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Exploring Shoppable Design at 2024 Melbourne Design Week

For Melbourne Design Week 2024, we’re spotlighting shoppable designs from emerging talents and established studios alike. Providing a peek into must-see exhibits and installations, this guide showcases works available for purchase, ensuring you seize this exclusive once-a-year opportunity to acquire a piece of Australian design excellence.   

Studio Enti | Chasing Light 

Presented by Naomi Taplin

Thurs 23 May – Mon 27 May, 2024

Studio Enti, helmed by Naomi Taplin, is renowned for its sculptural ceramic lighting and tableware. Handcrafted in Sydney, Australia, each piece of porcelain is a testament to Taplin’s commitment to functionality and beauty, embodying principles of both longevity and sustainability.

Their latest collection ‘Chasing Light’ is an intricate study of tonality, form, and nuanced changes in ambiance, offering not only aesthetic appeal but also practicality in everyday use. From lighting fixtures that play with texture and shadow to tableware that elevates dining experiences, Studio Enti’s creations embody the perfect fusion of innovation and tradition.

For any additional enquiries, please contact info@studioenti.com.au

The Crescent sconces by Studio Enti as part of the ‘Chasing Light’ collection | Photography by Georges Antoni

The Eclipse sconces by Studio Enti as part of the ‘Chasing Light’ collection | Photography by Georges Antoni

“Material Processes” by House Editions and Collective Territories | Photography courtesy of House Editions

House Editions Showroom | Material Processes

Presented by House Editions and Collective Territories

Thurs 23 May – Sun 2 Jun, 2024

House Editions is a ceramic design and production studio offering select pieces of ‘the refined domestic’, both strong and fragile in their beauty. Under the creative direction of ceramic artist Claudia Lau, House Editions embodies a unique duality, balancing experimentation with refinement. Specialising in sculptural vases, plates and much more, their collections often feature intricately designed pieces that showcase a fusion of traditional craftsmanship with contemporary aesthetics. 

In collaboration with Collective Territories architect Joseph Gauci-Seddon, their exhibition  ‘Material Processes’ explores an expanded architectural practice where landscape, ecology, furniture, and art intersect. Their exhibition features material tests, conceptual objects, and scale models, all curated within the House Editions showroom. Using House Editions’ glaze catalogue, they establish connections between objects, surfaces, atmospheres, and space.

Moon Jars by House Editions | Photography by Daphne Nguyen and FOMS

EQUILIBRIUM

Presented by Ross Gardam

Thurs 23 May – Sun 26 May, 2024

Founder Ross Gardam is driven by a profound desire to engage people on an emotional level with distinctive designs that challenge the norm. This has culminated in meticulously crafted products that explore people’s personal connection with objects and their surroundings.

Continuing the ‘Volant’ Lighting collection initially unveiled at Salone del Mobile.Milano in Milan 2023, the studio presents its latest pieces alongside this esteemed series. ‘Volant’ is a modern chandelier that’s almost akin to a kinetic sculpture. A static lamp with an uncanny ability to appear in motion. Solid brass bars are home to textured, tubular formed-glass elements, angled to give the impression of floating objects revolving around each other. In addition to the original chandeliers, the collection now includes an extra-large chandelier with five tiers delicately balanced in harmony, along with two new wall lights, all maintaining the same materiality and design vernacular.

Presenting the latest addition to the studio’s ‘Editions’ collection: a side table meticulously crafted from sandblasted aluminium plate. The table balances gracefully on an impossibly narrow pedestal base anchored by dense marble offcuts rescued from a local stone mason, produced with different marble ballast finishes, making up a total edition of nine pieces.

