Two-day festival Melbourne Indesign is bringing new exhibitors, product launches and parties to town...
BY SOPHIE DAVIES
Melbourne Indesign kicks off today, enticing the design community out to play with sociable events from Friday 12 to Saturday 13 August. Based mainly in Melbourne's design showrooms, it focuses on the CBD and hot design districts Collingwood and Richmond, with product launches, talks, tours and parties that will be catnip to design hunters. Here are the Fizz highlights…
ABOVE: Interiors store Zenith's pretty 'All Sorts' lounger and ottoman range
BELOW: Design hunters will be out in force for Melbourne Indesign
FRIDAY 12 AUGUST
Timed events (10am-6pm)
MID16 kicks off on Friday with a day of industry talks, design workshops, ticketed events, architecture tours, and invitation-only launches from 10am to 6pm. Venues range from the city centre to Richmond and Collingwood, with showrooms hosting much of the action.
Up Late (5pm-10pm)
Why drag yourself around a trade fair when you can sashay around Melbourne's vibrant city centre instead? On Friday evening, from 5pm to 10pm, join the inaugural Up Late in the CBD session, a trail linking five top style and cultural spaces offering intriguing design experiences after dark. Business hours will be extended and corks popped...
Start your night at Swedish fashion label COS (The Strand, 240 Elizabeth St) where Fizz fave Adelaide design duo Daniel Emma will create three installations inspired by the classic white shirt across the brand’s Melbourne and Sydney stores.
High-end furniture showroom Hub (63 Exhibition St) launches new designs by Italian brand Moroso, plus an exhibition by Spanish glass artist Luis Parades. Hub will also be drumming up applicants for their amazing Design Speed Date later in October, a rare chance for Melbourne and Sydney talents to pitch their design ideas to Moroso's influential art director Patrizia Moroso.
Swing by District (20 Russell St) to check out their smartly curated products, including furniture by Simon James Design, David Moreland Design and Mattiazzi, plus lighting by Resident and Hem, then kick back at Zenith (179 Flinders Lane) for Winter Drinks while lounging on The SD Element's appealing 'All Sorts' chaise longue and ottomans.
Finally, head to major gallery NGV Australia (Ground Level, NGV Design Studio, corner of Flinders St and Russell St) at 6pm for an exclusive ticketed curators' preview of exhibition 'Glenn Murcutt – Architecture of Faith', focussed on the seminal Australian architect's new Australian Islamic Centre at Hobsons Bay, on the fringes of Melbourne. Just launched on 9 August, the exhibition is open to the public until 19 February 2017.
ABOVE: Detail of a roof lantern at Glenn Murcutt's Australian Islamic Centre; and elevated roof showing lantern lay-out, designed in collaboration with Elevli Plus
SATURDAY 13 AUGUST
Design Districts (10am-6pm)
Established design district Richmond and edgy up-and-comer Collingwood are the hot spots for design stores in Melbourne, with more than 40 exhibitors coming out to play on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Permanent showrooms and pop-up spaces will showcase furniture, lighting, accessories, flooring, fixtures and fittings. Expect intimate events, installations with tempting catering, and sensory delights. A Saturday-only shuttle bus service will ferry visitors around both districts, stopping off at key sites.
Just east of the CBD, Richmond is home to many of Melbourne's major furniture and interiors showrooms, based on and around Church and Swan streets, and adjacent quarter Cremorne. Fizz tips include respected store Cult (44 Cremorne St, 9am-5.30pm), teaming up with exciting Danish design label Hay to present the Australian launch of the striking new ‘Palissade’ outdoor furniture range by French duo the Bouroullec brothers (see our post on the UK launch here). The leafy installation will be shown at nursery Glasshaus's Inside events space. Also drop by the Dutch Design Collective (33 Cremorne St, 10am-5pm) celebrating 12 of the best Dutch design brands at the House of Orange warehouse, including powerhouse Moooi, stylish HK Living Australia and iconic Artifort.
