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Get to know what’s on at Melbourne’s City Center – Saturday Indesign’s CBD Precinct line up is here!

Here’s a preview of what’s to come at the Saturday Indesign 2023.

Get to know what’s on at Melbourne’s City Center – Saturday Indesign’s CBD Precinct line up is here!

Saturday Indesign is almost here and we can’t wait! With a packed schedule that includes design previews, industry talks, pop-ups and installations, don’t forget to register now to unlock a full day of design discovery. 

With our exhibiting showrooms all located conveniently across Melbourne’s CBD, Richmond and Collingwood precincts, the best of design is just a tram stop away.

Want a preview of what’s to come in the heart of Melbourne? Look no further: we have summed up the best of the precinct, with exhibitors Aspect Furniture, Brickworks, HowGroup + Autex, Signature Floors, Sub-Zero Wolf + e&s + Omvivo and Winya ready to dazzle, here is what you can look forward to on September 2 in the CBD precinct at Saturday Indesign. 

Signature Floors hand-painted & embroidered artwork prize

Win big at the CBD

Coming along to the CBD precinct will give you the chance to win from a seriously loaded prize pool. Enter competitions that include prizes such as: one of Derek Swalwell artwork pieces, provided by Brickworks; a $1000 Jackalope Hotel Mornington Peninsula Gift Voucher, provided by Provided by HOW. and Autex; Habitat – a micro office that can be expanded and quickly adapted to accommodate a range of office needs and individual working styles, offered by Aspect Furniture; a hand-painted and embroidered artwork, created by the talented artists Maricor Maricar, thanks to Signature Floors

Check out these amazing prizes and how to enter the draw to win them here.

See bespoke installations and activations with The Project

The Project is one of the most highly anticipated features of Saturday Indesign. It is an opportunity for architects, designers and other creatives in the community to work with exhibiting companies and their products to create never before seen installations, visual displays and interactive experiences within showroom spaces. 

Each year, the teams respond to a brief provided by Saturday Indesign to produce an experiential feature that reflects the values, talents and stories of all parties involved.

For 2023, we’ve challenged Saturday Indesign exhibitors and creative partners to embrace their visionary side, transforming their spaces into a paradise of their own creation. Working to the theme of “utopias”. 

CBD Precinct have stepped up to the challenge with four collaborations set to transport you to a design utopia. Be sure to see these exclusive works from Maricor Maricar x Signature Floors, Indigenous Creators from Naarm & Nationally x Winya, Internal Design Team x Aspect Furniture and RMIT x HOW. + Autex Acoustics.

For more creative inspiration, don’t miss our bespoke installations. Head to the Brickworks showroom to experience the captivating work of David Swalwell or immerse yourself in an Indigenous Art Projection by Vicki Couzens, hosted by Winya

Be the first to see new products being launched

Aspect Furniture are using Saturday Indesign to launch Habitat, a light, flexible, modular system that can be expanded and quickly adapted to accommodate a range of individual working styles. Perfect for hybrid working and the blending between home and office life, Habitat micro-environments are made from a simple kit of parts that deliver high-performing acoustics and can be set up in under 30 minutes. 

Better yet – Aspect are giving you the chance to win their brand new product as part of our Saturday Indesign prize suites.  

Step into the HOW showroom to experience an exclusive showcase of furniture, including the harmonious Adapt workstation and Shelf+ system, along with fresh designs from Local and Overseas Designers, all tailored for your next commercial project.

Explore the Autex showroom to discover an array of innovative and sustainable acoustic treatments, including their latest product, Lanes™ – a circular and modular 3D acoustic panel system. Get firsthand views of locally crafted workstation desk screens and a groundbreaking collaboration with Willie Weston, showcasing their dedication to sustainability and creativity.

CBD is the centre of knowledge at Saturday Indesign

The CBD precinct is delivering on learning and education, with timed events including talks and Saturday Indesign Design Discussions running all day long. Grab a coffee and start your day off at 9:30am at Signature Floors with a Q&A with Maricor Maricar designer (session repeated at 3:00pm), followed by some insights into sustainability at ‘Materials of Tomorrow’ talk at 11:30am at Aspect Furniture

At 11:00am head over to Brickworks to join the Saturday Indesign Design Discussion ‘Growing graduates into leaders and join an intimate conversation bringing together the views of early career architects and senior practitioners to address the benefits and challenges of a contemporary design education against the reality of day-to-day practice. 

The afternoon heats up over at Sub-Zero Wolf + e&s + Omvivo as they host the next Design Discussion: Hybrid at heart: Future of kitchens and bathrooms from 2:00pm. Join to explore how the past few years, and our additional time at home has changed our views – and aspirations – for our kitchens and bathrooms. 

Supercharge your learning with CPD points over at Winya with a must-see presentation on cultural appropriation and Indigenous design principles, at 10:30am head to HowGroup & Autex to hear from the team behind their Saturday Indesign Project installation and stick around for their industry panel that will discuss the importance of connectivity as a utopian value for future sustainable design. Then, head back to Sub-Zero Wolf + e&s + Omvivo for Champagne and Oyster Hour with David Hicks.

With this, and much much more to learn and discover at CBD precinct, be sure to check out our what’s on page for full details. 

Treat yourself with the CBD’s hospitality offerings

With so much to see, learn and experience, make sure you’ve got pit stops planned to let you fuel up for the rest of your design adventure. 

Early risers can start their day with a selection of breakfast, pastries and coffees offered at Brickworks, HowGroup + Autex, Signature Floors, Sub-Zero Wolf + e&s + Omvivo and Winya

Get something more substantial at lunchtime, with Winya’s Midday Delight or Lunch by Michael Smith and Sub-Zero Wolf, e&s & Omvivo serving up some serious flavour.

As the sun starts to set, make a stop for an afternoon delight, with a ‘Utopia” Cocktail Hour at HowGroup + Autex, Brickworks’ Antipasto Afternoon, Archie Rose cocktails & brunch at Aspect Furniture, Indigenous-inspired Cocktails at Winya, as well as many grazing tables and cocktail hours precinct wide. 

As SID comes to an end, gather at Signature Floors to cheers the day before the Official After Party kicks off at 7:00pm. Haven’t already snapped up your afterparty ticket? Get it here now! 

For more details, select ‘hospitality’ for CBD on our What’s On page and follow your senses to the best hospitality offerings across the CBD precinct during your Saturday Indesign. 

Getting around on the day

Thanks to our transport partners, Neolith, each exhibitor location is connected by our free all-day hop-on hop-off bus loop. Event handbooks and interactive maps will be available on the day.

Register today for your chance to go in the running for our prize pool of over $20,000. See you there, 2 September.

We can’t wait to see you at #saturdayindesign 

Find out what’s happening in our other Saturday Indesign precincts: Collingwood,  Richmond. End your day with a bang, secure your tickets to the Official Saturday Indesign After Party here.

Key event details:

Saturday Indesign
2 September, 2023
Key design locations across Melbourne
Free to attend! Register now!

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