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7 December 2018

The largest-ever international presentation of Victorian design wraps up this weekend at Asia’s premier design event, Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BODW).

Yarra Pools by WOWOWA

This year Melbourne has taken centre stage as the event’s partner city, showcasing a program of 200+ designers, design organisations and institutions under the theme ‘Think · Collaborate · Create’.

The Melbourne Pavilion, featuring the Shared Values exhibition curated by the NGV’s Ewan McEoin and Co-curator Phip Murray, has been a key component of the program.

Made up of 100+ projects that explore the diversity and international impact of design from Melbourne and Victoria, the exhibition has revealed the myriad ways in which design can create economic, social, ecological and cultural value across the themes of play, learning, wellbeing, identity, making and invention.

Highlights have included:

  • WOWOWA Architecture’s ‘Yarra Pools’ (see video above), a proposal to turn an under-used section of the Yarra River’s north bank into a thriving, water-based community facility;
  • the award-winning International Indigenous Design Charter, a joint Deakin University and Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria protocol document for respectful representation of Indigenous culture in design practice;
  • Rip Curl’s Flashbomb Heat Seeker wetsuit; and
  • the nuraphone by nura, the world's only headphones that automatically learn and adapt to your hearing.

More than 25 Melburnians have presented, speaking at Business of Design Week and related events. Representing the wide variety of design disciplines, speakers have included: Clare Cousins, Director, Clare Cousins Architects and President, Australian Institute of Architects; Anne-Laure Cavigneaux, Creative Director, MARCH Studio; Rob Adams, Director City Design & Projects, City of Melbourne; and designer and researcher, Leah Heiss of RMIT University, creator of the award-winning Facett modular user-programmable hearing aid.

Coinciding with BoDW, Victoria’s largest-ever international fashion design program has also been on show, celebrating the depth, diversity and creativity of Victorian fashion with nearly 90 designers from Melbourne.

The Victorian design sector contributes more than $5 billion to the Victorian economy including $400 million in design-related exports. Victoria’s tertiary institutions educate more designers than any other state, including the largest share (30%) of international students studying design in Australia.

Melbourne’s presence at Business of Design Week is a Creative State action, presented by Creative Victoria in collaboration with the Australian Fashion Council, Australian Graphic Design Association, Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia.

Find out more about the program