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17 February 2017

From high density living to life-changing Australian innovations, the first Melbourne Design Week presented by the National Gallery of Victoria is primed to explore the value of design in Victoria from 16 to 26 March.

Does blak design matter? Presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust with Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria.

Part of the Victorian Government's strategy to strengthen the state's growing design industry, the program will showcase both local and international design innovators. Expect talks by leading design experts, design-focused exhibitions, tours, panel discussions and industry events which will be held at NGV International and partner venues throughout the city.

During the week, 15 businesses across Victoria will open their doors to the public to reveal how they have used design to transform how they work and add value to their business. Called Open State, this new initiative is presented in partnership with Open House Melbourne.

Other Melbourne Design Week highlights include:

  • High Density Happiness: Design-focused and socially led Melbourne developers Neometro will present a panel discussion on good apartment design with leading local architects.
  • Innovators – Australian Design and Innovation:  An exhibition celebrating design and innovation from Australia including Wi-Fi, the bionic ear, polymer banknotes and their innovators.
  • Going Dutch: Can Dutch Design Values Improve our Living?:  A panel of Melbourne-based Dutch designers will explore how we Dutch design approaches could help tackle big issues facing Melbourne.
  • Creating the Contemporary Chair: An exhibition at NGV International celebrating creativity and innovation in chair design.
  • Does blak design matter? The Koorie Heritage Trust and Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria will host a panel discussion about contemporary Indigenous design, moderated by journalist Daniel Browning. 
  • Contemporary Jewellery Trail Walking Tour: A guided tour through the studios and galleries of Melbourne jewellery designers.

The new Melbourne Design Week is the centrepiece of the Victorian Design Program, a Victorian Government initiative presented by the NGV, which will offer a year-round calendar of design-focused public and industry events. It's an action of Creative State, Victoria's first creative industries strategy which was developed following extensive industry consultation.

The full program for Melbourne Design Week 2017 is available at designweek.melbourne