Lou is a creative director and strategist with two decades experience across the creative industries, working with festivals and companies to realise ideas that always stem from a passion for historical context.
Broached Commissions, a gallery-based, research-driven furniture and object design studio, is the purest expression of this context driven work. The company was founded in late 2011 to international acclaim. Immediately after launching, Broached was engaged to create a narrative furniture collection for the now renowned Hotel Hotel, Canberra. Broached created the first ever design show for UCCA, Beijing and is the only studio represented at the prestigious Design Miami, Basel shows. In 2018-2019 a survey show of Broached works, titled Design Storytellers: the work of Broached Commissions was presented at NGVA, Federation Square.
Since 2006 Lou has been engaged by companies and government agencies to realise strategic goals. In 2010 he directed the Victorian Government’s Design Festival and in 2007 he created a national product design mentoring body for The Australia Council for the Arts. Lou has created large scale public artworks for Melbourne City Council, Melbourne, Singapore International Arts Festivals and Tokyo Design Week.