NGV Presents 2024 Melbourne Design Week Program

Nigerian architect Tosin Oshinowo | Photography by Bashar Belal

Limbo Accra’s Super Limbo installation for the Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2023, curated by Tosin Oshiwono. | Photography by Edmund Sumner

From 23 May – 2 June, Australia’s largest and leading annual design festival returns with a variety of emerging and established designers from around Australia and internationally. 

Celebrating its eighth edition, the festival presents an 11-day program with 300+ idea-led symposiums, talks, and exhibitions across various disciplines, including object design, jewellery, and landscape architecture. With events spanning metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, it offers a unique opportunity to explore and engage with the vibrant design community across the state.

Exploring the theme of ‘Design the World you Want’, the program is driven by ideas on how design can reshape our surroundings. Each year, the festival invites artists and designers to envision and actualise the world they aspire to inhabit, daring to reimagine the status quo and craft solutions to the challenges of our time. The 2024 program focuses on energy, ethics, and ecology to reimagine existing systems and offer innovative design solutions to complex global challenges. ‘Energy’ examines how design can champion new technologies to enact society’s transition to renewables; ‘ethics’ demonstrates how societal values can guide design; and ‘ecology’ invites designers to respond to the physical environment and consider the influence of nature.

The MATTERS exhibition by Marlo Lyda | Photography by Alice Hutchison 

Program highlights feature a keynote address by acclaimed Nigerian architect Tosin Oshinowo, renowned for her groundbreaking architectural projects that have received international acclaim, including the stunning “Lekki Art Foundation” and the iconic “Museum of Architecture.” Following her pivotal role in curating the Sharjah Architectural Triennial, Oshinowo’s inclusion is eagerly anticipated, as it underscores her profound influence on shaping global conversations surrounding contemporary architectural practices.

Further program highlights include a symposium exploring speculative riverside designs for the Birrarung, the tenth year of the Melbourne Art Book Fair, and presentations by Visnja Brdar, Jessie French, Sruli Recht, and Ross Gardam. There is also a satellite program of events and exhibitions organised by the design community.

Galleries and design curators will present a series of exhibitions highlighting the inspiring scope of Australian designers with displays at Craft, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Tolarno, MUMA, Pieces of Eight, Useful Objects, and more. Australia’s leading showrooms, brands and design studios will also participate, with exhibitions taking place at venues including Aesop, Brickworks, Cult, Spacecraft, Tait, Living Edge, Mobilia, Christopher Boots and House Editions.

Creative director of House Editions and ceramic artist Claudia Lau with architect Joe Gauci-Seddon, director of Collective Territories.

Mixed-cultural First Nations designer Lisa Waup will showcase commercial textile and wallpaper designs in an installation presented with Willie Weston and Agency Projects. Revival Projects have salvaged five large Cypress Macrocarpa trees from Box Hill cemetery to create an exhibition of 100 timber urns, which will decompose and give life to new trees. Zachary Frankel will mentor young people in a series of workshops to build chairs using waste material, which will be exhibited during Melbourne Design Week.

Designer Ella Saddington will present Material Matters, which considers the longevity and sustainability of the materials that surround us. The exhibition MATTERS explores the themes of process, community, and longevity from designers including Adam Goodrum, Dean Norton, Jordan Fleming, and Marlo Lyda. The Melbourne Design Week Film Festival will present a series of films exploring the impact of architecture and design through the moving image, illustrating its power to inspire change and shape communities, cities, and the environment.

Last but not least, the 2024 Melbourne Design Week Award will be presented by MercedesBenz on the opening day of the design festival, recognising an outstanding contribution to the Design Week program. NGV and Stylecraft will announce the winner of the Australian Furniture Design Awards on the eve of Melbourne Design Week, which will be accompanied by an exhibition of the five shortlisted works at the Stylecraft showroom.

The full program will be announced in April 2024. For more information on Melbourne Design Week 2024 and the satellite program, visit the website here.

For more information on the Australian Furniture Design Award, including the competition timeline, jury, prizes and past winners, visit the NGV website here.

Pieces by House Editions and ceramic artist Claudia Lau.

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