Design Overload

Last weekend in Melbourne was mega for design of many disciplines; locally-made crafts and homewares, the homewares buying sector, lighting, furniture, and finishes and flooring and hospitality.

Wanting to get the most out of the knowledge and products on offer, myself and two of my classmates (one hungover, kudos to her) headed into town on Sunday, which actually happened to be an unusually sunny day. We started at the majestic Royal Exhibition Building in the Carlton gardens, which housed Design:Made:Trade. This was a charming display of local talents such as The Mod Collective, which sells the cutest ceramic crockery products. Textile designer Surface by Belinda Christina also drew me in with their graphic print scarves and textiles. Love.

Then, as if by magic a bus appeared to take us to the Melbourne Exhibition Center. Here we browsed the endless exhibitions which made up Design + Decoration; Furnitex; Light Source and Finishes & Flooring. It’s safe to say we were slightly overwhelmed and like Guistina said at the time ‘like kids in a candy shop’.

In addition to the lighting exhibitors, we visited an enclosed light feature room centered around the luminosity of colour. The small room was covered in wallpaper which seemed to come forward and recede each time the hue of light changed in the room. The optical illusion was very visceral and we were like grade twos at Science Works.

The trippy, coloured light room

These events are invaluable to Interior Designers of any level and discipline. It’s a great chance to meet suppliers, broaden product knowledge and get inspiration and ideas. Furnitex also displayed a number of RMIT Furniture Design students work, which was amazing, if not a little intimidating.

I’m now looking forward to the upcoming Saturday Indesign and Life In Style, which I have no doubt will be equally as informative, if not a little more social. I hear Saturday Indesign is the event to be at!

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