Best of design on show

19 May 2023

Australia’s largest annual international design event, Melbourne Design Week, is underway with a packed program of exhibitions, talks, films, tours and workshops across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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Art Book Fair 2022. Photo Tobias Titz

Running until 28 May, the event celebrates the diversity and excellence of Australian design and architecture and is a vital platform to profile Australian talent, from emerging to established practitioners.

This year’s event includes Melbourne Design Fair, Australia’s largest presentation of contemporary and twentieth century collectible design by leading Australian and international practitioners.

The Fair, which premiered at last year’s Design Week, has moved to a larger location at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and runs until 21 May.

It features the work of more than 150 designers, offering visitors the chance to purchase one of a kind, limited edition and small batch items including furniture, lighting and contemporary jewellery.

Now in its seventh year, Melbourne Design Week is a Victorian Government initiative, led by National Gallery of Victoria’s Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture. The event has grown from 100 programs in 2017 to more than 350 last year.

More than 55,000 people attended the 2022 festival, making it the country’s leading design event.

Other Design Week events include the Melbourne Art Book Fair, which runs at the NGV from May 19-21, and has a satellite program of events across regional Victoria, including Castlemaine, Ballarat and Geelong.

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