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Your weekend guide to Melbourne Design Week

Your weekend guide to Melbourne Design Week


Image above: 26 Original Fakes at the Watchmaker exhibition. Photo by Tobias Titz. 

The inaugural Melbourne Design Week is coming to a close; it’s been a jam-packed 10 days of programming and if you haven’t had a chance to catch anything then don’t worry, ADR has you covered. We’ve put together a guide of the not-to-be-missed events taking place over the weekend.

Friday 24 March

Once you’ve wrapped up at the office for the week, head to Collingwood for a talk at the Watchmaker presented by Piccolina Gelateria. Dale Hardiman, Nick Rennie, Tom Skeehan and Ben Edwards, four designers who have taken part in 26 Original Fakes, will unpack replicas and their response to them for the exhibition. Make sure you get there early, though, so you can take a look around the venue, which was an old watchmaker’s store and has been transformed into a mirrored installation by Folk Architects.

5-6pm, Collingwood
Floor Talk: 26 Original Fakes


A replica Jasper Morrison HAL wood chair has been used as a catalyst for the 26 Original Fakes exhibition.

Saturday 25 March

Saturday presents a few options. For the curious architects out there, the AIA Victorian Architecture Awards Presentation to Juries is an opportunity to see behind the inner-workings of this year’s field of entries.

With 223 entries across several categories, it’s a full-day affair. But if you don’t have a whole day to commit, simply stay for part of it.

9.30am-6pm, University of Melbourne
Victorian Chapter Architecture awards – Presentation to Juries


Fish Creek House by Edition Office is in the Victorian Chapter Field of entries, photo by Ben Hosking.

After a morning session of award presentations, head to the NGV International to catch a short 30 minute talk by Matthew Martin, curator at International Decorative Arts and Antiquities, about the lineage of the chair.

12-12.30pm, NGV International
Design talk: The lineage of the chair


Following the short introduction to chairs, take a stroll through the Creating the Contemporary Chair exhibition (if you haven’t already). After two years in development, the exhibition is major part of Melbourne Design Week and well worth a gander.

Open 10am – 5pm
Creating the Contemporary Chair

Sunday 26 March

For something thought-provoking on your Sunday, why not head to the Queering Architecture panel discussion? The talk brings together five speakers, chaired by Naomi Stead, and unpacks what exactly it might mean to ‘queer’ architecture.

3-5pm, NGV International, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (Booking required)
Queering Architecture?


Join the debate around what queer architecture means.

See the full calendar of events on the Melbourne Design Week website.


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