Danielle Brustman’s Melbourne based studio encompasses a broad spectrum of practice, from residential interiors and commercial design for the hospitality, education and retail sectors along with furniture and lighting design for exhibition and installation. Her installation and furniture design work has been exhibited extensively.
Danielle works with a rich syntax of colour to conceive works that challenge our perception of private and public space. Her design work is narrative driven and informed by dynamic colour relationships, geometric form and fantastical spaces.
Danielle began her design career working as a set designer for theatre and performance collaborating with some of Australia’s most celebrated theatre makers, companies and artists. In 2012, she established her interior design studio. Her background as a set designer is evident in her work where colour, light and spectacle play a vital role.
In 2022, Danielle was named a finalist in the Dezeen awards in the Exhibition design Category for her installation Coloured In , NGVTriennial 2020. She was also invited to be a judge in the 2022 Dezeen Awards in the Retail Design Category.
In 2022, Danielle was one of five finalists in the Australian Furniture Design award. As part of Melbourne Design Week she also presented works in Sophie Gannon’s stall at the Melbourne Contemporary Design Fair as well as the Self Portrait group show at RMIT Design Hub Gallery.
In both 2021 and 2022 Danielle has been named by Vogue Living in the VL50 top designers in Australia.
In 2020, Danielle was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to work with curators Simone Le Amon and Amanda Dunsmore on a large site specific installation titled Coloured In as part of the NGV Triennial 2020. Coloured In used Interior design strategies – in dialogue with the NGV Collection exhibition Spectrum : An Exploration of Colour – to investigate the functional and affective qualities of colour, shining light on the role of colour in shaping human experience.
In 2018, Danielle was invited to be a finalist at the Rigg Design Prize 2018.
Recognizing excellence in contemporary Australian design, the Rigg Design Prize is the Highest accolade for object and furniture design in Australia.
Danielle’s installations and design work have also been presented at Melbourne International Arts Festival ( 2012 ), Dark Mofo Festival , Hobart ( 2015 ): Salon Del Mobile : Local Milan , Milan ( 2019) : Sophie Gannon Gallery: Designwork 04, (2020) and Melbourne Design Week ( 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 )
Her 10 Combs jewellery project, a collaboration with British artist Jonathan Ellery is currently on display at the NGV as part of the Melbourne Now exhibition.
DANIELLE BRUSTMAN IN NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA'S MELBOURNE NOW
We are delighted to share that designer Danielle Brustman will be joining over 200 Victorian based artists, designers, architects and studios as part of the second edition landmark exhibition ‘Melbourne Now’ @ngvmelbourne.
Bold in scope and scale, Melbourne Now will cross a range of contemporary disciplines including fashion, jewellery, painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, video, performance, printmaking and publishing.
The exhibition will run from the 24th March - 20th August 2023 and be displayed throughout all levels of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
You can also see new work by Danielle at our stand E3 at the NGV Melbourne Design Fair in May 2023.
DANIELLE BRUSTMAN IN VOGUE LIVING
Danielle Brustman was voted in the top 50 Australian designers by Vogue Living in their VL50 article.
Vogue Living's VL50 represents Australian creatives held in high regard, as noted by repeat blips on the radar, sell-out shows, book deals, best-in-class awards and rave reviews from those in the know.
The future of Australian design has never looked brighter.
DANIELLE BRUSTMAN LONGLISTED IN DAZEEN PRIZE
Congratulations to Danielle Brustman, whose project ‘Coloured In’ has been longlisted in this year’s Dezeen Awards in the Exhibition Design Category.
This project was commissioned by The National Gallery of Victoria for the NGV Triennial 2020 and spoke in dialogue with the gallery’s permanent collection exhibition Spectrum: an exploration of Colour.
Shortlists and winners will be announced later in the year. We wish Danielle all the best moving forward.
Photographer: Jonathon Griggs
DANIELLE BRUSTMAN DIA SHORTLISTING
Danielle's Meteorite Light has been shortlisted in the Design Institute Awards 2022 in the ‘Use’ category.
Meteorite is a very special collaboration between Danielle Brustman and Edward Linacre that was created for the AFD Award earlier this year. The piece was first presented by Style Craft Furniture and the National Gallery of Victoria for Melbourne Design Week. It is currently on display in the Style Craft Furniture showroom.
Sophie Gannon Gallery congratulates Danielle on her shortlisting and looks forward to the final announcement on 3 August.
Photo: Artists with Meteorite
Photographer: Jonathon Griggs
DANIELLE BRUSTMAN AT THE NGV
Danielle Brustman is included in NGV Triennial 2020, now on display at the National Gallery of Victoria. The NGV Triennial brings contemporary art, design and architecture into dialogue, offering a visually arresting and thought-provoking view of the world at this time.
Brustman's Chromatic Fantastic series was first exhibited at Sophie Gannon Gallery as part of Designwork 04 for the NGV's Melbourne Design Week 2020.⠀
NGV Triennial is on display until 18 April 2021.
Image: Installation view of Danielle Brustman’s Chromatic fantastic cabinet, 2020, and Chromatic fantastic wall light, 2020, on display in NGV Triennial 2020 from 19 December 2020 – 18 April 2021 presented alongside Brustman’s Coloured In, 2020, installation in Spectrum: An exploration of colour, 2020, at NGV International, Melbourne. © Danielle Brustman. Photo: Sean Fennessy
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