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Design the world you want, with Melbourne Design Week

The 2023 program for Melbourne Design Week is now live online, and it’s taking over the city, as well as the state. Here’s a taste of what’s to come.

Design the world you want, with Melbourne Design Week

The Silo Project presented by Josee Vesely-Manning, with designers pictured left to right: Pascale Gomes McNabb, Marta Figueiredo, Danielle Brustman and Bolaji Teniola, photography by Annika Kafcaloudis.

Melbourne Design Week (MDW), Australia’s largest annual international design event, is returning 18-28 May with a lineup of innovative and engaging projects. Presented by Creative Victoria in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), you’ll be able to engage with the program through exhibitions, talks, films, tours, and workshops across the city and regional Victoria, too.

Led by NGV’s Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, 2023 edition will continue to explore the theme of “Design The World You Want” and introduce three thought-provoking pillars of Transparency, Currency, and Legacy.

Leading brands and showrooms putting on a MDW show include APATO, Articolo Lighting, BACHLI Furniture, Castorina & Co, Coco Flip, Cult Design x Mater Earth Gallery, Domestic Fantasies, Flack Studio, Fred International, GLAAS Inc, Modern Times, Mud Australia, Open Room, and pépite.

The NGV’s own program highlights will see the Melbourne Design Fair return, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 18-21 May. There’s also the crowd-pleasing Melbourne Art Book Fair which will have publications galore at the Stallholder Fair in the Great Hall at NGV International.

NGV director, Tony Ellwood AM, says MDW is integral to Australia’s design sector, platforming and celebrating innovation across the industry “spanning furniture and collectible design to food technology, sustainable material exploration, and the medical field”.

Also on show at MDW is Melbourne Now showcasing more than 200 Victorian-based designers and artists. As part of this exhibition are panel discussions about how Melbourne-based designers, brands, and manufacturers are contributing to the dynamic landscape of applied creativity in Melbourne. 

MDW has grown in scope and scale from 100 programs in 2017 to more than 350 in 2022. Over 55,000 people attended the 2022 festival, making it Australia’s leading and largest design event. Will 2023 beat previous records? We shall soon find out!

Melbourne Design Week runs 18-28 May 2023.

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