OK so I hope you have a strong cup of coffee this morning… because after much consideration I have decided to post ALL of my Design:Made:Trade highlights here in one very loooong post! Aggh. So much to look at!
In all honesty, I had originally planned to cover the State of Design festival in a very organised fashion using photo galleries and a guest blog, both of which are exciting features of The Design Files brand new WordPress site(!!) – which was supposed to launch last week. BUT of course as is the nature of technical things, there have been a few last-minute hiccups, and unfortunately the new site is still not quite ready to go… thus I have no swish new photo galleries, and no choice but to post all pics in full right here!
Ah well. Onward and upwards.
HOW awesome was Design:Made:Trade on the weekend!? Seriously! I should know because I may or may not have spent four out of the last four days at the Exhibition Building. Sad but true. There was just so much brilliant local design to see! I loved the more ‘open’ layout this year (last year’s D:M:T was a bit of a rabbit warren), and I must say the free wi-fi made me one very happy blogger. FREE WI-FI people! Few things make me so excited.
It was an excellent idea to locate lots of other fun events within the Exhibition Building alongside D:M:T – it really created such a great buzz in the building. Sanctuary Magazine’s speed dating with architects was a resounding success – brilliant to see so many festival-goers all prepared with notes, houseplans and even lap-tops(!), snatching 10 minutes of valuable face time with some of Melbourne’s best green / sustainable architects at the Long Table! Also I truly cannot describe the sheer brilliance of Jones-Chijoff‘s Paper Plane Academy – I have never seen so many tiny happy people in one room. Brilliant!
As far as exhibitors go, it was particularly great to see so many brand new designs on show… I loved Trent Jansen‘s simple but genius bike reflectors made from re-purposed reflective road signs, also loved Melbourne designer Kate Stoke’s new Coco Pendant light at Tongue + Groove, Volker Haug‘s new hand-woven daisy lights are even more beautiful in the flesh.. as were Tim Fleming’s new Flatland vessels / planters.
Other highlights worth mentioning include -
Best new festival initiative for 2010 – Free Wi-fi!
Best stand design - Yellow Diva for their excellent gilt-framed cubicle – nice work!
Best international accent - Festival photographer Tobias Titz by a narrow margin with lighting designer Volker Haug a close second.
Cutest couple award goes to Perth based Jayden and Jessica from B&M felt who make fabulous things from imported high density felt in the most brilliant range of colours (they didn’t want me to make a big deal about them being ‘together’ but truly they are so gorgeous I could not help myself – soorrry dudes!)
Best death stares – Hookturn vs. Keep Cup. It’s on!
Most popular - Sanctuary Magazine’s architects at the Long Table – inundated!
Least popular - evil ‘Warden’ clamping down on photography… yeah yeah I get it, but really, how is one supposed to blog this thing without taking photos?!
Ok enough waffling from me… hope you enjoy the pics!
Tongue + Groove showed some excellent locally-designed lighting… My favourite was Kate Stoke’s new timber / aluminium Coco pendant (top right).
Lox + Savvy back again with vibrant neon stationary… How good is the wacky printed wrapping paper!?
Julie Paterson at her very popular Cloth stand… love her hand-printed linen skirt in one of Cloth’s most popular designs!
Loved Harvest Textiles beautiful hand-printed creations and DIY craft kits at Craft Victoria’s stand. ‘Bat in a Bag’ – genius!
After seeing Darcy Clarke‘s lights in Milan earlier this year is was great to meet him here at D:M:T! Lovely lighting and furniture all hand-made in Western Australia.
More lovely laptop cases! The ‘Shuky’ is an envelope-style design in Italian leather (it felt really beautiful), by This Is accessories. They also do these slightly peculiar but seemingly very popular corian twisted bracelets and accessories.
Last but not least! From WoopWoop is a brand new Melbourne start-up who showed a kooky range of recycled cork tableware… cute Australiana-inspired prints with pop-out coasters and trivets.