Melbourne Design Week 2019 – 6 Must-Sees

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This year’s Melbourne Design Week offers a thought-provoking mix of exhibitions, talks and tours. Take a peek…

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

2019’s Melbourne Design Week features more than 200 exhibitions, talks, tours, films and workshops, with events across town and in neighbouring city Geelong. Running from 14 to 24 March, Melbourne’s largest festival programme to date celebrates both local and international talent, with the core theme of ‘Design Experiments’ – asking how design can shape the future. A mix of ticketed and free activities embrace diverse challenges from the environment to social issues and materials. This year’s festival wraps up on Sunday, but many of the inspiring shows continue beyond the weekend. Here are six of our top FizzPicks…

‘SOMEWHERE OTHER’: JOHN WARDLE ARCHITECTS
Ground Level/Foyer, NGV Australia, Federation Square
Until 28 July (10am-5pm, free)

Visitors are invited to peek through five portals within timber and steel structure ‘Somewhere Other’, a compact, interactive experience by Melbourne practice John Wardle Architects. At NGV Australia until late July, this intriguing installation was first shown as part of 2018’s 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale (pictured, top and above). Each of the wooden volumes, voids and apertures in its interconnected series frames views of the studio’s projects, the Australian landscape or the craft of collaborators including artist Natasha Johns-Messenger and filmmakers Coco and Maximilian.

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‘NEW VOLUMES BY ARTEDOMUS’: AN INSTALLATION BY FIONA LYNCH AND THOMAS COWARD
TDF Gallery, 14 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood
Until 24 March (11am-5pm, free)

We’re big fans of Artedomus’s ‘New Volumes’ collection, which showcases solid marble homewares by eight Australian designers. This Collingwood exhibition, curated by interior designer Fiona Lynch and designer Thomas Coward, represents the range in an installation that follows the journey of this sculptural material from the ‘ground to the house’, contrasted with a series of chunky marble plinths.

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‘MATERIAL THOUGHT’
Modern Times, 311 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Until 24 March (see link for times, free)

Presented by Fitzroy interiors store Modern Times, group exhibition ‘Material Thought’ explores material through the work of innovative Australian designers. On show are furniture, lighting and objects by nine top talents, including Henry Wilson (‘Stone Surface Sconce’, in Calacatta Marble, above), Coco Flip and Christopher Boots, all illuminating themes of design experimentation and sustainability.

’CLEMENT MEADMORE: THE ART OF MID-CENTURY DESIGN’
Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Swanston Street
Until 24 March (see link for times, free)

Fans of modernism will enjoy exhibition ‘Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design’, a homage to the acclaimed Australian talent. The first major survey of Meadmore’s industrial design practice, it explores the inspirations that shaped the renowned sculptor’s early career as a designer. Part of a new wave of Australian design in the Fifties and Sixties, Meadmore championed streamlined forms, fresh materials and new manufacturing processes. His furniture and lighting appeared in the houses of iconic architect Robin Boyd, with well known designs such as his 1951 corded dining chair on view at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

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‘WELCOME TO WASTELAND’
Compound Interest, 15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood
Until 24 March (11am-5pm, free)

Presented by Friends & Associates, ‘Welcome to Wasteland’ shares the work of cutting-edge local talents involved with sustainable design. Featuring architects, industrial designers, furniture makers and researchers, the show explores the potential of waste materials recycled into fresh, eco-friendly products. Typically innovative is Vert Design’s ‘HuskeeCup’ made from coffee husk waste, their collaboration with Spark & Burnish to craft ‘Marine Debris Bakelite Door Knobs’, and Maddison Ryder’s use of discarded Iceberg lettuce to form ‘Lettuce Eat’ disposable plates. Other materials in the mix include waste glass, ceramic, plastic, oyster shells, rubber bands, paper pulp, denim jeans, pigs’ blood and even golf balls!

