Goldrush: the Rise of Contemporary Australian Design

In a country known more for its sporting prowess, landscape and rich mineral deposits, you could be forgiven for thinking the contemporary Australian design scene is ‘quiet’

United Front: Why it’s Time to Rethink The Relationship Between Australian Art + Design

In Australia, the art and design worlds might each have their own rituals, traditions and secret language but they’ve always overlapped in compelling ways.

Multifaceted and Playful

Reminiscent of an infinite loop, the linear tubular steel frame forms a pendant corresponding to the table top and the central motif of the circle

Speaker Series Profile – Fiona Lynch

Fiona Lynch is a design studio that excels in achieving beautiful and genuine outcomes across retail, hospitality and residential projects. 

Speaker Series Profile – Ruder Novak-Mikulic  

Ruder Novak - Mikulic is invited by  Artisan/Ducksnest  to take part to the  DENFAIR Speaker Program. Ruder Novak-Mikulic is the co-founder and art director of  Regular company  an award winning multidisciplinary design consultancy.

Speaker Series Profile – Rob Mills

Rob Mills creates exceptional residences. His team of residential architects, interior designers, heritage architects and project managers are responsible for some of the most innovative and inspiring residential projects in Australia and around the world. 

Speaker Series Profile – Kensaku Oshiro

Kensaku Oshiro was born on Okinawa Island, Japan, in 1977.  After gaining a Master’s degree in Industrial Design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan in 1999, he began working with various studios

The Narrative of Tradition

With inspiration a plenty it was easy to become mesmerised by the movement of fabric and the intrinsic stories they spoke. Gracefully and simplistic the structural design was hidden in the integrity of the choice of timber and fixing details of traditional Japanese construction

An Inside Out Collection

The Piper Range is the latest release by Gibson Karlo for DesignByThem. The design pairs indoor quality and charm with outdoor durability, creating a range that is visually light, distinctive and versatile.

Wander back to 13th Century Italy – A contemporary approach by SMEG

Inspiration is a mysterious beast. For some, it comes effortlessly and often. For others, it hides timid and reticent, demanding gentle coaxing before it will consider informing a work of art, a song, a poem, a design.

Know the Difference – A Reflection by Marcus Piper

As designers, every mark we make represents the responsibility we hold for ourselves, our industry and to the future. It is something I refer to as a cultural legacy because nothing goes unseen and in today’s highly visualised, digital world where the influence of every image carries weight.

“Just draw, and the ideas will come”

We were privileged at DENFAIR 2017 to have passionate drawer Chris Connell take us through a sketching masterclass. Chris has over 40 years experience in the architecture and interior design industry, as well as product design.

Pauses in Urban Landscapes – The Fermob Legacy

Good design allows us to transit through this world smoothly, commonly attributing our intuition rather than paying attention to the small things put in place to make this transition possible.

Know the Difference – A Reflection by Ross Didier

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself...

Uncommon Beauty

Some designers add a great dose of fearless innovation, committed to a tradition of quality by keeping products fresh and unique within their current landscape. In our recent interview with Melbourne based designer, Oliver Wilcox, we learnt it hasn’t come without its challenges.

2017 Speaker Series – Mindful Design

More than a passing trend, mindfulness permeates many facets of life. We hear it spoken about it in yoga and meditation, of course; but also within conversations about sport, business, relationships and even finance. Creativity is no exception.

Tailored Elegance – Giant Steps Winery & Cellar Door

To transform a vast, casual, loud and exposed food hall, into a place for luxurious, intimate and refined dining. A space that not only houses a superior dining experience...

Stalactites’ Fresh Derivative – Hella Good

Stalactites has been a staple of the Melbourne restaurant scene since 1978; the longest established & most well known Greek restaurant in town. So when Bergman & Co were asked to come on-board, the team were obviously thrilled...

Prince of Wales Hotel – Meme Design

St Kilda’s Prince of Wales Hotel has been a Melbourne landmark since 1936, but its current status as a boutique hospitality destination was cemented only two decades ago with an interior transformation by Powell & Glenn Architects.

Intimate Familiar – Kew East Home

There’s something to be said about finding a certain piece that exudes timelessness. The brief was simple, restrained but effortlessly manifest elegance. It was the clean lines and austere aesthetic of ...

Nicholas Fuller – 2017 FRONT / CENTRE Winner

His Cantilever side table impressed widely at DENFAIR 2017 and saw Nicholas presented with the Front / Centre Award. Originally a 2016 commission for a local Adelaide couple – an elegant response to a straight-up simple brief

2017 Speaker Series – Identity Crisis

It’s no wonder we have an identity crisis here in Australia, with our confused and often destructive relationships with our indigenous people, the ‘tyranny of long distance’ and colonial status amidst a sea of Asian nations.

2017 Speaker Series – Earth

The facts are clear and the status is both alarming and depressing — the state of our natural world is the biggest global issue we face. There are so many factors contributing to the degradation of our environment that it’s overwhelming.How can we begin to tackle the problem when it is so huge and complex?

