Melbourne's Vibrant and Growing Design Scene
Melbourne's vibrant and growing design scene is making an impact towards better standards of living and greater economic prosperity in Australia and beyond. The 15th of March marks the start of Melbourne Design Week 2018. A 10-day programme with over 160 events around Melbourne that will celebrate local and international design excellence. The eagerly anticipated event aims to increase opportunities and capabilities for the creative industry through showcasing the best in design including; packaging, communication, industrial design, and architecture.
Melbourne Design Week (MDW) is an initiative of the Victorian government’s creative industries department- Creative Victoria in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). MDW was launched in 2017 to promote the value and practice of good design in improving businesses and communities in Victoria, Australia, and the world. The programme further reinforces Melbourne as a centre for design in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
The programme will include a wide range of events open to the public and spread out in various locations throughout Melbourne. Highlights of the programme include;
‘Celebration of Material’ by DenFair, an exhibition of contemporary furniture and interior design.
‘Designing the Body’ will explore the relationship between our bodies and technology by showcasing fascinating work such as 3D printed body parts, edible perfumes, and low-cost prosthetics.
‘Diminishing Design’: Jihan Zencirli aka Geronimo from Los Angeles will adorn the façade of the new Hub Furniture showroom in Collingwood with her popular and spectacular balloon installations.
‘Open State’ will celebrate Victoria’s leading design and innovation with open access to iconic showrooms, studios, and architecture including Hepburn Wind Farm, The Dream Factory, and Medibank Place.
Keynote speeches by industry icons including Editor in Chief of Dezeen- Marcus Fairs on design shaping the world around us, and Founder of Turenscape- Kongjian Yu on how cities can prepare for rising water levels and unprecedented storms through design.