Melbourne Design Week 2019 – 6 Must-Sees


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


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…

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.


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.


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.

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.


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!


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.
Melbourne Design Week 2019 runs until Sunday 24 March at venues across the city and Geelong

10 FizzPicks for Denfair Sydney 2018


Contemporary design show Denfair hits Sydney for the first time this week, offering inspiration aplenty for design hunters


Australia's leading contemporary design exhibition Denfair launches its first Sydney edition this week, after successfully establishing the event in Melbourne. Expect more than 50 local and international brands sharing new and bestselling products at Moore Park's Hordern Pavilion, with furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs, bathware, art and outdoor living in the frame. Running from 16 to 18 August, the show welcomes industry designers, architects, stylists and their clients over the first two days, with Saturday open to the public.

Keen design hunters can enjoy free tickets to the public day care of DesignFizz x Denfair by clicking on the following link. Trade visitors can register online, with an awards ceremony on Thursday night (6pm-9pm). Here are 10 of our top tips to whet your appetite...

ABOVE: Anaesthetic's new 'Duomo' light, shown here as a wall sconce or stem wall light. It comes in a range of finishes, from aged brass to powercoated, and in white, matte black, grey or aged brass colours

New Zealand lighting brand Anaesthetic, headed up by Ben and Kiri Wahrlich, engineers and makes its designs in Melbourne. Look out for their curvy new 'Duomo' light, which pairs minimal aesthetics with hand-finished aged brass. Inspired by Italian domed churches, the range includes a wall sconce, stem wall light, pendant light and table lamp, with several eye-catching variations.

ABOVE: Outdoor living brand Tait's 'Trace' sunlounge by Australian designer Adam Goodrum is new for Denfair Sydney; Goodrum's award-winning 2017 'Trace' outdoor furniture collection; Adam Cornish's 'Seam' chair for homes or offices launched at June's Denfair in Melbourne

Australian brand Tait introduces Adam Goodrum's inviting 'Trace' sunlounge, the newest addition to his 'Trace' outdoor furniture collection. Made from airy stainless steel mesh, aluminium, sustainable timber and marbled porcelain, the range features a sofa, armchair, modular combination, coffee tables, drinks trolley and planter. Adam Cornish's award-winning aluminium 'Seam' chair, flaunting a seamed spine, is ideal for compact indoor or alfresco spaces.

ABOVE: Cult celebrates Arne Jacobsen's designs for Copenhagen's SAS Royal Hotel, including his iconic 'Egg' chairs; 'Pot', 'Egg' and 'Swan' chairs by Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen; his reissued 'Pot' chair in a range of colours with a chromed steel base; the 60th anniversary edition of 'Egg', 'Swan' and 'Drop' in a natural palette of Pure leather, Sera wool fabric and 23-karat gold-plated aluminium

Inspired by the Orchid Bar at Copenhagen's SAS Royal Hotel, Australian design firm Cult's Denfair stand celebrates 60 years since the hotel's design and its iconic chairs by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen. On show will be Fritz Hansen's limited-edition 60th anniversary collection including Jacobsen's 'Swan', 'Egg' and 'Drop' chairs, plus his newly reissued 'Pot' chairs. Scandi heaven!

ABOVE: 'New Volumes Collection 01' on show at Artedomus's stand, including furniture, lighting and accessories; Ros Gardam's 'Hemera' desk lamp; high and low 'Hurlysi' side tables by Thomas Coward; and the 'Bacchus' table by Tom Skeehan, all crafted from Elba stone

Quarried from beautiful, natural Elba stone in Greece, the 'New Volumes' collection presented by Sydney's Artedomus showcases simple, sculptural furniture, lighting and accessories designed by some of Australia's hottest talents. We love the Brutalist 'Hemera' desk lamp by Ros Gardam, the sensual 'Hurlysi' side tables by Thomas Coward and the 'Bacchus' coffee table by Tom Skeehan.

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ABOVE: Nood Co's new concrete 'Pill' basins in Australian-inspired colours will brighten up any bathroom

Crafting contemporary concrete furniture and homewares, Nood Co launches curvy new pill-shaped 'Pill' basins at Denfair, available in 10 pastel-pretty colours from blush pink to mint and power blue. The squarer 'Cube' surface-mount wash basin comes in the same hues for bathroom bliss. They're among 15 new Australian-designed and manufactured products by Matt Di Costa.

ABOVE: Pitch Acoustics's sound-absorbent designs, including floor screens and fabric-covered MDF 'Timber' wall panels by Zilenzio; arrange the diamond-shaped components of Zilenzio's 'Fazett' wall-mounted system to suit your space

Need to muffle sound in a stylish way? Sydney-based Pitch Acoustics offers innovative fabric-covered wood 'Timber' wall panelling by Swedish brand Zilenzio, from graphic wall pieces to elegant herringbone patterns, or classic full- or decorative half-wall panels. We also like Zilenzio's 'Fazett' wall-mounted system of diamond-shaped, fabric-covered MDF panels in different colours.