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WORK SHOP: FIONA LYNCH
7 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood
Until 24 March (see link for times, free)

A curatorial showcase of experimental design, fine art and objects, interior designer Fiona Lynch’s new permanent gallery Work Shop aims to celebrate work by Australian and international designers and artists, as well as doubling as a testing ground for her own studio’s practice. For Melbourne Design Week, the debut show curates a selection of pieces examining the tension between resolved and incomplete elements, including ceramics by Olivia Walker (black porcelain collapsed vessel, above), burnt wood bowls by Makiko Ryujin, paintings by Jiaxin Nong and lighting design by Mary Wallis.

www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbourne-design-week
Melbourne Design Week 2019 runs until Sunday 24 March at venues across the city and Geelong

Rigg Design Prize 2018

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2018’s inspiring Rigg Design Prize celebrates 10 of the best Australian interior design practices

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Interiors gets their hour in the sun at the 2018 Rigg Design Prize exhibition at Melbourne’s NGV Australia, which runs until 24 February 2019. Celebrating different contemporary design disciplines, the triennial prize focused on interior design and decoration for the first time in 2018, shortlisting 10 leading Australian practices. Each was tasked with creating a bespoke, purpose-built room in the gallery, responding to the theme of ‘Domestic Living’. The results are inspiring, suggesting fresh ways of inhabiting our homes, new trends and creative solutions to modern pressures. Even if you can’t get to Melbourne, check out our round up the 10 designs below…

HECKER GUTHRIE
Melbourne design practice Hecker Guthrie (aka Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie) bagged the AU$30,000 triennial prize for their graphic yet tactile installation ‘The table is the base’ (above). Riffing on the idea of the humble table, and its charismatic central role in domestic living spaces, the custom-made room plays with clean lines, form and scale. It explores the table as surface, support and enclosure. Judge Shashi Caan said, ‘Using only two elements – the simple form of the ‘Parsons’ table and terracotta as material – the project demonstrates the power of design restraint and curiosity at play.’


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MARTYN THOMPSON STUDIO
New York-based Australian photographer and designer Martyn Thompson’s space celebrates the ‘Atelier’, channelling the modern blurring of work and home life as an opportunity for creative expression. Bathed in light and shadow, his moody space features many of his own designs – including upholstery textiles, rugs, ottomans, wall treatments, ceramics, art and photos shown alongside collaborative, vintage, found and hand-crafted pieces. Even Thompson’s records, shoes and fleamarket finds make the cut. Clothes are hung like artworks and ambient music generates emotion. Flexible and ever-evolving, this is the home as heartland, layered, textural and deeply personal.


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DANIELLE BRUSTMAN
Like a chic spaceship or cool club, Danielle Brustman’s installation ‘Inner-Terior’ is somewhere we’d like to hang out. It helps that it stars a contemporary update of a cocooning, conversation pit and a futuristic record player (shown above right). A set designer before founding her Melbourne studio, Brustman drew on theatrical aesthetics for this curvy white space, edged with vibrant colour, glossy metallics and eye-catching illuminations. A lounge room that borrows from stage and spectacle, it takes its cues from Art Deco bandshells, European retro-futurist designs from the 60s, 80s movie Xanadu, rollerskating rinks and amusement rides. We reckon it’s 2001: A Space Odyssey gone domestic.


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THE SOCIETY INC BY SIBELLA COURT
Stylist and author Sibella Court, of Sydney interiors store The Society Inc, has always had a love affair with global curios, vintage finds, old tools, pirates and gypsies. For her Rigg Prize entry, dubbed the ‘Imaginarium’, she envisaged a space to ‘wonder, imagine, interact, research and create’. An entire home distilled into a single room, it feels darkly magical, with a rich mix of materials from pressed metal to wood and fabric. Layers of textures and colours, old and new, and real and imagined offer a modern take on a 16th-century ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The space celebrates craft, with displayed objects, including a striking feature wall, acting as a catalyst for memory and imagination. From an alchemy workshop to a ship’s crow’s nest, a bar, dress-up cupboard and pot-belly stove, it’s a mini world of wonders.


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RICHARDS STANISICH
Texture rules in the mesmerising tone-on-tone sculptural installation crafted by Richards Stanisich, titled ‘Our natural needs in a digital world’. The Sydney practice, established in 2018 by former SJB talents Jonathan Richards and Kirsten Stanisich, addresses our fundamental need for shelter, sanctuary, hygiene and intimacy and how it has been transformed by integrated technology and the Internet of Things. A central ochre living, sleeping and kitchen space champions the handmade, simple and earthy, with natural fabrics, ceramics and tiles. By contrast, it’s surrounded by black gloss tiles edged with blue light, representing the digital realm.


