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Australia’s biggest showcase of collectible design – Melbourne Design Fair

Australia’s biggest showcase of collectible design – Melbourne Design Fair


Presented as part of Melbourne Design Week, the Melbourne Design Fair is a commercial showcase of limited edition, rare and one-of-a-kind collectible designs by Australian creatives.

Curated by the NGV and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, the Fair is Australia’s largest presentation of contemporary and twentieth-century collectible design by leading Australian and international practitioners.

Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the Fair offers visitors the chance to view and purchase one-of-a-kind, limited edition and small-batch design production, including furniture, lighting and contemporary jewellery from more than 150 designers across 60 plus presentations.

Two Lines Studio Kirby Bourke, Curve Collection Chair 1 and Chair 2 2022 patinated brass
600.0 x 600.0 x 750.0 mm. Image: Courtesy Two Lines Studio.

Presented across 3000 square metres at the MCEC, Melbourne Design Fair provides visitors with the opportunity to discover new talent, explore innovative design production, and gain an insight into the latest trends in the world of collectible design.

From 18 to 21 May, the Fair will feature collectible contemporary design works across two platforms, with all works available for purchase.

LLh Studio, Foli Table 2022. Image courtesy: LLh Studio.

In the first platform, DISCOVERY is an NGV-curated section. This platform is dedicated to the promotion and sale of work by emerging designers and makers. such as Charlie White, Isaac Chatterton, Sabu Studio, and Annie Paxton.

For the other – FOCUS – the work of five accomplished female designers and makers are brought to the foreground. NGV curator Simone LeAmon, this section Showcases their skills and conceptual prowess.

Jay Jermyn, Costar. Image: Courtesy artisan OLD and Jay Jermyn.

NGV director Tony Ellwood says the Fair is a “vital platform for the visibility and viability of Australia’s design industries”.

“After the challenges of the past few years, events like this offer real, tangible support to our sector – and especially to local designers, makers and studios.”

Alex Seton, The Amber of this Moment, 2022, 48 soda glass droplets, copper, brass and LEDs, 185 x 80 x 60 cm. Installation view in Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt, The Lock
– Up, Newcastle. Photography Mark Pokorny.

Melbourne Design Fair is part of Melbourne Design Week, which is an initiative of the Victorian Government and delivered by Creative Victoria and the NGV.

Tickets are on sale now – grab yours here!

Lead image of installation view of works from Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert on display at Melbourne Design Fair 2022 presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photography by Sean Fennessy.


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