The inaugural APDL Connect installation was unveiled at the State Library of Queensland.

A new initiative of State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL), the APDL Connect Project aims to foster collaboration between the APDL and the Asia Pacific design community through the creation of new and innovative content within the APDL Design Lounge.

The winning design proposal was jointly developed by Beijing-based designers Ray Yuen, Andrew Brett and Tak Lee, and Brisbane-based designer Laura Fenwick in response to a regional workshop held in the Woods Bagot Beijing and Brisbane offices, exploring the idea of ‘cultural DNA’.

Urging Queenslanders to explore the idea of ‘cultural influence on design’, State Librarian Janette Wright said library visitors can engage with the installation, using string to map out their life journeys, connecting to different Asia Pacific locations that are represented by timber poles.

According to Ms Wright, the design will evolve over time, visually representing the diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences of both designers and visitors who engage with the installation. The installation aims to document a design project from concept to completion, providing audiences access to an inspiring exemplar of design process.

Ms Wright explains that the APDL Connect Project is a great example of building relationships with the wider Asia Pacific design community to promote contemporary design thinking and analysis.

Senior Associate Ray Yuen from Woods Bagot Beijing office said he was thrilled to be at the State Library to celebrate the launch and see the design installed in the APDL Design Lounge. He is eager to see what the installation evolves into over the coming year.

The installation will be on display in State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library until May 2016.