Consideration and Minimalism in The Age of “Stuff”

Vivienne Westwood has famously quoted “buy less, choose well.”, the famous minimalist architect Mies van der Rohe said “Less is more.”, the March issue of Australian Vogue is focused on sustainability in the fashion industry - sustainability in relation to production, materials, and technology...

The Connective Power of Botanicals

Plants have conveyed many messages from minimalist expositions to much wilder and more expressive configurations found in rugs and tapestry. When one designer’s philosophy is to create respect for the weavers and sustainable business whilst celebrating Australian bush...

AGOTYA Awards 2018

The Design Institute of Australia will be announcing and exhibiting the winners of the DIA 2017/18 Australian Graduate of the Year Awards at DENFAIR’s 2018 Melbourne Event. The AGOTYA awards are a national annual award competition run by the Design Institute of Australia for final year and newly graduated design students.

The Origin of Objects

As a child, Sibella Court of The Society Inc, had a fascination with collecting objects. Rocks, shells, and ribbons were amongst the treasures that she picked up and stashed away to later visit and imagine of their journeys.

2017 Speaker Series – Technology

Whether we fear or embrace technology, it’s impossible to deny the fact that it is responsible for some of the greatest innovations in design and a crucial tool in approaching sustainability and safety. It’s also opened up a world of opportunity — in the way that we design, and the way we experience design

ZETR x DEAMS Collaboration

As the professional world becomes more and more specialised, individuals become more focused on honing specific skills and each industry creates new roles to keep up with and embrace advancements in technology, collaboration is increasingly common. Collaboration allows the best of each field involved to contribute at the highest of skill; playing to strengths of one another.

Creating Connections

DENFAIR is a place where people come together to connect with each other over a common love of original and authentic design. It is a place where we can appreciate innovations in the industry and support those who are changing the way we think about design.

A Double-Edged Homage to Intelligent Design

A quarter-century of experience makes an industry expert. And so with 26 years under their belts, connecting Australians with contemporary furniture from the world’s leading brands and studios, KE-ZU’s acumen is unrivalled...

Australian Design, Collaboration & Innovation

King Living will launch new designs from their collaboration with designers Charles Wilson and Tom Fereday at DENFAIR in Melbourne this month. As one of Australia’s most renowned and established furniture designers and manufacturers, King Living are an important part of the local design community...

Fostering the Future of Design

The concept of ‘anything is possible’ has a useful ability to unite ideas and people. This iconic mantra has been synonymous with Schiavello Group, a multi-disciplinary, global organisation since its inception 50 years ago and continues to serve as inspiration to the company, even in contemporary periods.

Where Strength Meets Beauty

Tasmanian timber is a product of exceptional beauty from a place like nowhere else. Our island grows more than you imagined. Here, a combination of magnificent wood and cutting-edge innovation has produced some of the finest timbers in the world.

Magic 8: Addressing Sustainable Design

Sustainability is a concern for any designer working with timber, so when the American Hardwood Society challenged eight of Australia’s most highly regarded designers to reimagine one of their designs using the sustainable timber tulipwood, they rose to the occasion.

Jon Goulder Breaks the Mould with His All Australian Innate Collection for Spence & Lyda

For fourth generation Australian furniture designer-maker Jon Goulder, expert craftsmanship and design has always been in his blood. Pushing the envelope with materials and methods, Jon has created and launched the bespoke 'Innate' collection in collaboration with renowned Sydney design retailer, Fiona Lyda of Spence & Lyda.

Refined Experimentation

In the world of architecture and interior design, lighting can make or break a space. The colour of light, as well as the light fitting itself, is a crucial part in setting the tone in interior and exterior environments.

Design that Speaks Volumes

Since Artedomus was founded in 1985, their early ethos focused on sourcing unique products that have a simple and natural intrinsic beauty. Fast forward to today, their philosophy still revolves around being a source of reference and inspiration for leading architects and designers, introducing to Australia some of the most beautiful marbles, limestones and sandstones.

Nancy Ji 2018 Front / Centre winner

Fresh from her win at DENFAIR’s Front/Centre design competition we had an interview with architect and designer Nancy Ji, creator of the Archie table. Nancy joined us via Skype from Japan where she is currently travelling, learning Japanese and doing research for future projects.

After – Form

Amongst the undisturbed prehistoric landscape of the Mojave Desert in Death Valley National Park, Maegan Brown captures moments of serenity through the lens of inquisitive wonder. Careful planning and research get her to the site but what happens when she points her camera is entirely intrinsic.

Freedom of Expression

Chance encounters are often how new ideas or new relationships start. Creative thinking is most compelling when it involves fresh eyes, original perspective and a deep gratitude for the creative process.

ZETR & THE GLASS HOUSE | TLP

The Local Project presents, in collaboration with Nina Maya Interiors and ZETR – The Glass House. The Glass House, located in the inner city Sydney suburb of Paddington, is an innovative residential project by Nina Maya Interiors and a number of their favourite material suppliers, including the Sydney based ZETR, founded by Garth Elliott.

Partnership & Integrity

Australians like to pride themselves with a “can-do, give it a go” collaborative attitude. As a nation, we are a collective group of people up for a challenge, striving to be at the forefront of any industry and the furniture...