ABOVE: Swedese's 'Button' sofa and 'Spin' stool, both represented at Denfair Sydney by Cube and Circle

Waterloo-based Sydney store Cube and Circle is exclusive Australian distributor for Swedish brand Swedese's covetable contemporary furniture, including Swedish duo Front's 2017-launched 'Button' sofa (which allows you to attach stylish accessories) and 2011's technically complex stackable wooden 'Spin' stool by Staffan Holm. They also represent Scandi brand Cuero Design.

ABOVE: Designer Rugs' range includes the graphic green 'Rift' rug and swirly blue 'Current' rug by Lia Pielli from the in-house 'Transient' collection, and the (wall-mounted) 'Corner Halving' rug by industrial design studio Mr Fräg, hand-tufted in New Zealand wool and bamboo silk

Collaborating with Australian talents, Designer Rugs offers in-house and designer collections for residential and commercial clients, with contemporary rugs made from tactile New Zealand wool. Some are hand-knotted or hand-tufted, others include innovative materials such as gleaming bamboo silk or nettle. We love 'Rift' and 'Current' by Lia Pielli from 2017's 'Transient' collection.

ABOVE: The visually lightweight, rattan 'Wicked' armchair and 'Basket' tables by Alain Gilles for Vincent Sheppard, available in Australia from Cotswold InOut Furniture

For that indoor-outdoor lifestyle, check out Cotswold InOut Furniture, which will be championing pieces such as 2016's rattan and lacquered aluminium 'Wicked' sofa and armchair range by Alain Gilles for Belgian firm Vincent Sheppard, which specialises in Lloyd Loom woven furniture, alongside in-house Cotswold Teak alfresco designs.


ABOVE: The Raconteur's five-strong 'Bondi' scented candle collection, featuring coastal imagery inspired by Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach

For a must-have local accessory, The Raconteur's luxe scented candles take inspiration from Sydney's Bondi, Melbourne, the Red Centre and Hamilton Island. Hand-poured in Sydney from soy wax and free of nasties, they draw on Australian botanicals, such as native Port Jackson fig and coastal banksia in 'Bondi 1' (one of five Bondi candles). Packaging incorporates evocative photos. Denfair sees the release of a debut Tasmanian candle, featuring boronia flower and native pepper.

Denfair is at Hordern Pavilion, 1 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Sydney from 14 to 18 August 2018. Opening hours are Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-7pm (trade days) and Saturday 10am-5pm (public day). DesignFizz followers can get free entry to the public day by using link Children aged under 16 aren't permitted.

LDF 2017 – King's Cross Creative Quarter


Gearing up for London Design Festival 2017? We preview the buzzy King's Cross Creative Quarter, home to major show designjunction and a host of enticing events


Like an excitable octopus, London Design Festival's tentacles wriggle out to all areas of the capital. Running from 16 to 24 September 2017, it's a huge – and hugely inspiring – annual event, but with its growing popularity, comes mushrooming scale. Savvy design hunters need to use their time (and shoe leather) wisely, which is why we recommend a visit to one-stop-style-shop the King's Cross Creative Quarter (KXCQ). This once-industrial north London zone offers not only regenerated canalside architecture, boutiques and restaurants, but also hosts exhibitions and installations for LDF17, including must-see four-day fair designjunction (21-24 September).


designjunction London 2017
A curated edit of established and up-and-coming design talent, designjunction is divided into five distinct show areas in and around Granary Square. Last year's edition attracted more than 27,000 visitors, and 2017 is set to be even bigger, with more than 200 global exhibitors on display and expanded area Cubitt Park joining the party. Expect spectacular lighting, furniture, accessories, technology and futuristic materials, alongside pop-ups, interactive installations and even a chance to do a spot of design shopping at retail zone The Canopy. Fizz-rated brands in the frame include Another CountryDecode, Design House Stockholm, Isokon Plus, and Very Good & Proper.

For inspiration, don't miss #djKX's two-day Talks Programme (21-22 September), launched this year, held at The Office Group in Kings's Cross, designed by Wells Mackereth and Studio Downie Architects (The Stanley Building, 1 Pancras Road). Over 50 speakers at 14 debates and discussions will engage with the pressing issues in design today, under the theme 'Where Design Meets'. Participants include renowned industrial designer Sir Kenneth Grange and trendsetting interior decorators 2 Lovely Gays. Book online; tickets £6 each. You can also enjoy a New London Neighbourhood Tour (23 September, 2-4pm), guided by NLA (New London Architecture), exploring the quarter's fast-moving architectural scene. Book spots for the walk online, £18 each.

