In partnership with Craft Victoria for their annual Craft Contemporary Festival, we are excited to present Dean Norton: Deeply Considered Design, an exhibition and talk, highlighting the award-winning practice of Melbourne-based furniture designer, Dean Norton.

Exhibition Dates
6–15th October, 2022

Designer Talk
Dean Norton – in conversation with Modern Times director, Amy Malin – expands on his practice and the work presented in the exhibition.

10am, Saturday 8th October
Wurundjeri, 311 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Sponsored by Everyday Coffee

Exhibition Partners
Craft Victoria
Everyday Coffee

Norton creates handcrafted limited production work that is thoughtful, evocative and finished with utmost consideration to detail and aesthetics.

Dean Norton: Deeply Considered Design offers a deep insight into Norton’s practice – showcasing his most exceptional designs from the Daylight lamps, Moodlum, and Containa series, alongside new work, prototypes, sketches and studio elements.

Facet Side is a to-scale prototype model. The concept for Facet Side is an exploration of forms from Norton's Moodlum, Float and Containa series.
Daylight Forever, a sculptural glass infinity lamp with a full spectrum globe that mimics the same natural light of the sun – a therapy lamp that aims to lift well being and boost creative energy.

Learn how Norton’s career as an interior designer informs his practice, how materials form the basis of his inspiration, and how Norton utilises form and finish to create dynamic interactions with the surrounding space.

Norton's process is illustrated with photography and elements from his studio within the exhibition.

Norton, describing his Moodlum series, states, “ The continuous sculptural form evolved from the idea of merging and adapting to an environment. No hard edges, I wanted the piece to flow into a space, whatever that space may be.”

When selecting materials Norton favours the performative – “I love how a reflective material like a mirror or zinc can change the dynamic of a space, like a piece of art…I try to create a piece that is reflective of space, bringing the space into the piece”, Norton explains.

The Mood Side table is represented through its evolution from original prototype, through various iterations, to the latest release - the Blue White Fade (pictured)
I love how a reflective material like a mirror or zinc can change the dynamic of a space, like a piece of art…I try to create a piece that is reflective of space, bringing the space into the piece”
— Dean Norton
Norton explores the unpredictable effects of compressing a pigmented resin between mirror and glass in the new GUM series.

In the five short years since Norton launched his own design studio, his work has captured the attention of the global design community and appreciators alike. His ‘Containa’ series was recently exhibited at Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week 2022, and his work has been shortlisted for numerous design awards, won the Vivid Emerging Designer Awards in 2021, as well as acquired for the NGV permanent collection.

Dean Norton in his studio. Dwell Magazine named Dean one the 'best new designers out there' as part of their 24 Rising Stars list, in the Sept/Oct 22 edition (yes, hot off the press!)

Craft Contemporary (1–31 October) is Craft Victoria’s annual festival amplifying the practice of craft in a state-wide gathering of talks, live demonstrations, exhibitions and more. Contemporary expressions of craft are explored within gallery, retail, educational and public spaces, calling attention to its ubiquitous and engaging presence.

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