“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 creatives. Elevating the importance of design and creativity, and the work of the creative communities we live in, LeAmon has been working internationally for two decades as a visual artist, industrial designer, industry consultant, curator, writer and university lecturer.
Amplifying the message of designers in the public domain LeAmon was appointed the Hugh Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, in 2015.
LeAmon’s practice as both a creative and design professional is renown for fostering dialogues between the creative disciplines of art and design and the corporate sectors. Her protean inventiveness has been applied to a vast array of commercial and cultural production, including product design, site specific and interior design, jewellery, limited edition collectibles and design & art for exhibition. Her practice, Simone LeAmon Design and Creative Strategy, explores cultural values and social practices with rigour and insight. Design outcomes frequently blend ingenuity and a meticulous sense of craftsmanship with her trademark flash of wit. Working with architect Edmund Carter since 2008, LeAmon leads Carter LeAmon Design and Architecture Studio.
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) from Victorian College of Arts (1993) and a Masters in Industrial Design from RMIT University, Melbourne (2004), Simone soon garnered international recognition and was identified in 2007 as one of the world’s most exciting 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 and in 2013 she curated the design component of Melbourne Now for the National Gallery of Victoria.
Simone LeAmon’s 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), Curve (Australia) and on Monocle Radio (LDN).
From the iconic Bowling Arm bangles sold around the world to her design and consultancy work with the National Gallery of Victoria (AUST), Rakumba (AUST), ANZ Banking Group (AUST), the Arts Centre Melbourne (AUST), Oluce (ITA), howwecreate.com (AUST), PLANEX (AUST), Indesign Publishing (AUST) and the Juilliard Group (AUST) to name a few, Simone’s work reflects her skills as an inventor, visionary, problem solver, raconteur, provocateur, entrepreneur, writer, curator, lecturer and brand ambassador.
Simone is a lecturer in the Industrial Design program at RMIT University (AUST) and adjunct lecturer at Monash University MADA (AUST).