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Above: Photo from the Urban Larder designEX launch in April.
Australia’s largest trade show for the architecture and interior design industry is set to kick off next week in Melbourne, boasting three days of design celebration from 30 May–1 June. As well as the trade show platform featuring the latest in furniture, textiles, lighting, appliances and surfaces, designEX this year includes a seminar series entitled ‘The Business of Design‘ and independently curated features.
Day One of the seminar series sees industrial designer Michael Young speaking about his experience working and manufacturing in China and City Lab director Andrew Mackenzie and a panel of guests discussing the risks and rewards of architectural competitions in Australia. Day Two sees McBride Charles Ryan principal Debbie Ryan discuss their Cloud House and other projects (this talk runs on the Friday and Saturday), while Phooey director Emma Young discusses re-use and adaptation. Friday’s program also sees a number of student sessions, including the founders of Motherbird talking about how to start a creative studio. Day Three includes an ‘Unbuilt’ event where a number of designers and architects will examine unbuilt architecture and the use of technology to suggest new ways of experiencing architecture and design through the use of Augmented Reality and animation, among others. Click here for the full list of seminars.
Other highlights include Nest, a showcase of the best Australian furniture and lighting designers, and the Hives 2013 exhibit, which focuses on collaboration and innovation – both curated by Anne-Maree Sergeant. Hives will exhibit products resulting from collaborations between designers, while the popular Nest showcase will feature previously unseen furniture, lighting and objects by leading independent designers from around the country – including Christopher Boots, Adam Cornish, Anara Mailybayeva, Damien Hipwell, Simone Leamon and Shareen Joel.
With food and drink provided by the likes of Melbourne hospitality mainstay St Ali, attendees can expect to be very well looked after. The specially designed St Ali Roasters space will feature stools and lighting courtesy of Great Dane Furniture, surrounded by walls made using smoked cork that the Scandinavian furniture retailer has imported from Portugal for its latest range.
Architectural Review Asia Pacific, (Inside) Interior Design Review and Australian Design Review will be at designEX 2013. Come and visit our stand in the media corner near the venue cafe.