The Design Files Open House FILM !!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 21st February 2012

The Design Files Open House FILM ! – directed by Jessica Leski (if you can’t see the above preview, view on Vimeo here)

DEAREST readers!  I know this is a good 2.5 months post event, but we don’t care, we are still SUPER excited to share with you a short film about The Design Files Open House event we staged in December last year!

Whilst many of you might have seen the website, many photos and lots of lovely coverage which we were super lucky to receive late last year, nothing quite beats the moving image to give a real indication of the buzzing atmosphere and general exhaustion levels :)

IF you can’t see the film above, please view it over here on Vimeo!  I hope you don’t mind hearing my annoying voice for 3 whole minutes because that is what you are in for, people.

MASSIVE thanks to my dear friend Jessica Leski who whipped up a friendly little film crew at a moment’s notice to come and shoot this footage, and put this special little film together for us.  (You might recall Ms Leski is responsible for The Ball – a beautiful film (blogged here), which was nominated for an AFI this year (!!) – and is now available to download on iTunes!)

Film Crew

Edited and directed by Jessica Leski

Shot by Edward Goldner

Additional Camera – Ash Koek

Stills – Sean Fennessy

Thanks also to the very talented local bands who have generously allowed usage of their music for this film. DO show you support by checking them out! –

Music by

The Bon Scotts

The I’lls’

The Honeypies

This sweet little film will premiere on the BIG SCREEN tonight at Rooftop Cinema, just before The September Issue!  Is it sold out yet?  I have no idea!  Tickets here if not.  See you there!

I am struggling not to do the whole epic Open House thankyou list again… sponsors, staff, volunteers, friends, husbands, boyfriends, family – you know who you are – THANKYOU!   Massive thanks in particular to Jenny Butler for doing the longest hours ever, and big props to Esther Navarro-Orejon from The Project Agency – our chief collaborator on this project.

If you would like to see a few silly shots of the film crew and general behind the scenes Open House madness, there is a little gallery on our Facebook page!

And now I promise I shall never again harp on about TDF Open House.  At least… not ’til next time! :)

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 21st February 2012


  • Bonnie Bee Jean 5 years ago

    beautiful Lucy! – wish I had been there xxx

  • Jen 5 years ago

    this really really made me wish I had flown to Melb for it! The concept is brilliant but it’s the execution that deserves a round of applause, you can see all the hard work, but I hope you still want to do it again!! those bins!!

  • librarygirl 5 years ago

    this was great! I enjoyed coming so much – great atmosphere the day I was there.

  • mariana 5 years ago

    super sad to have missed this…
    you’re an inspiration lucy. mx

  • Lulu 5 years ago

    Looks like an amazing and FUN day full of creative ideas and people.
    Fingers crossed there will be more openings like it in the future as I would love to be part of it, experience it… etc…
    Bring it to Sydney!

  • Darja Charapova 5 years ago

    What a great idea! Looks great!

  • sunshine & daydreams 5 years ago

    What a talented bunch of people you are! I’m so sorry I missed it. I hope you have the energy/time to do it again?

  • letitia 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous short film, amazing idea and stunning execution Lucy! And I too sadly missed this event as I was away. So I hope you’re planning a second one, I would love to be involved! x

  • Ellen @ Moyarta 5 years ago

    What an amazing event Lucy. Congratulations. Loved the short film. Beautifully put together and the music was great. I hope you have another event like this. We would love to be involved.

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    Loved it Lucy. next best thing to being there.
    And, btw, your voice is not annoying!

  • Margie 5 years ago

    Nice job!!

  • Eb 5 years ago

    Hey, looks great. Sorry to burst your bubble though, I went to a pop up shop in a house for Real Living magazine sometime in 2006/2007 in Carlton. Pretty similar concept, showcasing emerging designers wares in a home setting.

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Naw it’s beautiful! So weird to hear your voice and see you in “animated version” after reading the blog for so long! Love the idea :)

  • Jodi 5 years ago

    Great video. Gave a really good feel of the event and was fun to watch! Congrats again on putting the open house together – what a feat!

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    Thanks for all your lovely comments and wonderful support guys! You make these crazy projects possible – thankyou thankyou thankyou !!

    what a mad occupation I have.

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    Hi Lucy – loved the Open House but I have to say it isn’t a totally new concept, but your focus on local artists is a new twist.

    A very dear friend of mine was doing something similar in her home – every year for over 12 years – organised pre Christmas and post gift fair, called simply, The Shop’. It looked amazing, beautifully merchandised, her entire home was taken over for about a month and family life had to continue around the chaos. Orders and deposits were taken and everything was available and delivered before Christmas… it was so much fun and we looked forward to her skill in sourcing some amazing things. Eventually Sadly she passed away unexpectedly in 2010.

  • Bianca 5 years ago

    It looks amazing! I’m kicking myself that I couldn’t make it :(

  • I’m in awe of this whole concept and think you did an absolutely incredible job of pulling this off – congrats! I love the film too and think it captured the spirit of the day beautifully. I hope you guys can do one in Sydney soon! xx

  • Lee 5 years ago

    Congratulations – for what looked like a wonderful event, and also for providing a consistently stimulating and beautiful blog which is always a very welcome start to my days!

  • pen 5 years ago

    finally got the time to watch- it’s fabulous Lovely Lucy!
    well done!

  • Kita 5 years ago

    great job! It is so beautiful.

  • deb 5 years ago

    Lucy! Loved the film! and great to hear a voice to the name and face ;) Super excited it turned out so well and I have to say … you and the team involved rock!

  • Bronwyn 5 years ago

    So wondeful to see you, hear you, get to know you better through this short clip. Well done Lucy! B x

  • cat 5 years ago

    God makes me so sad I don’t live in Melbourne!! Looks like a lot of fun (and hard work!).

  • Christy 5 years ago

    It was a wonderful experience – the attention to detail was outstanding. Can’t wait for the next one.

  • Lord Coconut 5 years ago

    Great video. The house was fantastic and an amazing venue for your ‘pop-up shop’. Hope it was a financial success (as I know it was a PR success).

  • Mandy 5 years ago

    So when are you going to do one in sydney…..!?

  • Kelly 5 years ago

    Oh Lucy that video is fantastic! So nice to actually feel like i’m in the space as opposed to just looking at the stills. I hope it’s something you do again I would love to visit next time x

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