copied designs harm culture, the environment, and the industry at large. The installation is accompanied by a series of limited-edition photographic works of the collection by Tom Blachford.

This exhibition is curated and produced by AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE director Anne-Maree Sargeant, and supported by: Tomek Archer, CocoFlip, Euroluce, Living Edge, Cult and JRF.

This exhibition is part of FUTURES COLLECTIVE exhibition at the Villa Alba Museum.



Anne-Maree Sargeant (AMS)

Former editor-at-large of BELLE Magazine, AMS was part of the team that established SPACE FURNITURE and ran Space Sydney for a decade. After helming her own design-driven marketing agency she took over the governance of the AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE in 2015 to actively advocate for IP law changes and educate about the importance of supporting, promoting and specifying original products, materials and brands. AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE is a social enterprise leading the fight to stop furniture design theft in Australia. It exists to support and promote original creators, products and brands, and the people who make, sell and specify authentic furnishings.

Contact AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE to learn more about how you can help stop replica, knock-off and counterfeit furnishings. @authentic_design_alliance

DESIGN-MADE Podcast by the ADA® launches March, 2022 at MDW, with AMS @design_made_


Ash Allen

Awards & Exhibitions:

Sustainable award for “Sticks & Stone” at Vivid and Fringe Furniture shows & exhibited at NGV 2012

Delight in Light and The Edge awards for “Dollop” pendant light – exhibited in London & Milan, 2013

“Lionheart” stools exhibited at AIFF in New York 2015 and in NGV permanent collection

IDEA award for “Flex” bar stool and table, in collaboration with Harry Zanios, 2016

AUTHENTIC DESIGN ALLIANCE Award – Vivid DESIGN Comp for “Igneous” wall light, in collaboration with James Walsh, 2017

“Pressureless” rubber stools exhibited at Sophie Gannon Gallery as part of MDW, 2017

“Igneous” wall light invited to exhibit DESIGN MADE Sydney 2017

Sydney Design Festival 2019 ADA/AMS curated installation ‘Home.Grown. ‘New Australian Design’

“Crest” paper pendant light, in collaboration with Morgan Doty, exhibited at Friends & Associates exhibition as part of MDW, 2020

Design ethos:

“I try to design and make original, conceptual furniture and lighting pieces with a strong narrative, that are exploratory with a minimal environmental footprint” // @ashallendesign