The best of Melbourne Design Week


With over 100 exhibitions across Melbourne and regional Victoria, it's hard to see them all. We've checked some of them out and made a list of the best exhibitions at MDW.


Presented by House Editions and Collective Territories

This event presents conceptual and material processes from the design collaboration between Collective Territories and House Editions. The exhibition comprises material tests, conceptual objects, and scale models, presented within a process stage of the House Editions showroom. 

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Presented by Magma Galleries

Immerse yourself in the unique circular space designed by Tom Kovac as Drez transforms the mezzanine into an intimate dwelling, captivating viewers through light, colour, and interaction. Working within the optical art canon, the sculpture is a resin poured art object. The light is designed to alter space through the use of interactive light elements controlled by the user via a smartphone.

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Presented by Useful Objects

Through materials, ideas and forms, a group of designers flesh out the impulse to want and question whether the object of desire is the catalyst or endpoint of this fundamental force. The first half of the exhibition is a rejoinder to the influence the rampant drive has over the design industry, while the second half celebrates the sensation itself, as a source of meaning and transcendence.

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Presented by Craft Victoria

Six designers, makers and artists respond to the allure, practicality, and ethics of aluminium and showcase the versatile applications of this metal within contemporary material practice.Through this exhibition, waste aluminium is repositioned as a prized local material, reclaimed and mindfully used to produce sculptural and practical objects of design. The exhibition joins the discussion on the complexities of working with raw materials in contemporary material practice.

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Presented by Meagan Streader and Billy Horn

Squiggles and Cubes is a collection of functional sculptures informed by, and responding to, the art practice of Meagan Streader and the furniture designs of Billy Horn. Meagan and Billy are inspired by the idea of testing materials, exercising different techniques and playing with aesthetics. With this spirit they have created a collection of lights, sculptures, furniture and objects.

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Presented by The Company You Keep

Explore the evolving symbolism of Red in response to time, context and culture in an exhibition at design studio The Company You Keep. The exhibition will display objects curated by OIGÅLL PROJECTS in collaboration with various artists. Red is the first chapter in Applied Semiotics by The Company You Keep, a research project that examines the etymology of semiotic codes across culture and design.

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Presented by Calum Hurley and Andy TT

Soft is a deviation from its counterpart, HARD, offering a sanctuary of ethereal and delicate works and experiences. This exhibition is a tribute to the tender aspects of life, those moments of quiet reflection and the subtleties that often go unnoticed in our fast-paced world. Soft is designed and curated to remind us of the importance of embracing softness in our lives, of finding beauty in the understated, and of the power of vulnerability.

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