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designEX celebrates 25 years of design excellence

February 19, 2013

designEX celebrates its 25th birthday at the three-day exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 30 to June 1.

Marking a quarter of a century working with the country’s best names in design and architecture, designEX 2013 is this year situating itself alongside Australian Institute of Architects National Conference, promoting a greater forum for its industry professionals to get together and see the latest in architectural innovation and design on a national and international level.

With hundreds of the top brands coming together in Melbourne, companies like Great Dane Contract, rock&stone, Weathertex, Karndean Designflooring and Dulux will all be launching new products while the interiors sector of the event is having a renaissance of textiles and fabrics with leading brands including Ascraft, Basford Brands Boyac and Seneca.

Internationally acclaimed designer, Michael Young is the keynote of the speaker series, The Business of Design. The series aims to openly discuss the current economic climate and its effects on local practices/studios, sharing the challenges in creating and maintaining workplaces that promote thought leadership and idea generation and highlighting the benefits of collaboration and interdisciplinary projects.

The 25-year birthday exhibition will also see Yellow Goat Designs return to showcase their latest products to the industry, alongside an installation designed especially for the event. Teaming up with Swarovski Elements, the two parties have come together to design a large installation, which will become the centre piece of the Interiors Champagne Bar.

A platform for the country’s best local talent, the annual NEST showcase is curated by design consultant and journalist Anne-Maree Sargeant and will feature 14 of the country’s top designers, all coming together to unveil a collection of original and incredibly innovative products. The display will include designs from Adam Cornish, Simone LeAmon, Flynn Talbot, and Christopher Boots with more to be announced.

Sargeant will also bring together a display of the best products from all over the world for the popular Hives showcase. This is the industry’s chance to see leading products exhibited under the themes of Technology and Collaboration. Last year’s showcase presented a diverse collection of products, ranging from never before seen to museum pieces on loan.

For more information, visit designex.info

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