‘Equilibrium’ by Ross Gardam | Photography by Haydn Cattach

‘Equilibrium’ by Ross Gardam | Photography by Haydn Cattach

‘Equilibrium’ by Ross Gardam | Photography by Haydn Cattach

‘The Beauty and Persistence of Metal’ exhibition by Tait and Adam Goodrum | Photography courtesy of Tait

The Beauty And Persistence Of Metal

Presented by Tait

Thurs 23 May – Sat 1 Jun, 2024

Designed and handcrafted in Australia from sustainable materials, Tait’s products are reflective of our enviable outdoor lifestyle, built to withstand diverse climate conditions and informed by a distinctly Australian palette. Established in 1992 by Susan and Gordon Tait, their pieces have proudly become icons of contemporary Australian design, renowned for their durability and longevity.

At the heart of Tait’s exhibition lies the launch of a new product designed by acclaimed industrial designer Adam Goodrum. Renowned for his innovative approach and quintessentially Australian style, Goodrum’s collaborations with Tait have yielded iconic collections such as ‘Volley’, ‘Trace’, and the ‘Element’ fire pit. Their latest collaboration includes ‘Voom’, ‘Scape’, and ‘Xylem’ collections, alongside the ‘Swing’ dining chair and ‘Pogo’ table range.

‘The Beauty and Persistence of Metal’ exhibition by Tait and Adam Goodrum | Photography courtesy of Tait

Responsible 

Presented by Living Edge

Thurs 23 May – Sat 1 Jun, 2024

Showcasing authentic and sustainable furniture and lighting from iconic designers and luxury brands, Living Edge presents ‘Responsible’, where design meets environmental consciousness in a display of furniture crafted entirely from recycled materials. This exhibition is a testament to Living Edge’s commitment to a circular economy, showcasing a curated selection of pieces from renowned brands such as Muuto, Magis, Howe, and Herman Miller, united by their dedication to eco-friendly practices.

From the sleek lines of Muuto’s recycled plastic chairs to the innovative designs of Magis utilising upcycled materials, each piece tells a story of transformation and purpose. The Howe and Herman Miller contributions redefine luxury by breathing new life into discarded resources, creating timeless furniture with a conscience.

The Bell chair as part of the ‘Responsible’ collection by Living Edge | Photography courtesy of Magis

The Alpina chair as part of the ‘Responsible’ collection by Living Edge | Photography courtesy of Magis

‘Responsible’ by Living Edge | Photography courtesy of Magis

‘Kindred Spirits’ by Pieces of Eight Gallery | Photography by Ben Glezer

Warmer

Presented by Charlie White

Fri 24 May – Thurs 30 May, 2024

Charlie White’s furniture and object design transforms unconventional materials into design archetypes, blending sombre, gothic plasticity with an economy of means. Rooted in Fine Art studies and holding degrees in Philosophy and Architecture, White’s work bridges art and functionality, reflecting a deep understanding of spatial continuity.

‘Warmer’ by Charlie White | Photography courtesy of Charlie White

‘Warmer’ by Charlie White | Photography courtesy of Charlie White

‘Warmer’ debuts a new range of design objects by the designer and artist. Through the iteration of one lamp realised in different sizes and materials, the exhibition comprises a series of lanterns that explore the way light permeates through a range of materials and scales. An exercise in refinement rather than invention, the intention is to create a suite of objects that can add warmth and domesticity to a space. The exhibition enjoys the luxury of sharing one idea as a suite of prototypes rather than as a single object.

For purchase enquiries, please get in touch with Charlie directly at charlie@charliewhite.com.au. Charlie will also be circulating an exhibition catalogue at his exhibition.

The ‘Furniture Smalls Capsule Collection’ by Articolo Studios | Photography by Timothy Kaye and Chris Budgeon

Introducing Articolo Studios Home | Furniture Smalls Capsule Collection

Presented by Articolo Studios

Thurs 23 May – Sat 1 Jun, 2024

Articolo Studios is a reflection of founder and creative director Nicci Kavals’ passion for producing contemporary lighting that is sophisticated, has international appeal, and is of outstanding quality. Approaching design with meticulous care, Kaval dissolves the boundaries between design, art, and architecture, prioritising functionality and enduring aesthetics. Each piece in her collection is a testament to artisanal workmanship, meticulously crafted in collaboration with master artisans, showcasing the inherent beauty of natural materials, hand-cast metal, and mouth-blown glass.

