Design:Made:Trade 2009 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton
Gertrude st Projection Festival - always brilliant! Here Ian de Gruchy's giant polka dots grace the Gertrude Hotel from last year's event (more here...)
Paper Plane Academy 2009 - incredible! (more shots below)
Did you know that Melbourne's annual design festival, State of Design is nearly upon us!? Did you know it starts this Wednesday!?
Now there is a LOT on. You really need to visit the website and make some diary notes...! But in an effort to be semi-helpful, I thought I might list the Top 10 events worth seeing at State of Design, in my humble opinion. (Please don't hate me if your event is not listed here... there are sooo many - this is just a small sample)
Ok.. deep breath!
General not-to-be-missed Events
1) Design:Made: Trade -
Some of this year's D:M:T exhibitors include Buro North (Green X-mas Trees, top left), Volker Haug (top right - his brand new Daisy lights), Trent Jansen (Sign stools, bottom left), and my Mum's HookTurn Industries, with their fantabulous BYO coffee cups!
Design:Made:Trade is the best place to see the work of over 80 local designers and makers, all in one place. It is the friendly, indie equivalent to those huge exhausting industry trade shows... giving local and emerging designers a unique platform to reach thousands of visitors over 4 huge days.
Design:Made Trade is at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton again this year... it's going to be a really fantastic hub with so so so many things going on alongside D:M:T. For instance, The Long Table, running the length of the Exhibition Building, will host a variety of workshops, discussions, a design mini library (thanks to Magnation!) and a café. All at one super long table! Seriously awesome.
ALSO worth mentoning, State of Design's organisers are really keen to get local bloggers in on the action, and have kindly set up a 'Blogger's Lounge' at the Exhibition Building especially for us! Here local bloggers are welcome to have a seat, re-charge their batteries and make use of free wi-fi in order to blog and tweet live from the festival! (BYO laptop). I should have also requested a hammock. I may need forty winks between events!
Open to trade / media this Thursday 15th and Friday 16th July.
Open to the public Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July.
$10.00 - pre-purchase tickets online
See my pics of last year's Design:Made:Trade here!
2) Iron Designer -
This ever-popular event is set to be another crowd-pleaser - the heat will be on as eight new challengers including Tin & Ed, Hecker Phelan Guthrie, Right Angle Studio and Studio Round square off for the people’s ovation and fame forever.
Inspired by their Japanese cooking counterparts, the challengers work in a pressure cooker style design-off. Teams are given 20 minutes to impress the judges with their innovative use of the battle’s key ingredients... presented by Melbourne's very clever Studio Binocular.
Friday 23rd July, 6.30pm
$33.00 - book here
Self guided daytime walking fun
3) Look. Stop. Shop -
Presented by City of Melbourne, Look.Stop.Shop is a design-led walk through Melbourne’s City Centre, where a select group of retailers have created special window displays and in-store installations exploring sustainable design.
There is a cute guide map which you can download from the SoD website - the line-up seems really interesting and diverse, with contributions from big-name department stores, tiny boutiques, designer-owned spaces, and pop-up shops (of course!).