Melbourne Design Week 2020

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In light of the ever-evolving COVID-19 outbreak and following advice from the Victorian Government and health officials, NGV has closed to the public as a precautionary measure until 13 April. In turn, all programming including Melbourne Design Week has therefore been cancelled. 

It’s with sadness that we announce our Designing the Future of Hospitality event will not take place this Thursday 19 March. This event is something JRF and our panelists are very passionate about and we will be rescheduling this event for later this year. 


Designing the Future of Hospitality

Presented by James Richardson Furniture
Thur 19 Mar, 6:30-9:00pm

Join Holly Cunneen, journalist and editor of Habitus Magazine, as she brings together a panel of leading hospitality figureheads to discuss the impact design has on the hospitality industry.

We recommend: Popping into the Bread Club on Queensberry St for a croissant and danish.


The Business of Sustainable Design
Presented by Sussex Taps

Mon 16 Mar, 6pm–8pm
Adele Bates Studio, 5 Union St, South Melbourne

As the concept of sustainability becomes increasingly salient, join InDesign’s editor-in-chief Alice Blackwood as she sits down with Vanessa Katsanevakis from Sussex Taps, interior designer Adele Bates, Michael Karakolis from Fibonacci Stone and Samantha Seljak from Seljak. The panel takes a closer look at how sustainable design became a core principle of their respective businesses, how the concept can be operationally applied to ensure longevity, how the industry is shaping and reflecting a changing consumer mindset, and ponder how design may not only shape life, but work to preserve it, too.

We recommend: Wynyard and James – only a short 5 minute walk, it’s the perfect place for a pre-event wine.


Francis Kéré: Architecture Shapes Life

Presented by NGV with Architecture Foundation Australia, and the Futuna Lecture Series

Tue 17 Mar, 6.30pm–7.30pm
NGV International Great Hall

Internationally acclaimed architect Francis Kéré delves into his journey – revealing how architecture has shaped his life and sharing his vision for how architecture that is collaboratively realised, rooted in traditional knowledge and specific to its context will contribute to a positive and dynamic future for Africa.

We recommend: After leaving our favourite room, in our favourite building in Melbourne, take a short walk into St Kilda Road towards The Kettle Black cafe or turn left towards the city for a lobster roll at Supernormal or the new hot-spot Hazel in the historic Richard Allen & Son building.


Work Shop 4

Presented by Fiona Lynch

Fiona Lynch Interior Design, 7 Glasshouse Rd, Collingwood

Fiona Lynch has designed and curated an eclectic assemblage of art and objects reflecting the studio’s affinity with nature and curiosity in the digital world.

We recommend: Grabbing a coffee and sitting in the courtyard at Allpress Coffee – only a short walk around the corner in Rupert Street. While you’re there head across the road to a small hole in the wall sushi bar Marimo – but be early, it sells out quick!


Code Black Coffee

Presented by Zwei Interiors Architecture, Code Black Coffee and Four Seasons Commercial Interiors

Queensbridge Square, 3 Queens Bridge St, Southbank

Code Black Coffee is a pop-up cafe that explores how the design of both the structure and systems behind a coffee outlet can support a circular economy, change behaviour and lead to better sustainable outcomes.

We recommend: Staying where you are for the best coffee around!

Heide x Melbourne Design Week

Presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen

Enjoy afternoon tea with Melbourne designer Daniel Barbera from Barbera Design with an intimate conversation in the historic dining room of Heide I as Barbera gives insights into his design practice, materials and processes.

We recommend: Making sure you allow enough time to take in the surroundings and have a coffee at Cafe Heide.


Designwork 04: Dale Hardiman & Stephen Royce | Danielle Brustman

Presented by Sophie Gannon Gallery

Sophie Gannon Gallery, 2 Albert St, Richmond

For Designwork 04, Sophie Gannon Gallery presents Open Garden, a collaboration by Dale Hardiman and Stephen Royce exploring light through common handheld devices, and Chromatic Fantastic, a collection of new furniture and lighting works by Danielle Brustman.

We recommend: A glass of wine or cocktail at The Ugly Duckling and dinner at Demitri’s Feast for incredible Greek food.

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