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Powerhouse Appoints Stephen Todd as Creative Director Sydney Design Week 2020

Black and white portrait of Anthony GeernaertAugust 23, 2019

Image: Anthony Geernaert

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The Powerhouse has today announced the appointment of esteemed writer and editor Stephen Todd as the Creative Director of Sydney Design Week 2020. Todd will draw on his specialised expertise in design to create a dynamic seven-day program directly responding to the design industry.

Taking place from September 16-22 2020, Sydney Design Week will refine the previously titled Sydney Design Festival into a dedicated program focusing on the local Australian Design industry whilst also reflecting on internationally applicable design themes within the context of Australia’s place in the Asia Pacific.

Stephen Todd is a writer, editor and creative director with 25 years of international experience across design, architecture, fashion and art. He launched French fashion and culture titles, Numéro and Jalouse magazine, and has written for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Blueprint, Wallpaper, American Vogue. In 2005 he launched the branding and communications agency concept+image in Paris where he orchestrated bespoke programs including exhibitions, catalogues, events and advertising for major clients including Moet and Swarovski. For Swarovski, he curated the 9 X 10 Swarovski At Work design show at the Milan Furniture Fair and the 22 Ways To Say Black fashion exhibition at Phillips Auction House in New York. He is currently the design editor at The Australian Financial Review.

On his appointment, Stephen Todd said: “It is an honour to be named Creative Director of Sydney Design Week 2020 and I’m looking forward to working with the team at the Powerhouse to deliver an engaging seven-day program of exhibitions, workshops, discussions and events.”

Powerhouse Museum, Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said: “Stephen Todd has a unique and extensive insight into contemporary design and media. We look forward to his leadership in creating a brilliant event in 2020.”

Details for the program will be announced later in the year.

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