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FLACK STUDIO
Melbourne interior architecture firm Flack Studio has a way with vibrant colour, bold pattern and unexpected details, as seen in their striking portfolio of residential spaces, cafes, restaurants and boutiques. For the Rigg Prize, David Flack and his team ‘Flackify’ their living/dining space with saturated gold hues, luxe textures and quirky art and ornaments. ‘We’ve boundless plains to share’ references diversity and inclusion, creating an emotionally charged room for a golden age in Australia, encouraging collaboration and community.


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ARENT&PYKE
Elegance and beauty are at the heart of ‘Home: feast, bathe, rest’ by Sydney interior design studio Arent&Pyke (Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke). The smartly zoned space combines areas for dining, washing and retreating, offering ideas for respite and emotional and physical wellbeing in a stressful world. Each area includes a contemporary Australian artwork and a bespoke piece of furniture, blending inspiring design-art with comforting, restorative simplicity.


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AMBER ROAD
Sydney interior design and landscape practice Amber Road’s seductive space ‘Take it outside’ is full of burnt colours, floaty textiles and dreamy desert and starlit views, centred around an inviting lounger. It celebrates the verandah or porch as a key transitional zone for relaxing and chatting together, especially in Australian homes. Principal designers and sisters Yasmine Ghoniem and Katy Svalbe spent time in the Middle East, as well as on their family farms in Australia, capturing this heritage in a beautifully crafted indoor-outdoor room.


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DAVID HICKS
Have homes become inner sanctums, fortresses or vessels for consumerist ideals? Melbourne- and LA-based David Hicks studio presents ‘Panic room’, combining Hicks’ trademark eye for luxe detail with lighting strung on chunky chains and threatening screens. It’s a slick satire on our panicked, media-saturated times, suggesting a life on stage, voyeuristic and yet paranoid about threats from outside. Has the aspirational ideal of a perfect life morphed into homes as psychological retreats and cocoons for self-protection?


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SCOTT WESTON ARCHITECTURE DESIGN
A sequence of six rooms forms ‘Wunderkammer’, an installation by Sydney-based Scott Weston Architecture Design which takes its cue from the renovation of Weston’s own Victorian Italianate terrace house, Villa Carmelina. Each contains a cabinet, or wunderkammer, featuring prized ‘jewels’, miniature artworks by favourite makers. An abstract representation of the house, it makes use of monochrome dioramas with coloured highlights and wallpaper vignettes or ornaments and collectibles.

Catch the Rigg Design Prize 2018 at Level 3, NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne until Sunday 24 February 2019 (10am-5pm) or see the gallery’s website for a virtual tour and online interviews with the designers

Five Must-Sees at Melbourne's NGV

In the mood for a culture hit? We share five FizzPicks from Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria, including fashion, architecture and art...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has a flock of fascinating shows and installations on this season, from radical fashion to architecture, design and art. We share five of the best current must-sees below. For future diary dates, make plans to catch US photography exhibition 'William Eggleston Portraits' (17 March-18 June 2017) and major draw 'The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture' (27 August-7 November 2017).
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ABOVE: Australian Islamic Centre, Newport, Melbourne, by Glenn Murcutt


VIKTOR&ROLF: Fashion Artists
Until 26 February 2017
Radical Dutch fashion duo Viktor&Rolf's surreal creations get their first Australian airing in 'Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists'. Exploring their love affair with wearable art, the exhibition includes more than 40 haute couture and ready-to-wear looks, many verging on the sculptural with 3D details. Dollphobics look away, as there are also 21 handmade Belgian dolls sporting ensembles. A video gallery of runway footage brings the pair's performance-art-inspired catwalk shows to life. Children will love separate interactive installation 'Atelier: Viktor&Rolf For Kids'.

ABOVE: Chromogenic print Heather Marks by David LaChapelle, 'The House at the End of the World', 2015, featuring Viktor&Rolf 'Bedtime Story RTW collection A/W 2005, published in Vogue Italia, October 2015; Viktor&Rolf 'Wearable Art' haute couture collection, A/W 2015-16


GLEN MURCUTT: Architecture of Faith
Until 19 February 2017
Known for his environmentally conscious, locally sensitive designs, Glenn Murcutt turned 80 recently, but this hugely influential Australian architect is still making waves. NGV exhibition 'Glenn Murcutt: Architecture of Faith' delves into one of his most inspiring recent projects, the new Australian Islamic Centre at Newport, Melbourne, created with practice Elevli Plus. Defining a new language for contemporary Australian Islam, the building respects traditional mosque architecture while bravely pushing the boundaries in terms of geometry, colour and materials.

