6 Things to Dip Into at Melbourne Design Week 2017

Clear the diary or book your flight.

16 Mar 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

Melbourne is a hotbed of creativity and culture. For the next ten days, it’s rolling out in spades, so get excited design enthusiasts!

Melbourne Design Week 2017 starts today. Staged in and around the National Gallery of Victoria, this design-centric is not to be missed. As a result, visitiors are invited to delve into all aspects of creativity, design, culture and architecture.

“Melbourne Design Week will explore the value design can and does bring to Victoria – to our lives, communities, businesses, and industries,” says Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries. “Being a creative state isn’t just about having great arts and cultural events,” he continues. “It’s about applying creative thinking and approaches to all aspects of our society.”

Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria. The eclectic ten-day event will comprise talks by leading design experts, design-focused exhibitions, tours, panel discussions and industry events.

Here’s a snapshot of what is hot and happening during this ten-day event!

A Foray Into Fakes

The replica furniture design market is booming in Australia. Is this a good or bad thing? The ’26 Original Fakes’ exhibition will see 26 contemporary Australian practitioners reconfigure an imitation copy of Jasper Morrison’s Hal Chair, inviting visitors to re-evaluate the replica.

Breaking The Mould

Chilean designers Great Things to People (GT2P) bring their pottery-printing installation to Federation Court at NGV International. GT2P’s low-tech resourcefulness uses a fabric sling, suspended at adjustable intervals, to mold liquid clay into beautiful vessels. The ceramic slip drains and dries before your eyes, creating one of a kind objects.

Read Between Designs

If pictures aren’t your thing, maybe words are? The Asia-Pacific region’s largest art book fair sees more than 100 stallholders transform the NGV Great Hall into a vibrant art book market. Lose hours and hours amidst the best books that money can – and can’t buy.

Get High

Who needs a house these days? Apartment living is on the rise – literally! This panel discussion of leading Melbourne architects and designers looks at what makes great apartment design, how to sustain it long term and what social and environmental impact it will have in the long term.

Make Yourself At Home

This one speaks to the sticky beaks in all of us! During Design Week, fifteen Victorian businesses across retail, health, innovation, industry and manufacturing will open their doors in a special series of tours by Open House Melbourne. Revealing the ways in which design has been used to transform processes and add value to the workspace, these tours will illustrate each organisation’s strong design DNA.

Back in Blak

What is important Indigenous design, and why does it matter? From interior and product design to landscape, architecture and town planning, this panel, hosted by Daniel Browning, examines the practices of prominent Indigenous designers and interrogates how Indigenous design is defined, received, and made visible in Australia.

Clear the diary or book your flight. Melbourne Design Week is not to be missed! For more information, visit: Design Week Melbourne


16 Mar 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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