“I am a storyteller – engaged in an ongoing project of designing, making, curating and writing.”
– Simone LeAmon
Simone LeAmon has established a career as one of Australia’s foremost design professionals. Elevating the importance of design and creativity, and the work of the creative communities we live in, LeAmon has been working internationally for more than two decades as an artist, industrial designer, design curator, writer, industry consultant and university lecturer.
Amplifying the role of designers in the public domain, LeAmon was appointed the inaugural Hugh Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2015. The NGV’s Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture is the first of its kind for an art gallery in Australia. Launched in 2015, the Department spearheads the NGV’s vision to become a leading international proponent for design.
Simone LeAmon works on design exhibitions, programming and projects that give agency to people of different backgrounds. Her practice as both a designer and curator aims to elevate the value of design for the enrichment of society, culture and the environment.
Reflecting the full diversity of her creative and commercial practice, LeAmon has established three design studios since 1999 including: n+1 equals interdisciplinary studio; Simone LeAmon Design and Creative Strategy; and in 2013 with architect Edmund Carter, she co-founded Carter LeAmon. LeAmon’s protean inventiveness has been applied to a vast array of commercial and cultural production, including: product and furniture design, interior design, contemporary jewellery, limited edition and exhibition work. Design outcomes frequently blend ingenuity and a meticulous sense of craftsmanship with her trademark flash of wit.
Exploring cultural values and social practices with rigour and insight, Simone LeAmon’s design work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: 2012 Unexpected Pleasures, Design Museum London; 2011 Rock-a-by, Cappellini Showroom NYC; 2008 Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living, Triennale di Milano; 2005 Anytime Soon, 1000 Eventi Milano; 2003 Quiet Collision, Viafarini Gallery Milano and MOTO Showroom, Gertrude Contemporary Arts Spaces, Melbourne. Her work has been profiled in notable international titles: Surface Asia (SGP), Interni (ITA) Mood (ITA), L’ Arca (ITA), Intramuros (FRA), Mezonin (RUS), Indesign (AUST), Inside (AUST) and Curve (Australia).
Simone LeAmon received her Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) from Victorian College of Arts in 1993 and Masters in Industrial Design from RMIT University, Melbourne in 2004. She soon garnered international recognition and was identified in 2007 as one of the world’s most exciting emerging designers (&fork, Phaidon Press UK). In 2009, Simone received The Cecily and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award (National Gallery of Victoria), one of the most coveted accolades in Australian design, in 2011 she was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts, Greene Street Studio Residency in New York.
Lecturing across the disciplines of contemporary art, craft, design, Simone LeAmon has lectured in the Industrial Design, Interior Design, Jewellery Design and Art History programs at RMIT University, Monash University, Swinburne University, Box Hill Institute (Australia) and Princess Nora University, Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.