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

LDF 2017 – 6 FizzPicks for designjunction

Six must-sees at designjunction, taking over King's Cross Creative Quarter this week for London Design Festival 

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Designjunction 2017 is up and running, with a myriad of contemporary furniture, design and lighting brands strutting their stuff as part of the London Design Festival until this Sunday 24 September. We've already shared our guides to the wider King's Cross Creative Quarter and previewed designjunction's show areas, as well as highlighting Welsh talent Bethan Gray's fantastic new launches for #djKX at Cubitt House (stand A7). Below are six more FizzPicks to help you navigate this year's fair...


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TOP: This year's Designjunction will showcase product launches by Another Country, Bethan Gray and Very Good & Proper (on stands A1, A7 and A15 respectively at Cubitt House)
ABOVE: Danish furniture firm Fredericia's impressive collection includes 'The Spanish Chair' in oak and leather, designed in 1958 by iconic Dane Børge Mogensen 

Fredericia
Cubitt House (A13)
Showcasing a century of craftsmanship, Danish brand Fredericia will be launching high-quality furniture ranges, including the 'Acme' and 'Verve' chair series by duo Geckeler Michels, and its eye-catching 'Barbry' collection of occasional tables and stools by Aurélien Barbry. The family-owned brand, founded in 1911, commissions contemporary pieces from a pool of international talent, as well as representing the mid-century modern work of iconic Danish designers including Børge Mogensen, drawing on tactile woods and sculptural shapes.


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ABOVE: Marset's friendly, portable 'Bicoca' light features a tilting shade, and comes in off-white, pale pink, red wine, yellow, light blue and anthracite

Marset
Cubitt House (B11)
Family-run Spanish lighting brand Marset will be flaunting its latest innovative contemporary designs, including colourful, light-weight task light 'Bicoca' by Christophe Mathieu, launched in 2017. Made of polycarbonate in a range of quirky hues, it features a sleek geometric shape and tiltable shade. Three additional accessories allow you to fix it to walls, attach it to chair armrests, sofa backs and headboards, or secure it to a table, making 'Bicoca' your portable pal.


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ABOVE: Covetable Daniel Emma designs will be on sale in The Canopy, such as the curvy 'Anna' vase, polished brass 'Hex' paperweight, 'Field x Daniel Emma' bookends, and perky pink 'Soft Chair'

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The Canopy (63)

Swing by shopping zone The Canopy to snap up buyable designs by Daniel Emma, an Adelaide duo known for graphic shapes, popping colours, and quirky wit. The couple (aka Daniel To and Emma Aiston) founded their studio in 2008 and are passionate about industrial design, having created accessories, lighting, seating and outdoor furniture, with both in-house collections and collaborations with respected brands.


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ABOVE: Limited edition, experimental 'Splatware' ceramics, including colourful plates and cups, by the UK's Granby Workshop and Assemble, funded and released via Kickstarter

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The Canopy (50)
A growing force within the world of design, Kickstarter has become one of the key ways new talents can fundraise to bring creative projects to life. For designjunction 2017, they'll be teaming up with Liverpool-based Granby Workshop (which makes architectural ceramics) and Assemble (a Turner Prize-winning design collective), who will showcase their latest product range 'Splatware' in The Canopy in an immersive cafe. Enjoy snacks and drinks on the quirky plates and cups, crafted by combining different coloured clay in a massive 60-tonne industrial press. The multi-coloured, ceramic tableware will be available exclusively via Granby Workshop's Kickstarter campaign. You'll spy more Kickstarter designers around designjunction, as well as elsewhere across the wider London Design Festival.


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ABOVE: Expect to see intriguing new work by Middle Eastern designers at the contemporary Dubai Design District (d3) space in Granary Square

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Granary Square (G6)

Showcasing 18 emerging designers and artists, Dubai Design District's 'Middle East: Design Now!' exhibition is its designjunction debut, shining a light on a region underrepresented on the world scene. Curated by Suzanne Trocmé, highlights include Ghassan Salameh's multi-legged, arthropod 'Memory' lamp' and Aljoud Lootah's marble 'Unfolding Unity Stool'. Expect fresh aesthetics, materials and directions beyond the clichéd bling within d3's ultra-modern pod in Granary Square, with talent on display from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.


