This year’s Melbourne program will feature the notable Speaker Series Talks and DENFAIR Award Presentations at the show, alongside independent creative installations, Front/Centre for emerging designers and experimental hospitality spaces design by famed Australian designer Chris Connell.
All this and more will be complemented by a spacious media lounge where you can enjoy your favourite design publication after a glass of crisp white with some freshly shucked oysters or an a la carte lunch at the Belle Restaurant and Oyster Bar.
“Found nestled amongst the exhibitor stands visitors will arrive at the beautifully detailed spaces designed by famed Australian designer Chris Connell. With white as the brief and selected as the theme, the spaces reflect a simplicity and support the idea of negative space. Given the constraints of availability, materials and event installation timelines the spaces showcase a broad cross selection of materials found in the architecture and design industry.
The resulting plan views of each of the spaces, which form a series of hieroglyphs, represent a place to assemble, reset and or download; or just to meet with colleagues. Offering a different experience in each location, these spaces provide a sanctuary from the visual cacophony of materials and colour that make up the exhibitor offerings.
As visitors move from hieroglyph to hieroglyph they will find the materials used offer a diffused and translucent quality, while others offer total privacy. These installations evoke the desire to explore and discover, by virtue of glimpses into and out of these simple white forms.
We encourage you to explore the nuances of each space as you make your way around the show, stop enjoy a libation or sample the food offerings.”
Private Speaker Sessions
The Speaker Space will also host and array of private sessions. A collection of talks designed to further facilitate the design conversations, integrating practice, design development and business. Hosted by various design practitioners, these independent talks are subject to seat availability, and walk-ins are welcome.
Tasmanian timber is an ideal medium for inspired interior and architectural design, joinery, and furniture. The colour range is rich and varied, the timber is stable and highly workable, and sustainable supply is certified. Find out about how Tasmanian timber is transforming projects for architects, builders and furniture makers.
Authentic Design Alliance
Intellectual Property for design
The Authentic Design Alliance hosts a panel of legal experts and designers discussing the essentials for protecting original creative concepts for designers, design businesses and creative start-ups. Learn how to navigate Trade Marks, Copyright, Design Registrations and more in one comprehensive discussion. This talk is a ticketed event, to attend please visit eventbrite.com
BUZAO | Remodern
BUZAO discuss the inspiration leading to their latest Lavastone series. Focusing on the traditional volcanic culture of Hainan, BUZAO reflect on the deep connection possible between humans and their environment.
On a broader scale, BUZAO also provide insight on the impact of recent cultural developments on modern Chinese design, and the evolution to its current exciting and unique state.
Green Magazine Editor, Tamsin O’Neill, Longboat Property Director, Theo Kerlidis and Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning at RMIT University, join a panel discussing how bold eco-centric actions can be taken now. Join the panel as they discuss how far current design, planning and building practices can be advanced to create greater positive environmental impact immediately.
Independent Creative Installations
An exhibition by furniture designer Tom Fereday + photographer Fiona Susanto celebrating the makers behind 6 of Fereday’s iconic designs. Tom and Fiona, shine a light on and highlight six Australian makers and the invaluable skills they possess that helped to refine and produce these unique pieces.
The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) in collaboration with WoodSolutions and Latitude Group present a timber biofilia installation, promoting the wellness impact timber and biophilia plays in the modern workplace. 10.10.1 will showcase a canopy of indigenous flora complimented by a selection local furniture design, presented alongside a special publication capturing 10 biophilic/timber projects by 10 Studios, shot by 1 photographer.
An exclusive Victorian preview, where a curated selection of 2018 Good Design Australia Awards recipients will be showcased as a group. This activation will featuring award-winning products in Furniture, Lighting, Homeware and Object categories from some of DENFAIR’s very own exhibitors and more. Don’t miss the chance to see these award-winning designs all in once place.
The American Hardwood Export Council and 8 of Australia’s most highly regarded designers collaborate to reimagine their works in American tulipwood. In this activation Designers were encouraged to embrace the natural variation in the material provided, confronted the Australian preference for uniformity in timber and sustainability in design. To know more
To celebrate 70 years of manufacturing excellence, SMEG Australia invites you to join them on their stand for a celebration of Italian design. Smeg’s commitment to creating beautiful appliances that combine world-leading technology and architectural design has conceived major and small appliances with covetable style and inimitable technology including the five design collections – Classic, Linear Portofino, Victoria and 50style .
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Take a journey through a space dedicated to letting people relax and conduct business. The Journey begins in the modular EDO seating section inspired by Tokyo’s “dori” (streets) and “yokocho” laneways; provided by Australian commercial design powerhouse Zenith Interiors. This unique space is set to host the ZETR x DEAMS Charging Station, a celebration of the merging of design and technology, where each component is an amalgamation of city streetscapes in a sophisticated blend of technology and tradition to create a lounge space for focusing and unwinding.