Dutch Design Duo – Marie Bernard | The Space Between Us. Image courtesy of OTOMYS

The Space Between Us | Discussion on Dutch and Australian Design Values Past Event

Presented by OTOMYS


Thu 30 May 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Free, Booking Required


424 Malvern Road
424 Malvern Road, Prahran VIC 3181, Australia


Accessible bathroom, All gender bathroom, Assistance animals welcome, Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

The Space Between Us | Dutch and Australian Design Values through the prism of ecology, ethics and energy. An exploration of art and design values across cultures with a shared history.

Conversation Panel:

Adrianna Hana – Director of Architecture at Kennedy Nolan Architecture

Sander Versluis – Associate Director for UNStudio Australia and a Dutch registered Senior Architect

Dr Simon Lockrey – Associate Professor Simon Lockrey, RMIT School of Design

The Space Between Us is an exhibition that combines the collectible design, sculpture and wall art of Dutch duo Marie Bernard. They draw on the notion of ecology as the totality – or pattern – of relations between organisms (people) and their environments. Working across the entire gallery, Marie Bernard create a 3-dimensional environment where viewers translate the concept of the void as a relational portal for connection. Through this, Marie Bernard examine the interplay between negative and positive space, and the relationship between what is and isn’t seen.

The abstracted designs are inspired by the vernacular architecture of Nièvre in central France, in particular, the exaggerated use of masonry to frame doorways. They employ this reference to the portal to emphasise global connections between people and their environment. The work of Marie Bernard suggests a shift in our focus away from the tangible differences toward the intangible qualities of our shared human experience. They demonstrate the universality of design as a tool to enable connection.

Otomys seeks to empower local collectors to better understand the importance of design as a critical communication tool that can enhance your home and your relationship to the spaces that surround you.