ABOVE: Australian Islamic Centre, detail of minaret wall; Elevated roof detail showing lantern layout, Australian Islamic Centre, Newport, 2016, designed by Glenn Murcutt AO in collaboration with Elevli Plus


2016 NGV ARCHITECTURE COMMISSION: M@Studio Architects
Until April 2017
We told you pink was trending! This playful pink reimagining of a suburban car wash has taken over the NGV's Grollo Equiset Garden. The 2016 NGV Architecture Commission, it was designed by local M@Studio Architects and modelled on the dimensions of a real car wash. Made of lightweight steel with cricket-netting walls and a translucent polycarbonate roof, it sports five bays of hot pink AstroTurf with rubberised humps and road markings. Illuminated at night with a sparkly 'car wash' sign, it hosts talks, live music and events, with two lanes diffusing cooling mist.

ABOVE: 'Haven't you always wanted...?', M@Studio Architects car wash installation for the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission


JEPPE HEIN: Semicircular Space
Until 26 February 2017

A disorientating maze of reflective stainless steel, 'Semicircular Space' by Danish-born, Berlin-based contemporary artist Jeppe Hein is a striking, immersive installation in NGV International's central Federation Court. Shaped like a sinuous nautilus, it's proving an Instagram favourite.

ABOVE: Installation view of Jeppe Hein's 'Semicircular Space', 2016


JOHN OLSEN: The You Beaut Country
Until 12 February 2017
Major Australian art exhibition 'John Olsen: The You Beaut Country' celebrates one of the country's greatest living artists, aged 88, known for his wonderful ways with colour, fluid form and grand scale. Featuring Olsen's 'You beauty country' series begun in the 1960s and inspired by Australian landscape and nature, as well as more recent prints, paintings and watercolours (including some representing Lake Eyre's return from drought), it's pure palette pleasure.

ABOVE: 'Seafood paella' oil on plywood, 2007, John Olsen, private collection


The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is at Federation Square; nearby NGV International is at 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne; see website for locations of specific shows

Photos: Viktor&Rolf (David LaChapelle; Team Peter Stigter); Glenn Murcutt (Tobias Titz), copyright held by G. Murcutt on all mosque drawings and designs; NGV Architecture Commission (Peter Bennetts); Jeppe Hein (Courtesy König Galerie, Berlin, Nicholai Wallner Gallery, Copenhagen, and 303 Gallery, New York; John Olsen (Administered by Viscopy, Sydney)

Melbourne Indesign 2016

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

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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.

Richmond
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

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, ChristelHDidier, 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.
 

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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 StokesRoss 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

The Project
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.

Registration
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.

Future fairs
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!
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Melbourne Indesign runs from Friday 12 to Saturday 13 August 2016

Rigg Design Prize

Catch the last weekend of the Rigg Design Prize at Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria for an exciting survey of Australian talent...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Ghostly houses, pandanus-leaf pendant lamps and futuristic loungers… Australian contemporary design is celebrated in all its creative diversity at the Rigg Design Prize 2015, which sees furniture, lighting, accessories and installations on display at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria.

The triennial prize is Australia’s most prestigious gong for contemporary furniture and objects, with AU$30,000 awarded to an outstanding Australian design practitioner. Established in 1994, the invitational showcase is now curated by the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, which looked for original, independent and current work. 2015’s winner, Adam Goodrum, was chosen by international judges Gijs Bakker (co-founder of Amsterdam’s Droog Design) and Wava Carpenter (a former Design Miami curator).

This weekend is your last chance to catch the show, which features seven design talents each populating their own zone with purpose-built installations, new and existing works. Proof that the Australian design scene is kicking goals…

Adam Goodrum
We first came across Sydney designer Adam Goodrum when his multi-coloured folding aluminium ‘Stitch’ chair for Italian megabrand Cappellini wowed 2008’s Milan Furniture Fair. Now he’s bagged 2015's Rigg Design Prize for his ethereal installation ‘Unfolding’, three miniature houses formed from transparent acrylic sheets with pastel-rainbow hues. They explore his fascination with 2D designs that morph to 3D, casting dreamy reflections. ‘I see the house as an expression of my career,’ says Goodrum, starting flatpacked but unfolding from experimental planes to an evolved form. An industrial design lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, Goodrum has also created standout furniture for Australian stores Tait (the sporty outdoor ‘Volley’ chairs) and Cult, as well as accessories for Normann Copenhagen and bespoke tables and benches for Canberra's Hotel Hotel. 

