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Melbourne: Fringe Furniture Exhibition

September 17, 2010

An experiential design exhibition in the Newport Substation, with a set designed by Melbourne architects Edwards Moore.

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An experiential design exhibition in the Newport Substation, with a set designed by Melbourne architects Edwards Moore.

Responding to the Fringe Festival’s theme, ‘The City has a Face and the Country has a Soul’, this year’s Fringe Furniture exhibition investigates the encounter between the city and the other. For some, the Australian landscape invokes feelings of nostalgia and longing, while for others it represents fear and alienation. This year’s designers have responded to the theme with incredible possibilities for furniture, lighting design, homewares, wearable objects, permanent and ephemeral works.

Fringe Furniture has been running for 26 years. Described as an ‘experimental playground’, it offers established and emerging designers the opportunity to present new prototypes, explore materials and concepts, design beyond the brief and create challenging, irreverent and carefully considered work.

Melbourne architects ["Edwards Moore":http://edwardsmoore.com/] have designed the set for this year’s show, taking place in the Substation in Newport. A giant terrain built from woodchips will run the length of the substation, providing an undulating landscape on which the objects will be displayed. “People thrive best in environments that have other forms of life around, and flourish in spaces that are more like habitats and we thought it might be fun to bring the landscape to the substation,” explained Ben Edwards.

*Exhibition Launch* Wednesday 22 September, 6.30-9.30pm

*Where* 1 Market Street, Newport VIC 3015
*When* Thursdays-Sundays, 23 September-10 October 2010
*Closed Mondays-Wednesdays*
*Event is free*

More information about the Fringe Festival is available on the website: ["www.melbournefringe.com.au":http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/]

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