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ABOVE: Skandium's two Danish brands on display at designjunction's Cubitt Park include established furniture firm Skagerak

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Cubitt Park (P4)
The ever-fabulous Skandium, London's premium purveyor of all things Scandi, will be sharing new accessories by established ceramics brand Kähler, as well as fresh furniture collections by Skagerak, drawing on traditional materials and craftsmanship. Both brands are Danish, and perfect for creating a hygge home. You can also see Skagerak's covetable outdoor furniture in the garden of the Skandium Townhouse (31 Thurloe Place, South Kensington), a new four-storey retail space christened with an in-store installation by designers GamFratesi for Danish lighting stalwart Louis Poulsen (until Sunday 24 September).
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Designjunction is at 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1 until Sunday 24 September 2017; see our home page for ticket registration or click here for more visitor details

LDF 2017 – Why designjunction should be in your diary this September

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Must-see show designjunction in the King's Cross Creative Quarter should be a definite date in your London Design Festival diary

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

One of our top picks for this year's London Design Festival, influential show designjunction (21-24 September 2017) offers a curated edit of up-and-coming and established design talent in north London's King's Cross Creative Quarter. Discover more than 200 exhibitors, including top global furniture, lighting and accessory brands, across five industrial spaces at key hub Granary Square, also home to pop-up shops and intriguing installations. Here's how to navigate #djKX's five show areas, plus a few tips for tipples afterwards!

ABOVE: At the core of 2017's designjunction, Granary Square's Gateways installation by Adam Nathaniel Furman celebrates Turkish tiles


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ABOVE: Flower power is the go at bloomon's floral walkway at Granary Square

Granary Square
At the heart of designjunction, Granary Square hosts the event's Box Office, housed in three glass pavilions by Remote Possibilities. Book or collect tickets here, or find out the skinny on the show. This central location is also home to flagship projects and installations. 

Your camera will thank you for starting at Gateways, by designer Adam Nathaniel Furman for Turkishceramics, which celebrates Turkey's love affair with artisanal tiles. Four tiled, four-metre-high gates – dubbed Classic, Timber, Retro and Metro – will immerse you in colour and pattern, proof of the enduring appeal of ceramics.


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ABOVE: Renault – Life Designed unveils new concept car TreZor

Cutting-edge car design is the star at bespoke interactive showcase Renault – Life Designed, which sees the French firm's award-bagging new concept car TreZor unveiled for the first time in the UK under the theme 'Beautiful Life', alongside a collaborative exhibition with Central Saint Martins MA industrial design students sharing ideas for the modular car of the future.

For pastel-hued flower power, check out bloomon's whimsical bloom-decked passage incorporating a secret door to a flower-filled room for intimate workshops and talks. Crafted by the floral delivery service – which sources stock direct from Dutch fields – it should inspire outdoor living ideas, as well as looking a treat on Instagram.


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Cubitt House & Cubitt Park
A stellar line-up of international design brands beckons at Granary Square's Cubitt House, displayed within a customised temporary structure, including furniture, lighting and accessories. Be sure to scope out Another Country, Bethan Gray and Deadgood. On the ground-floor you'll find popular show lightjunction, an illuminating mix of decorative lighting and emerging design labels. On the top floor, contract and residential brands present their latest products, especially interesting for trade and industry visitors. Cubitt Park is a new zone for 2017, combining emerging designers, luxury homewares and The Material Collective, a collaboration with SCIN gallery, investigating forward-looking materials.

ABOVE: Inspired by a mutual love of pattern, Kirkby Design x Eley Kishimoto recently presented 11 new wallcoverings to complement their upholstery fabrics, drawing on textural flocks, metallic prints and reflective surfaces. They've teamed up again in new area Cubitt Park to create VIP and press area The Lounge, host to several exhibitions and events


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The Canopy
Hot to shop? Temporary pop-up The Canopy in Granary Square brings together more than 70 desirable retail brands and emerging design labels under one striking wrought-iron structure, including homewares, stationery, tech goods, ceramics, glassware, textiles, architectural prints and fashion accessories. Look out for Fizz faves Adelaide furniture and product designers D.E (Daniel Emma), accessories brand &Ratio, and print duo Tom Pigeon.

ABOVE: designjunction's retail shopping zone The Canopy


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The Crossing
Expect installations by the likes of Kirkby Design, surface material maker Corian and OLED lighting specialists Blackbody at The Crossing, a five-storey zone which runs through Granary Building and the entry to Central Saint Martins, joining Cubitt House and The Canopy. This is also where you can spy new and graduate talent at the Rado Star Prize UK, launched for the first time and backed by the design-led Swiss watch brand.

ABOVE: French studios Blackbody and Haviland's bespoke contemporary chandelier cluster, 'Helen, Light & Porcelain', illuminates The Crossing area

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ABOVE FROM TOP: Lighting designer Tala will host a pop-up bar in Granary Square in a vintage car; Campari Creates takes to the water with a red-hued narrowboat bar

Creative cocktails
Worked up a thirst? Channel the spirit of Milan's Navigli canals at Campari Creates, a narrowboat bar dedicated to the iconic red aperitif. An art installation will accompany its two-week residency, alongside creative masterclasses. At Granary Square's Tala Mini Bar, high-end LED lighting bulb designer Tala will take over a refurbished vintage Mini Cooper as an impromptu bar, pouring white ports and tonics. The forest-inspired canopy, formed from 'Voronoi' bulbs, will look especially dazzling after a couple of cocktails...
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designjunction London 2017 is at 1 Granary Square, London N1, from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017. For an advance ticket deal see our home page or click here for registration, opening hours and visitor information. Tickets are £12 in advance (free for trade), or £15 on the door.