TOP: The King's Cross Creative Quarter in North London, including the Victorian Gothic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, will be a key hub for LDF
ABOVE: 'Renault: Life Designed' presents new concept car TreZor at Granary Square as part of designjunction 2017
BELOW: Exhibition 'Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?' at Wellcome Collection presents Tiger, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona


Wellcome Collection: Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
The vital role of graphic design in communicating and championing health care, and empowering users, is examined in this exhibition hosted by free science-focussed museum the Wellcome Collection at nearby 183 Euston Road, NW1 (7 September 2017-14 January 2018).


The Food Religion
Studio Appétit and Conran + Partners collaborate on The Food Religion, exploring culinary rituals and the intersection of food, faith, design and architecture. For a feast of ideas, and a monumental shrine to dining, visit German Gymnasium restaurant at 1 King's Boulevard, the venue for this challenging installation/show.

ABOVE: Conran + Partners x Studio Appétit presents 'The Food Religion'
BELOW FROM TOP: Creative cuisine is yours to command at Dishoom restaurant and German Gymnasium, part of the KXCQ foodie scene


Design-led Dining
Ready to refuel? Alongside pop-up dining experiences at designjunction itself – including street food in Granary Square and an interactive cafe in Cubitt Park – you'll find a posse of design-led restaurants in the burgeoning King's Cross Creative Quarter. Fizz favourites include tiletastic Indian Dishoom, inspired by Bombay's retro Irani cafes and occupying a former railway transit shed, built in 1850; glam grand-scale German Gymnasium, serving Mittel-European treats across two floors with heated terraces; and brunch destinations Caravan, in a Grade 11-listed Victorian grain store, and Australian-born cafe/restaurant Granger & Co. So dig in at King's Cross – where design meets delicious...

designjunction is at 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1 from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017; see website for varying daily opening hours. To register click via the DesignFizz home page; standard tickets are £12 in advance (free for trade professionals) or £15 on the door. 



Sydney Indesign 2017


Sydney Indesign 2017 brings two days of design fun to town, from product launches to happening precincts 


Whether you're in the design industry or simply a passionate design hunter, Sydney Indesign will tempt you out to play. Held every two years, it hits town this Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August, offering '2 Days, 4 Districts, 50 exhibitors, 300+ brands and $50,000 of prizes to be won!' Just register for free at any participating showroom to join in the fun, which includes product launches, special projects, seminars and design store gatherings. Cue bubbles!

For #SID17, the action is focussed on Sydney's growing inner-south design precincts, Alexandria and Waterloo, with a host of design showrooms and studios welcoming visitors across both districts. In Alexandria, look out for LightCo (100 Collins Street) celebrating a new lighting collaboration, and Savage Design (40-42 O'Riordan Street), launching its 'Dave', 'Dale' and 'Rob' ranges of architectural hardware. In Waterloo, Cafe Culture + Insitu's pop-up (1F Danks Street) will showcase the 'Rail' modular office table system by German duo Kaschkasch for Zeitraum.

ABOVE: Vibrant outdoor 'Vega' aluminium wicker chairs and bistro table by Maiori at Obodo, which will showcase new designs at The Venue

Alexandria also features two curated multi-brand group shows. The Venue (55 Doody Street) hosts around 30 select design brands, including furniture, lighting, outdoor living, surface materials and more. Look out for fab modernist-inspired, Minneapolis-born brand Blu Dot, launching its 'Cat's Pajamas' lounge chair, as well as Hong Kong-based designer Sean Dix's four fresh furniture launches for Obodo. Get a taste for Dutch contemporary design at NL Curated, prior to its Surry Hills pop-up this October, or savour Japanese and British talent at Sydney-based SeehoSu's stand, sharing designs by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison for Maruni.

ABOVE: Blu Dot's new ash and bent powder-coated steel 'Cat's Pajamas' lounge chair, featured at The Venue, available in five colour combinations

Discover a dozen more brands at group show B2 Studios (46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria), which features Sydney talent Tom Fereday's work for Dessein, Gavin Harris's new 'Toku' range for Australian furniture-maker Schiavello, plus Melbourne label Didier's latest furniture and local industrial design studio So Watt's freshest creations in Pioneer, the show's dedicated Australian design hub.

Planning a visit? Both design districts and the two multi-brand zones will be open on Friday from noon to 6pm (with various Up Late Events at select venues from 6pm until 10pm), and on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. A free hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus on Saturday will help you move between venues. Check out Sydney Indesign's website for an online handbook and maps, list of timed events, the thought-provoking ticketed seminar series (starring international guest speakers) and 15 collaborative installations under The Project banner (this year's theme is 'Click', exploring instant connectivity). See you out on the design trail...

