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Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Zachary Frankel and Ma House present FABRIC

Fabric speaks to our emotions. From childhood blankets to cherished heirlooms, fabric carries cultural and personal memories, weaving together the joy and depth of our unique human experiences.

It is with this notion that Zachary Frankel’s design and craftsmanship, paired with Ben Mooney’s art direction and curation, converge in the exhibition ‘FABRIC’. Together, as part of Melbourne Design Week, they delve into the intricate ways fabric shapes our surroundings and evokes emotions, from the comforting embrace of a sofa to the gentle touch against the skin.

Bringing a unique perspective to material exploration, Frankel’s obsession with innovation has led him to experiment with a wide range of mediums, from metals to recycled plastics and stone. Through his work in furniture, objects, lighting, and sculpture, he continues to push the boundaries of design, creating pieces that blur the line between art and functionality. A standout piece in the exhibition collection includes the ‘Fancy Old or New Drinks Cabinet’; his take on the 16th century linenfold motif. Carved by hand, it’s hard not to appreciate the level of time and dedication that went into making each intricate fold. 

The ‘FABRIC’ exhibition by Zachary Frankel and Ma House | Photography by Charlie Hawks

The ‘Fancy Old or New Drinks Cabinet’ as part of the ‘FABRIC’ exhibition by Zachary Frankel and Ma House | Photography by Charlie Hawks

Zachary Frankel for Melbourne Design Week 2024 | Photography by Charlie Hawks

The ‘FABRIC’ exhibition by Zachary Frankel and Ma House | Photography by Charlie Hawks

Reflecting on his process, Frankel shares, “First, the pattern is drawn up with the folds transcribed onto the ends of the timber board. The panels are then first carved using traditional moulding planes to create the vertical undulations and then carved using chisels to create the ribbons. A lot of work goes into the finessing of the detail to create the realistic feeling of fabric.

As the owner and operator of Ma House in Collingwood, Mooney channels his lifelong passion for objects and furniture into curating unique collections. With a keen eye for both antique and contemporary pieces, Ma House serves as a treasure trove of design inspiration, reflecting his deep appreciation for craftsmanship and aesthetics.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, June 2nd, 2024, as part of Melbourne Design Week. No bookings required; simply visit Ma House Supply Store at 54 Johnston St, Collingwood, VIC 3066. 

The ‘FABRIC’ exhibition by Zachary Frankel and Ma House | Photography by Charlie Hawks

The ‘FABRIC’ exhibition by Zachary Frankel and Ma House | Photography by Charlie Hawks

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