EVENT GALLERY. Utzon Panel Talk x Sydney Opera House

EVENT GALLERY. Utzon Panel Talk x Sydney Opera House

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Last week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House with a special panel talk event held in the Utzon Room, hosted in partnership with &Tradition and Utzon Centre. Read on to see highlights from this memorable evening! 

Photography by Anna Pihan


Last week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, designed by renowned Danish architect, Jørn Utzon,  with a special panel talk event held in the Utzon Room.

Expertly chaired by Yellowtrace founder, Dana Tomić Hughes, the discussion explored how Jørn Utzon's love of nature, especially water, influenced his work on Sydney Opera House.

Architect Richard Leplastrier talked about his time working at the Utzon office in the 1960s; personal anecdotes were shared by Jørn Utzon's grandson and the artist Mika Utzon Popov; Line Nørskov Eriksen, Director of Exhibitions at the Utzon Center, led the discussion on Jørn Utzon the architect as a custodian of his work; and Els Van Hoorebeeck, &Tradition Creative and Brand Director, offered insights into Utzon's influence extending beyond architecture.

It was a special evening filled with personal stories and insights into the mind of this truly great architect, all in celebration of the iconic landmark and its visionary creator. We'd like to thank everyone who attended and made the event so memorable.


"With harbour views stretched behind the 200-or-so seats of the Utzon Room – one of two internal spaces entirely finished to the architect’s specifications – and one of Utzon’s vibrant tapestries displayed behind the panellists, there couldn’t have been a more fitting space for hearing stories of Utzon’s life, work and affinity with the sea.

The audience was also reminded of cultural exchanges between Australia and Utzon’s native Denmark … though at this celebratory occasion, there seemed to be an unspoken agreement that certain exchanges needn’t be revisited. Instead, tales flowed between Utzon’s family members, collaborators and design custodians, forming a narrative about the poetry and passion that fuelled the architect’s work."

- Amy Woodroffe, Editor - Architecture AU

Read more about the night via Architecture AU > 

In commemoration of Jørn Utzon and his contribution to design, Danish brand &Tadition has taken inspiration from one of his favourite colours to create the Special Edition Utzon Pendant Lamp. 

The pendant was originally conceived by Utzon in 1947, a decade before he began work on the monument. Its structure is a precursor for the lyrical aesthetic of the landmark’s silhouette. 

The new Steel Blue shade references the colour of the harbour water and the high-gloss finish is inspired by the ceramic tiles that cover the iconic building.

In stock and ready to ship, exclusively from Cult in Australia.

Discover the Utzon Special Edition >
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The &Tradition collection is exclusively available in Australia at Cult. Shop online Australia-wide or visit our stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 

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