Melbourne Fringe’s iconic, avant-garde furniture exhibition celebrates its 35th year and a new name. Evolving from Fringe Furniture to Design Fringe, it will include an expanded series of virtual projects, design workshops and talks celebrating Melbourne’s extraordinary independent and emerging designers and the ground-breaking works they produce.
Presenting a dynamic and diverse range of object design including furniture, fashion and sculpture, Design Fringe expands on Fringe Furniture’s legacy, ensuring that open access design opportunities are embedded in the contemporary design industry into the future.
This year’s Design Fringe focuses on the theme of “home”, acknowledging that our own dwellings often provide the inspiration for exceptional design.
IMAGE > [top] Kirby Bourke, Simple(y) (a)chair, 2021, brass and steel, 85 x 40 x 40cm each. Image courtesy of Two lines Studio. > Portrait of Lauren Haynes on her doorstep, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
Design Fringe 2021 has been transformed into a new project that takes to our streets as Designers on Your Doorstep.
Designers on Your Doorstep presents an intimate portrait of the designers, their inspirations and their bold new works. Enjoy interviews with the designers, explore the designers’ homes and studios through beautiful photographs and online profiles. This online content is accompanied by an outdoor public art project showcasing a selection of the diverse and thought-provoking work on posters in the streets.
IMAGE > [top] Portrait of Kaspian Kan, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
> Portraits of designers on their doorstep, 2021. Image courtesy of the artists.
IMAGE > Portrait of Drasko Boljevic on his doorstep, 2021.
Image courtesy of the artist.
Design Fringe will host an expanded program of virtual events covering the big topics in design – accessibility, equity, gender and sustainability in design, artist conversations, workshops and even the intersection between design and drag. These important, exciting and thought-provoking conversations dissect the industry today, while taking a look toward the design world of the future.
The breadth of talent and skill that Design Fringe attracts can genuinely be considered a barometer
for the city’s vibrant and cutting-edge design community.
Design Fringe, 2020
IMAGE > Fringe Furniture 2019. Photograph: Tanya Volt. Image courtesy Melbourne Fringe.
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