The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the MAAS website contains a range of Indigenous Cultural Material. This includes artworks, artifacts, images and recordings of people who may have passed away, and other objects which may be culturally sensitive.
2008/3/4 Tableware and napkin (10), ceramic / rubber / paper, designed by Ken Done, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1993, tableware made by Australian Fine China, Australia, 1993-1994, used by Powerhouse Garden Restaurant, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1994-2002. Click to enlarge.

Tableware and napkin designed by Ken Done

Designed by Done, Ken in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1993-1994.
Ken Done (b. Sydney 1940) was commissioned in 1993 to create a new environment for the Powerhouse Restaurant in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. The Powerhouse Garden Restaurant opened in March 1994 and remained popular until the Powerhouse Garden Restaurant murals and designs were removed with the refurbishment of the space in 2002. The restaurant captured the spirit of the artist's own harbour side garden on a perfect summer's day and transformed a dreary industrial interior to create a fantasy landscape of vibrant colour and different layers that energised the architectural space.

A collection of objects from and relating to the vibrantly designed space exemplifies the signature style and mass appeal of Done's work. It complements the extensive archive of Ken Done material held in the Museum's permanent collection.

Done was undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian designers of the late twentieth century, and one of the few with an international reputation. His visual language was so pervasive at the time that it was impossible not to consider his work central to the way in which Australian's defined themselves. His style is instantly recognisable worldwide conjuring up ideas of sun, sand, and surf, basic tenets of the enviable Australian lifestyle which appealed broadly to the tourism industry at the time.

Summary

Object No.

2008/3/4

Object Statement

Tableware and napkin (10), ceramic / rubber / paper, designed by Ken Done, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1993, tableware made by Australian Fine China, Australia, 1993-1994, used by Powerhouse Garden Restaurant, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1994-2002

Physical Description

Tableware (9) and napkin, ceramic / rubber / paper, designed by Ken Done, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1993, tableware made by Australian Fine China, Australia, 1993-1994, used by Powerhouse Garden Restaurant, Deny, New South Wales, Australia, 1994-2002

Tableware set made in white ceramic consisting of a pair of salt and pepper shakers with a rubber stopper in their bases, one mug, one cup and saucer set, one bread and butter plate, one entree plate, one dinner plate and one soup/pasta plate all with the Powerhouse Garden Restaurant floral design printed in blue, green, yellow and pink. The paper napkin is printed with the outline of the floral design in dark blue as featured on the tableware. The tableware range is stamped on base with manufacturers details.

Marks

Each object is printed with the copyright symbol and the letters 'KD' as part of the floral design.

All tableware except the salt and pepper shakers are stamped with manufacturers details.

Production

Notes

Each product in the Powerhouse Garden Collection was designed by Ken Done to complement the decorative scheme. Wherever possible all items were Australian made. The tableware was made by Australian Fine China.

Ken Done, one of Australia's best known artists and designers, was commissioned in 1993 to create a new environment for the Powerhouse Restaurant in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. The Powerhouse Garden Restaurant captured the spirit of the artist's own harbourside garden situated at Chinamans Beach in Sydney on a perfect summer's day. The garden theme was a landscape fantasy designed to counterbalance the lack of natural light and the industrial character of the upper level of the Museum situated near the executive offices. Initially, Done provided an idea of his scheme in miniature by working on a scale model of the restaurant, complete with lift-off roof. The model was presented to the Trustees who approved the concept. The vivid shapes and colours envisaged by Done, flowed across all surfaces including the walls and ceiling creating real and illusory space.

Ken Done (b. Sydney 1940) was one of the most popular Australian designers of the late twentieth century, and one of the few with an international reputation at the time. The Museum holds a comprehensive archive and collection of Ken Done's work. Ken Done's multi-disciplinary approach to design and production and the evolution of the Done Art & Design company, made Ken Done a marketing success story during the 1980s and 1990s. During his career, Done's work spanned television and graphic advertising campaigns (1950s-1970s) through to painting, product, graphic, textile and fashion design. His many projects include his Australia flag design commissioned by the AUSFLAG committee (1995), Kosta Boda glass (1987), Suntory Beer cans (1991), Hanako magazine covers, Tokyo (1988 to 2000) and a BMW art car (1989), the Australian Pavilion identity at World Expo '88 (1988), World Design Congress graphics (1999) and the programs for the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Done's indisputable, and at times controversial, contribution to Australian identity is well documented. Done was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to art, design and tourism in 1992.

History

Notes

Ken Done, one of Australia's best known artists and designers, was commissioned in 1993 to create a new environment for the Powerhouse Restaurant in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Former Director of the Powerhouse Museum, Terence Measham conceived the idea to brighten up the restaurant.

The Powerhouse Garden Restaurant opened in March 1994 and was designed to capture the spirit of the artist's own harbourside garden on a perfect summer's day. The Powerhouse Garden Restaurant murals and designs were removed with the refurbishment of the space in 2002.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Tableware and napkin designed by Ken Done 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 August 2020, <https://ma.as/369859>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/369859 |title=Tableware and napkin designed by Ken Done |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=15 August 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

Incomplete

This object record is currently incomplete. Other information may exist in a non-digital form. The Museum continues to update and add new research to collection records.

Know more about this object?

TELL US

Have a question about this object?

ASK US