Unveiling the ‘Articolo Studios Home | Furniture Smalls Capsule Collection,’ Kaval presents a series of handcrafted pieces by local artisans, showcasing age-old workmanship with atelier-like precision and couture-inspired finishes.

The Articolo Home Furniture Collection is made to order in Melbourne.

For pricing, please email sales@articolostudios.com

The ‘Furniture Smalls Capsule Collection’ by Articolo Studios | Photography by Timothy Kaye and Chris Budgeon

The ‘Furniture Smalls Capsule Collection’ by Articolo Studios | Photography by Timothy Kaye and Chris Budgeon

The ‘Furniture Smalls Capsule Collection’ by Articolo Studios | Photography by Timothy Kaye and Chris Budgeon

The TF Speaker by Tom Fereday x Pitt & Giblin | Photography courtesy of Annika Kafcaloudis

Aver by Tom Fereday

Presented by OIGÅLL PROJECTS

Thurs 23 May – Sun 2 Jun, 2024

Designer Tom Fereday, fascinated by the interplay of natural materials and contemporary design, creates unique pieces rooted in exploring modern objecthood. With a background in sculpture and graphic design from Wimbledon School of Art in London and industrial design from the University of Technology Sydney, Fereday’s work has gained international recognition, showcased in collaborations with renowned brands and exhibited in prestigious galleries and furniture fairs.

‘Aver,’ derived from Latin roots meaning ‘to’ and ‘true,’ represents a genuine celebration of pure materials. Designed to enhance natural imperfections, the collection features reclaimed solid travertine and glass, showcasing their inherent beauty. Working with one-off pieces sourced from Italy, Aver aims to highlight the true essence of materials, resulting in limited-edition collectibles built to last a lifetime.

The TF Speaker by Tom Fereday x Pitt & Giblin | Photography by Annika Kafcaloudis

‘Aver’ by Tom Fereday for Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Photography by Annika Kafcaloudis

‘Aver’ by Tom Fereday for Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Photography by Annika Kafcaloudis

KINDRED SPIRITS

Presented by Pieces of Eight

Mon 27 May – Sat 1 Jun, 2024

Pieces of Eight Gallery showcases exclusive and limited collections of contemporary jewellery and small art objects made by Australian and international makers. Representing emerging and established artisans, the gallery is dedicated to intelligent and innovative design.

The gallery will introduce ‘Kindred Spirits’ for Melbourne Design Week, a new collection by Tessa Blazey that delves into the timeless power of storytelling and our intimate connection with fictional characters. Evoking feelings of nostalgia, admiration, and empathy, Blazey explores sculptural forms using uniquely shaped gemstones and innovative settings. Presented on handmade custom jewellery boxes designed by Kate Rohde, these captivating pieces are bound to enthral, making them irresistible additions to your personal collection.

To purchase, please contact Pieces of Eight at info@piecesofeight.com.au. 

‘Showcase’ by Seb Brown Jewellery | Photography courtesy of Seb Brown

Showcase

Presented by Seb Brown

Thurs 23 May – Sat 1 Jun, 2024

Seb Brown’s jewellery is handcrafted in his Melbourne studio, an evolving exploration including accessories, small objects, drawing & painting. Characterised by a dedication to traditional techniques and premium materials, Brown infuses each piece with durability and beauty, incorporating bright stones and roughly polished precious metals.

Entitled ‘Showcase,’ Brown’s exhibition serves as a visual journey through the creative process behind his fine jewellery collection, housed within the Seb Brown showroom. Showcasing sketches, objects, etchings, and research materials, the exhibition offers insight into the evolution of design ideas from concept to creation. Designed by Sean Godsell, the laboratory-like showroom provides an ideal backdrop for the display of these intricate works, offering a glimpse into the workshop where each piece is meticulously crafted.

 

 

 

Melbourne Design Week runs from 23rd May – 2nd June 2024.

‘Showcase’ by Seb Brown Jewellery | Photography courtesy of Seb Brown

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