Design Shanghai 2017


This week's Design Shanghai trade fair showcases emerging Chinese talent alongside international brands 


For such a huge economic powerhouse, it's surprising that China has been relatively low-key when it comes to design talent. Design Shanghai 2017 aims to change all that, showcasing established and emerging Chinese designers alongside major global brands and galleries. Asia's largest annual design fair kicks off this week from 8 to 11 March at Shanghai Exhibition Centre, drawing queues of excited design hunters.

More than 300 exhibitors are on show across five halls, exploring how western and eastern design philosophies can work in synergy: Contemporary; Classic and Luxury; Collectibles; Kitchen & Bathroom; and Workplace. Prestigious international brands, such as Europe's Minotti, Roche Bobois, Hay, Magis and Moroso, are here, sharing their latest launches and keen to penetrate the lucrative Chinese market.

TOP: 'Milà' plastic chair by Jaime Hayón for Italian brand Magis, one of the A-List European brands on show at Design Shanghai's Contemporary hall. We love the Sino red!
ABOVE: Chinese Contemporary designs include Fnji's handmade wooden furniture; Frank Chou Design Studio's 'Suit' lounge chair and stool; and Haostyle's Ming-inspired 'The Dragon Chair' by Wen Hao

Perhaps more intriguing for overseas visitors are the less well known Chinese names in the frame, making up an increasing proportion of the fair. Local stands in the Contemporary hall include Beijing's Frank Chou Design Studio, showing clean-lined, graphic seating, Fnji Furniture's simple handmade wooden works, EY-Products alluring accessories, Suyab Design's nature-inspired modern wood pieces, ALiTLE's sleek chairs, Haostyle's Sino-luxe collection, 8hourdesign's eye-catching side tables and Yuso's playful seating.

ABOVE: Mumoon's 'Glob' pendant lamps by Phillip Ding and X+Q Art's sculpture 'The Grandmaster' by Qu Guangci are also on show in the Contemporary hall

For evocative lighting, check out Mumoon's covetable modern collection and Xin Yaoyao's paper pendant lights. You'll find witty Sino-motif objects at  X+Q Art.

Look out for special installations, such as the new China Design Trends Gallery, in which local consultants Yang Design will forecast four future design trends (strategy director Xiaojing Huang will also release a trend report). Re-Design Shanghai is a collaboration between design mag IDEAT and architect Shuhei Oyama to create a futuristic vision of Shanghai's cityscape, fusing traditional and modern elements. The IDEAT Future Award, focussed on influential designs, will also be announced on 8 March. Plug & Hug's interactive globe lights glow brighter the more they're hugged.

Don't miss the debut Emerging Chinese Designer Platform, curated with interiors magazine AD China, which will feature 10 up-and-coming design talents inspired by the theme 'New China Vision'. Expect undulating furniture by Qiaolin Gong and Weijia Wang, industrial-chic chairs and tables by Wenqiang Li, beautiful bronze works by Daishi Luo, minimal blue pots by Qingtong Qian, and sculptural accessories by Xiang Chen and Weijie Huang.

More than 30 speakers will be at the fair's core Forum, including international design talents Benjamin Hubert, Paul Cocksedge, Peter Ting, Bethan Laura Wood and Karim Rashid. Regional names to note include Hong Kong's André Fu and Jesse McLin and Julie Proglin of ceramics duo Latitude 22N. The theme is 'global design, global craft, global manufacturing'.

ABOVE: Highlights from DS in the City's Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi off-site zone include installations 'Dragon Tree' by Media 10; 'Biofore Tea House' by UPM; 'Mesh' public bench by Zhoujie Zhang; 'Moon Birdy' outdoor lights by Pascal Bosetti; 'Malleus Time-Out' prints by Arnd; and exhibition 'New Eastern Making'

Extending its tentacles across town, Design Shanghai in the City includes interesting off-site activities. The main event is Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi (6-19 March), examining the city of the future, with 18 interactive spaces and installations by local and international designers and artists. Highlights include Media 10's 3D projection-mapped 'Dragon Tree' and recycling/deconstruction group exhibition 'New Eastern Making'. You can catch a design tour (daily 1pm-9pm, 8-11 March) taking in Shanghai's best design showrooms, galleries and architecture, between the fairground and Xintiandi zone. Stops include global stores House of Tai Ping, Roca, Leicht, Hay, Minotti and Senab, as well as Nordic-influenced Chinese decor from W+S. Fashion and art have already captured China's imagination, now it's design's turn to shine...

Design Shanghai 2017 is at Shanghai Exhibition Centre, No. 1000 Yan'an Mid Road, Jing'an, from 8 to 11 March 2017. Open Wednesday 10am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm (last entry one hour before closing time). Tickets are RMB 175 in advance or RMB 270 on the door, including optional showguide (RMB 50)

ABOVE: The House of Tai Ping will launch its 'Blur' rug collection at Design Shanghai, inspired by vintage photography, alongside a range by Hong Kong talent André Fu