Designers of Melbourne (which is pretty much all of you), start your engines: Melbourne Design week has announced a killer lineup for its 2018 offering which is set to go down from March 15-25. Though only in its second year, the program is exciting — a blend of practical, intimate and inspiring events catering to all types of design thinking.
Highlights of the program include a satellite program of events and shows across Melbourne and beyond, covering exhibitions by Elliat Rich, Eugenie Kawabata, Ben Landau and Lucile Sciallano and a series of architectural talks. LA Artist Jihan Zencirli — better known as Geronimo — will take over Hub Furniture's Abbotsford showroom with thousands of balloons for her installation Diminishing Elation. Geronimo's designs are known worldwide and have featured on Oprah and in a Kanye West concert. For the Melbourne exhibition, the colourful balloons will be 100% biodegradable.
Closer to home, the Victorian Design Challenge asks multi-disciplinary design teams to answer the questions "How might we increase the resilience of today's young people?'. With a $30,000 prize to help prototype your the winning idea, this is the kind of competition no young designer should miss.
They're also running a series of tours by Open House Melbourne, allowing us to grab a BTS look at creative and innovative businesses across the city. Also on the menu is the Melbourne Art Book Fair and talks by some of the world's most influential designers.
And they're still not done. The NGV is hosting a Triennial, displaying international art, design, and architecture across all four levels, with commissions from Formafantasma, Alexandra Kehayoglou, teamLaband Estudio Campana, Australian designers Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Elliat Rich, Joris Laarman, Iris van Herpen, Brodie Neill and Nendo. Clear your diaries now, this one's a biggie.
Melbourne Design Week is running from March 15–25, 2018.