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Melbourne Design Week 2024 | (MATTERS) at Villa Alba

MATTERS, a collaborative platform and exhibition host initiated by Marlo Lyda and Jordan Fleming, is rooted in the fundamental question of ‘What matters to you?’ It champions the significance of time and intention in the design process, anchored by its commitment to three core thematic pillars: process, community, and longevity.

Following the resounding success of their 2023 exhibition (NO THINGS), MATTERS returns to claim Villa Alba Museum as its home and heartbeat for Melbourne Design Week 2024. The incredible cast of makers that starred in their group show last year joins them again for the second instalment (SOME THINGS), a three-year exploration shedding light on the creativity inherent in experimental design processes. Audiences are invited on a tactile journey showcasing material samples, interpreted tools, and experimental forms against the beautiful and historical backdrop of Villa Alba.

Alongside their group show, a much larger exhibition takes over the entirety of Villa Alba Museum, bringing together a community of Australia’s most notable and emerging designers, artists, and makers, including Tom Fereday, FREEMAN Gallery, Adam Goodrum, Jon Goulder, Marlo Lyda, Innate Collection, Object Density, Kate Benazi, Studio Tops, Dean Norton, Jordan Fleming, Ben McCarthy, and Zella Casey Brown.

Discover MATTERS and explore what it means to design with intention, process, and longevity in mind.

MATTERS is on view from May 24-27 at Villa Alba. Entry is free, and no booking is required.

Tom Fereday’s ‘Mazer’ collection at the (MATTERS) exhibition at Villa Alba for Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Photography by Sean Fennessey

Tom Fereday’s ‘Mazer’ collection at the (MATTERS) exhibition at Villa Alba for Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Photography by Sean Fennessey

‘Chromatic Process’ by Dean Norton at the (MATTERS) exhibition at Villa Alba for Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Photography by Sean Fennessey

Object Density at the (MATTERS) exhibition at Villa Alba for Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Photography by Sean Fennessey

A curated collection of works presented by FREEMAN Gallery at the (MATTERS) exhibition at Villa Alba for Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Photography by Sean Fennessey

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