DENFAIR Reveals Plans for 2017 Third Edition:
An expansive collection of curated local and international design brands, a national exhibition platform
for emerging designers and creative collaborations with some of Australia’s most celebrated designers.
Since its first edition in 2015, DENFAIR has quickly become a pivotal date on the Australian design calendar with this year’s dates confirmed as 8-10 June.
Held over three days, design professionals and their clients are invited to attend industry-only days on Thursday and Friday or on Saturday, which will also be open to a targeted public audience. DENFAIR will be located at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
To promote new Australian design, DENFAIR is putting emerging designers at the forefront with Front/Centre – an initiative that invites representing entities across Australia to present the best and latest craft and design in their region to collectively map a new frontier in Australian design. In 2017 participants include Craft ACT, Artisan – Centre for Queensland Craft & Design, JamFactory, Designed Objects Tasmania (DOT) and Workshopped in association with Australian Design Centre (ADC).
The Sound Precinct is a new category for DENFAIR exploring the world of design-driven sound and acoustic products and their shifting hierarchy in architectural space. The adjacent Sound Lounge as an extension to the Sound Precinct will act as a café space and creative installation.
Australia’s leading art galleries such as Michael Reid, Flinders Lane and independent artists such as Kerry Armstrong will exhibit their latest work at The Gallery. New in 2017 is the Art Bar – a social gathering place and conceptual intervention to capture the mood of this destination category.
The Supply section has been expanded due to visitor demand and will showcase covetable designer objects with a strong focus on “Art de la Table” to celebrate the worlds of design and food culture coming together. A pop-up photography shoot and live styling will occur during the event and visitors can expect a dose of nature in Dose Café.
The Textile District offers an inspiring journey across woven, knitted and printed materials for interiors – from high-end contemporary producers to local emerging brands – as well the Textile Café, a place to relax and recharge.
In 2017, DENFAIR recognises the outstanding achievements of Designer of the Year (IDEA Awards 2016) Fiona Lynch by inviting her to interpret the DENFAIR Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Café experience. Renowned for her artistic approach, Fiona Lynch excels in achieving beautiful and genuine outcomes with each project attracting significant media coverage in national and international titles.
More details about DENFAIR’s exciting collaborations and activations will be released in early 2017.