Investing in the Creative – Melbourne Design Fair by the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Art Foundation

Words by Olivia Hides
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy

In collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has launched the inaugural Melbourne Design Fair. Presented from 16 – 20 March 2022, the Fair brings together local designers, both emerging and established, to celebrate innovation and investment in quality, collectible design.

Crafted in response to the growing demand for contemporary collectible design within the Australian industry, the Melbourne Design Fair provides the public with the rare opportunity to access exclusive and limited-edition pieces. Supported by the Victorian Government, the event celebrates the legacy of design and its position within the creative culture of Australia.

Installation view of Jam Factory presenting works by Connie Augoustinos, Clare Belfrage, Selinda Davidson, Liam Fleming, Susan Frost, Calum Hurley, Duncan Young, Noah Hartley, Ayano Yoshizumi and Duncan Young on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Local Design presenting works by Emma Elizabeth of Emma Elizabeth Designs, Tom Fereday, Andrew Simpson of Vert Design, Tom Skeehan of Skeehan Studio, Luke Storrier and Anna Varendorff of ACV Studio on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of James Lemon’s work on sale at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa

Housed in Abbotsford’s Warehouse 16, the showcase features two exhibitions, PRESENT and SELECT.

Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy

Housed in Abbotsford’s Warehouse 16, the showcase features two exhibitions, PRESENT and SELECT. Curated by NGV, PRESENT encompasses works from Modern Times, Design Tasmania, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Studio Roland Snooks, Sullivan+Strumpf, Agency Projects, C. Gallery, Christopher Boots, Craft, JamFactory, Local Design and Broached Commissions. SELECT is comprised of over 35 Australian designers curated by Simone LeAmon, NGV’s Hugh Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, with the opportunity to not only view but also purchase the selected works.

Bringing together influential designers, collectors, curators, makers and artists, Melbourne Design Fair aims to cultivate a commercial market for rare and collectable design within Australia. The inaugural exhibition is currently open, encouraging both participation and the sale of pieces of some of the most reputable designers in the country.

Installation view of Broached Commissions presenting works by Broached Commissions and Trent Jansen on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Design Tasmania presenting works by Laura McCusker, Brodie Neill, Scott Van Tuil and Belinda Winkler on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Design Tasmania presenting works by Laura McCusker, Brodie Neill, Scott Van Tuil and Belinda Winkler on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Jam Factory presenting works by Connie Augoustinos, Clare Belfrage, Selinda Davidson, Liam Fleming, Susan Frost, Calum Hurley, Duncan Young, Noah Hartley, Ayano Yoshizumi and Duncan Young on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Craft Victoria presenting works by Jessie French, Anastasia la Fey, Vanessa Lucas, Jessica Murtagh, Yoko Ozawa, Caro Pattle, Owen Rye, Kenny (Yong-soo) Son of Studiokyss, Belle Thierry, Danielle Thiris, Dean Toepfer, Lisa Waup, and Misseu on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Craft Victoria presenting works by Jessie French, Anastasia la Fey, Vanessa Lucas, Jessica Murtagh, Yoko Ozawa, Caro Pattle, Owen Rye, Kenny (Yong-soo) Son of Studiokyss, Belle Thierry, Danielle Thiris, Dean Toepfer, Lisa Waup, and Misseu on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Gallery Sally Dan- Cuthbert presenting works by Don Cameron, Tarryn Gill, Olive Gill-Hille, Michael Gittings Trent Jansen, Johnny Nargoodah Abdullah, M. I. Syed Sabine, Marcelis Adam, Markowitz, Zhu Ohmu , Rive Roshan, David Tate, Ivana Taylor, Jonathan West, Damien Wright and TibetSydney on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Gallery Sally Dan- Cuthbert presenting works by Don Cameron, Tarryn Gill, Olive Gill-Hille, Michael Gittings Trent Jansen, Johnny Nargoodah Abdullah, M. I. Syed Sabine, Marcelis Adam, Markowitz, Zhu Ohmu , Rive Roshan, David Tate, Ivana Taylor, Jonathan West, Damien Wright and TibetSydney on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Agency Projects presenting works by Pedro Wonaeamirri of Jilamara Arts and Crafts on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Local Design presenting works by Emma Elizabeth of Emma Elizabeth Designs, Tom Fereday, Andrew Simpson of Vert Design, Tom Skeehan of Skeehan Studio, Luke Storrier and Anna Varendorff of ACV Studio on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Sullivan+Strumpf presenting works by Kirsten Coelho, Natalya Hughes and Sanné Mestrom, on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Modern Times presenting works by Ashley Corbett- Smith of Corbet, Ash Fischer of Fischinc, Zachary Frankel, Emily Hamann of Ignem Terrae Ceramics, James Howe, Nicole Lawrence, Dean Norton, Ebony Russell, Kenny Yong-soo Son, Bettina Willner, Henry Wilson of Studio Henry Wilson, Steven John Clark of denHolm on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of C.Gallery presenting works by Ben Mazey on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Sophie Gannon Gallery presenting works by Danielle Brustman, Elliat Rich and Makiko Ryujin on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Christopher Boots work on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy Installation view of Christopher Boots work on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Agency Projects presenting works by Pedro Wonaeamirri of Jilamara Arts and Crafts on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Agency Projects presenting works by Pedro Wonaeamirri of Jilamara Arts and Crafts on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Agency Projects presenting works by Pedro Wonaeamirri of Jilamara Arts and Crafts on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Remnants of a Future Architecture 2022 by Roland Snooks of Studio Roland Snooks on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa Installation view of Remnants of a Future Architecture 2022 by Roland Snooks of Studio Roland Snooks on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa
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Installation view of Remnants of a Future Architecture 2022 by Roland Snooks of Studio Roland Snooks on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa
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Installation view of works by Christopher Boots on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa
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Installation view of works by Christopher Boots on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa
Installation view of works by Christopher Boots on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa Installation view of Remnants of a Future Architecture 2022 by Roland Snooks of Studio Roland Snooks on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-2 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Helen Kontouris’ work Transmogrify 2022 on for sale at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
Installation view of design works on display at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Sean Fennessy
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Installation view of James Lemon’s work on sale at Melbourne Design Fair from 16 – 20 March, presented by NGV in collaboration with Melbourne Art Foundation during Melbourne Design Week 2022 from 17-27 March 2022. Photo: Tim Carrafa