Shared space Gentfactory (141 Dover St, Cremorne) features flooring, surface materials and commercial design, plus the Corian Recharge Bar for refreshments. Also on the Richmond circuit are Artedomus, Arthur G, Atlas Concorde Ceramiche, CDK Stone, Cerdomus Tile Studio, PAD Furniture, Products for People, Shaw Contract, Sketch Tile Concepts, Tongue n Groove, and Urban Edge Ceramics. Luckily, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars for refuelling en route.
ABOVE: Ross Didier unveils his new 'Gelava' chairs and 'Brulaire' tables, inspired by sweet treats, sorbet colours and desserts, as part of the 'First Bite' collection on show at Pioneer in Collingwood
Industrial-chic, inner-north Collingwood is fast becoming the go-to spot for design, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants, almost stealing the limelight from more gentrified neighbour Fitzroy. It's a smaller trail, with top Fizz tip Cafe Culture + Insitu (77 Cromwell St), where you'll catch six hot local names. Talents on display include Anaesthetic, Anchor Ceramics, ChristelH, Didier, LifeSpaceJourney, and Savage Design. The six will also create an installation for Indesign's conceptual series The Project, under the theme Evolution. Don't miss the gourmet hot dog cart from noon to 3pm! Hub at James Makin Gallery (67 Cambridge St) will present a landscape of pendant lights using Paris Au Mois d'Août's delicate hand-made fabrics, alongside curated art and objects.
Shared spaces are another tip here, with Pioneer (5 Easey St) supporting new and local independent design, including Didier (Ross Didier's label debuting gelato-hued furniture, lighting and rugs with the First Bite Collection), Franco Crea, ThinkLab by Luxxbox, Arko Furniture, Apparentt, indigenous upholstery fabrics at Winya, and lighting by Oxley/Butterworth.
You'll find 13 brands under one roof at Rokeby Studios (1/90-94 Rokeby St), including furniture, flooring, finishes and fixtures, with Scandinavian Business Seating and smart Japanese toilet brand TOTO in the mix. Melbourne roaster Padre Coffee will keep you buzzing. Collingwood's design trail also features pit stops at AJAR furniture and design, Darkon Lighting, Interface and Winspear.
ABOVE: Cerdomus Tile Studio's elemental space is part of the Richmond design precinct, showcasing porcelain slabs and pavers
Timed Events and After Party
Saturday also sees a series of timed events take place across both precincts, including talk '(The Internet Stole) My Design' at 11am (5 Easey St; free but rsvp), with Australian designers Kate Stokes, Ross Gardam, Nick Rennie, Tomek Archer and Tom Skeehan discussing the country's copyright rip-offs with moderator Anne-Maree Sargeant of The Snap Assembly, hosted by the Authentic Design Alliance. Coffee, canapés, croissants, chocolate and cocktails add to the day's fun, culminating in the ticketed Wrap Party, from 7pm, at Harry the Hirer's recently unveiled showroom (81-95 Burnley St, Richmond).
ABOVE: One of 2015's collaborations for The Project at Sydney Indesign; expect more installations across town in Melbourne
Finally, look out for The Project, Indesign's regular series of collaborations between design brands, material suppliers and architects, including Cafe Culture + Insitu x Local Designers, and Karndean Designflooring x Daniel Dalla Riva.
Online registration for Indesign is now closed, but you can register for free at participating showrooms on the day. You'll then receive a registration pass, a lanyard and a MID tote bag to stash details of brands you love. View the handbook online, including district maps, or download the interactive app. Then hashtag away, using #MID16, #melbourneindesign and #indesigntheevent. You can also win design goodies along the way.
Can't make Melbourne Indesign? Next up is Singapore Indesign on 8 October 2016 and Wine In Design in Perth also launching in October, with the fair returning to Sydney in 2017. Enjoy!
Melbourne Indesign runs from Friday 12 to Saturday 13 August 2016