Daniel Emma
We’re huge fans of Adelaide design duo Daniel Emma, aka partners Daniel To and Emma Aiston. They create ‘the unexpected from simple objects using simple forms’, drawing on sculptural shapes, quirky colours and a playful sense of fun. 'It’s our version of existing geometric forms. It’s almost normal, but not quite normal.’ Industrial design graduates from the University of South Australia, both honed their skills at witty UK design store Thorsten van Elten. Their graphic room set at the Rigg Prize feels Memphis yet minimal, housing vibrant pieces such as their ‘Pick ‘N’ Mix’ table and bench for Tait and smile-inducing ‘Mish Mash’ chair and ‘Cherry on the Bottom’ light. Daniel Emma’s own-line ‘D.E’ desk accessories are home office heaven; their ‘Marble’ watch for Melbourne’s AÃRK Collective is equally covetable. 

Brodie Neill
We’d give Brodie Neill a straight A for his ‘Alpha’ chair, a solid wood, stackable A-shaped seat which drew admiring glances at 2015’s Milan Furniture Fair. It was first exhibited by Made in Ratio, the East London-based label founded by Neill in 2013. The University of Tasmania furniture design graduate is known for combining traditional craft and digitally produced designs in startling forms. Neill says, ‘I’m adopting processes that are more accustomed to the field of architecture, and physical processes more familiar to sculpture.’ Also on display in Melbourne is his star-shaped, slimline ‘Supernova’ table cast from recycled aluminium, his organic ‘Cowrie’ rocker in natural ash, clover-inspired LED pendant lights and limited edition chaise longues.

Korban/Flaubert
Is it sculpture or is it design? It's tricky to define Korban/Flaubert’s work, but this Sydney-based duo’s creations definitely turn heads. Australian metalsmith Janos Korban and UK-born architect Stephanie Flaubert bring a hybrid art-design approach to their Rigg display, which includes chairs, a sculpture/bench and a screen. Materials such as steel and aluminium are their inspiration, with the pair combining Korban’s metalworking skills and Flaubert’s conceptual model-making in abstract yet functional forms. 'We like getting down to the work’s emotional impact,' says Flaubert, 'what it does to your perception, the sense of your own position in space.’

Koskela and Elcho Island Arts
Sydney design store Koskela is known for its Australian-designed and -made, sustainable furniture and products. Here, partners Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky have collaborated with the indigenous weavers of Elcho Island Arts, based north of Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory, on a bold collection of pendant lights and high-backed wooden chairs featuring pandanus leaf weaving. The project provides economic benefits for the local women, and helps preserve traditional craft techniques. ‘It’s more than a beautiful object, it is embedded cultural storetelling,’ says Titchkosky.

Kate Rohde
Imagine being invited to the Mad Hatter’s tea party – and Salvador Dali had done the styling! Colours and forms are surreal, theatrical and extreme in designer-maker Kate Rohde's synthetic Wunderkammer, a dining room set created for the exhibition featuring a table and chairs, tableware and wallpaper. The magical, zoomorphic installation mixes taxidermy with powerful prints, and rainbow-bright cast resin vessels with animal pelts. Rohde graduated from Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, taking an extravagant art sensibility into her sculpture, jewellery and design projects, including textile collaborations with Sydney fashion duo Romance Was Born. Her installation will also go on show at the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art until 15 May 2016.

Khai Liew
Born in Malaysia, Khai Liew arrived in Australia in 1971, and now crafts limited edition and one-off designs in his Adelaide studio. Having worked as a conservator and curator of Australian colonial furniture, Liew borrows from heritage techniques to create his sleek, timeless wooden furniture, combining beauty and utility. Here he's showing pale oak and maple tables, chairs and a wardrobe that feel traditional yet modern, featuring tactile details, cross-cultural references and subtly surprising shapes. ‘Beauty comes from taking something to its purest form,’ says Liew.

The Rigg Design Prize 2015 runs until Sunday 7 February 2016 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Entry is free; open 10am-5pm daily.

Photos: Brooke Holm