Sydney Indesign 2017

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

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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...
indesigntheevent.com/sydney

Melbourne Design Week 2017

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5 Top Tips for Melbourne Design Week

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

'What does design value, and how do we value design?' The inaugural Melbourne Design Week, running until 26 March 2017, tackles this topical question, with more than 100 citywide exhibitions, launches, workshops, tours and talks showcasing local and international talent. The first of four planned annual design weeks for the city, the 10-day festival is an initiative of the Victorian government curated by the National Gallery of Victoria, spanning iconic chairs, high-density apartments and indigenous design. Here are my five top FizzPicks...

ABOVE: Collingwood's 'Watchmaker' exhibition space, including surreal mirrored installations by Folk Architects, for Melbourne Design Week

CREATING THE CONTEMPORARY CHAIR

NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Until Sunday 26 March
Discover 35 inspiring seats at 'Creating the Contemporary Chair', spanning from 1980 to 2016, including designs by major names Tord Boontje, Konstantin Grcic and Patricia Urquiola. All recent NGV acquisitions, they include a stool coated in volcanic rock and a suspended chair resembling a killer whale.

ABOVE: Installation view of 'Creating the Contemporary Chair', The Gordon Moffatt Gift, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, including Jacopo Foggini's LED-lit 'Alice' armchair for Edra


WATCHMAKER


Piccolina Gelateria, 296 Smith Street, Collingwood
Until Sunday 26 March

A derelict historic Collingwood watchmaker's shop gets a minimal mirrored makeover by local studio Folk Architects in pop-up satellite space 'Watchmaker', which hosts six shows. Friends & Associates invites 26 Australian designers – including Tomek Archer, Tom Fereday and Ross Gardam – to reconfigure replicas of Jasper Morrison's oft-copied 'Hal' chair for Vitra in '26 Original Fakes', celebrating authenticity in a murky world of fakes. Hub Furniture's Jaci Foti-Lowe curates 'The Found Object', sharing inspirational pieces collected by Melbourne creatives.

In 'Undervalued' Australian designer Nick Rennie champions beautiful, useful designs costing up to $2, £2 or ¥2. Egg forms are explored in 'Ovoid', fine-art photos shot by Nick Horan. Interactive installation 'Apparatus 4' by 227768c is animated by an algorithm which causes its inflatable surface to undulate. Short film 'Untitled (with Gelato)', by Coco and Maximilian, looks at the design arc of relationships.

ABOVE: Converted store space 'Watchmaker', including Smith Street exterior; and installation views of '26 Original Fakes', presented by Friends & Associates, which riffs on replica chairs; Hub Furniture's curated exhibition 'The Found Object' showcasing creative collections; Nick Horan's 'Ovoid' egg photos; and interactive blue floor surface 'Apparatus 4' by 227768c


MODERN FORMS

NGV Design Store, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Until Sunday 26 March

From Brutalist Polish churches to Oscar Niemeyer's uncompleted designs for Lebanon's International Fairgrounds (interrupted by civil war), 'Modern Forms' recalls the architecture of post-war modernism. Warsaw-based Nicolas Grospierre's shots capture the sculptural, geometric nature of these unfamiliar works.

ABOVE: Nicolas Grospierre's photos for 'Modern Forms' include this 2012 shot of 'Bus Stop #4, Crimea, Ukraine' reflecting Soviet architecture


DESIGNWORK 01

Sophie Gannon Gallery, 2 Albert Street, Richmond
Until Saturday 25 March
Sophie Gannon Gallery presents contemporary Australian design at 'Designwork 01'. The sleek space showcases 10 designers, including Trent Jansen's sculptural Indian-inspired stools and vessels, David Mutch's acrylic leaning lamps, Ash Allen's recycled cork and tyre stools, and Dale Hardiman's 'Wood Is Made From Trees' customised timber IKEA 'Frost' stools, clad with native paperbark used by the indigenous Wurundjeri.

ABOVE: Ash Allen's ceramic 2013 'Dollop' pendant lights part of group show 'Designwork 01' at Sophie Gannon Gallery


VICTORIA TASMANIA GRADUATE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016

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Brickworks, 490 Swan Street, Richmond
Saturday 25 March

Catch the work of local young designers from two states at the Victoria Tasmania Graduate of the Year Award 2016, presented by the Design Institute of Australia, which features furniture, industrial and interior design, as well as visual communications, textiles, fashion and jewellery.
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ABOVE: Next-gen design talent on display at the Victoria Tasmania Graduate of the Year Award
Pictures: Tobias Titz, Wayne Taylor, Jeremy Dillon