The design fair to rival all design fairs is coming this March.

We are very proud to announce our participation in the upcoming inaugural Melbourne Design Fair.

Crinkle Lamp by Zachary Frankel.

The first Melbourne Design Fair is an initiative of the National Gallery of Victoria and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation. The event will be the first of its kind in Australia to highlight contemporary collectable design and break new ground in the presentation, promotion and sale of collectable contemporary design in Australia.

I'm truly grateful to be presenting my work with Modern Times alongside so many designers, artists, and makers that I admire. It feels like the Melbourne Design Fair is starting something really special for the future of Australian design, and I'm just happy and excited to be a part of that. ”
— Dean Norton
003 Concave Convex Mirror by Dean Norton
Photographed by Mischa Baka.
This is a watershed moment for design in Australia and we are absolutely thrilled to be invited and share this opportunity with our community of designers and makers. Visit our booth to see the best in collectible contemporary Australian design by both established and emerging designers who we’ve been working with over the last few years. You will find us in the PRESENTS section alongside a select group of Australia’s esteemed design galleries and organisations. What an experience it will be for all of us to attend an event that brings together collectible design from across Australia that will, “delight, challenge and inspire us to think differently about the rituals of everyday life and the ideas, and the materials and making they employ.” (Design Fair – MDW 2022)
Australia has some incredible designers and design talent, and for the last several years while design has really been pushed and matured internationally, without a platform here, designers have not had a chance to showcase their more explorative or conceptual work. Collectors locally have had to source the more interesting pieces from overseas for the last few years, so it is wonderful to have a means to connect with them. ”
— Ashley Corbett-Smith of Corbet
Lucha Floor Lamp by FISCINC.
It is an honour to be exhibiting at this incredible design fair. Melbourne is ripe for a show like this as we have so much incredible talent to showcase. I am so proud to share our work with a discerning crowd of design lovers but we are the most excited about seeing all the other incredible works that will be shown during this fair.”
— Nicole Lawrence

For Modern Times at Melbourne Design Fair discover new work, special editions and greatest hits by designers including by Dean Norton, Ebony Russell, Zachary Frankel, Nicole Lawrence, James Howe, Ashley Corbett-Smith (of Corbet), Studio Henry Wilson, Bettina Willner, Ash Fischer (of FISCHINC), Steven John Clark, Kenny Yong-soo Son, and Emily Hamann (of Ignem Terrae Ceramics).

“It has been a privilege to witness the growing appreciation for contemporary Australian design over recent years,” Modern Times Director Amy Malin said.

“I’m encouraged to see terms like functional art and collectable design becoming more broadly used and understood. And the idea that a design work can interrogate ideas and provoke discussion in the same way a ‘work of art’ can. As a community we are incredibly lucky to have people like Ewan McEoin and Simone LeAmon (Curators of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the NGV) spearheading this shift with their hands-on involvement in Design Week, directly engaging with galleries and designers and getting behind events such as the Melbourne Design Fair. The launch of Melbourne Design Fair will surely be the event to cement Australia as globally recognised destination for design. What an exciting time for design in Australia!”

Asperatus, Common Ground Dining Table by Corbet.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

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