The Design Files Open House 2012

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 8th October 2012

The Design Files Open House 2012 location in Windsor!  All furniture above by Jardan, cushion by Marimekko, rug by Loom.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling – Lucy Feagins, Styling assistant – Nat Turnbull.

YES.  It’s true… after much ‘will we or won’t we’ deliberation, it’s official… The Design Files Open House will be happening again this year in Melbourne!  Deep breaths. (me, not you).

As you know, The Design Files Open House represents the ultimate ‘Melbourne home’, with an added bonus – everything is for sale!  From bedlinen to books, artwork, furniture and soft furnishings, everything in the house can be purchased on the spot.

This year we have 60 designers, artists and makers involved.  It was a really difficult selection process as usual… there are lots of old faves in the mix, but lots of fab new things too. One brand new element is the location for this year’s event.  I’m super excited to announce that with the expert assistance of the very best location scouts in Melbourne (Grzan Squared I love you), we have found a new home in Windsor in which to stage our crazy event. Yes that’s right, TDF Open House is heading South side!

Today you can browse The Design Files Open House website to see which wonderful brands, designers and artists are involved in this year’s event!  In the coming weeks, we will also upload a selection of product on the website, so you can see what goodies we’ll have in store.  (Unfortunately though, there will no online shopping this year).

Once again this year we have partnered with our pals at Jardan and Mini to bring this concept to life, and we are super grateful for their ongoing support!   There’s also one new event partner this year that we’re SERIOUSLY excited to introduce – Marimekko!  In case you haven’t heard, the iconic Finnish design house will be opening flagship stores in both Melbourne and Sydney this November, and to celebrate their Australian launch, they’ve jumped on board as our third Major Event Sponsor for this year’s Open House event.  MASSIVE!

SO, dear readers.  The next 7 weeks will be truly mad around here.  We’ll be ordering and receiving and barcoding stock.  We’ll be chatting with our favourite artists to commission the loveliest original artworks to complement each room.  We’ll be working with Jardan and Marimekko to get some fabulous colour-popping furniture and fabrics in the space.  We’ll be chatting to Market Lane about the coffee set up in this year’s lush courtyard garden.  We’ll be working with our pals at Lettuce on the website and the clever gals at Ortolan on the printed collateral for the event.  And we’ll be working with The Project Agency to spread word of this year’s event far and wide!

But YOU guys have only ONE TASK ahead.  Simply put a note in your diary, and make sure you come visit us!  That’s all!  We can’t wait to get this show on the road!

The Design Files Open House 2012
Thursday Nov 29th – Sunday December 2nd 2012
Open 10.00am – 5.00pm daily
Windsor, Melbourne
(location to be announced soon!)

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Check out our wonderful sponsors

ps) Sydneysiders, please don’t hate me.  I truly looked long and hard in Sydney for the right location to bring our event up to you… but sadly the perfect home (with willing homeowners!) just didn’t materialise, and unfortunately our time ran out. :(  Next year, fingers crossed, we’ll make it happen!

A selection of product from The Design Files Open House 2012!  TOP LEFT – tableware by Marimekko, linen and placemats by Bonnie and Neil, TOP RIGHT – all furniture by Jardan, rug by Loom, cushion by Bonnie and Neil, artwork by Kirra Jamison, BOTTOM LEFT – hanging artworks by Kirra Jamison, artwork on floor by Esther Stewart, Flynn stool by Jardan, tote by Harvest Textiles.  BOTTOM RIGHT – table by Jardan, rug by Loom, teacup and saucers by Dawn Vachon.  Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling – Lucy Feagins, Styling assistant – Nat Turnbull.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 8th October 2012


  • Kara 4 years ago

    WOW, how exciting! Just had a look on the site, some wonderful brands and people involves!

  • honeysuckle 4 years ago

    aaaarggghhh! cant wait! will try and round up a few more hayseeds from Gippsland for this sensational project!

  • Anna D 4 years ago

    I must have that rug!
    Incredible styling & pieces Lucy.

  • Marcia 4 years ago

    Can’t wait! Regretfully missed it last year, its on top of my list!!

  • Lauren 4 years ago

    This news has made my day!

  • Lauren 4 years ago

    Yay!!! Southside!! Thanks Lucy!!

  • Leah 4 years ago

    Perfect styling, I think I can make this one!

  • leanne 4 years ago

    ahhhhh, i think i’m hyperventilating!!! I hope the stars align and i can make it there!!

  • Kimberly 4 years ago

    Lucy – Kimberly from Pesa & Brazen here. I’m super excited as I’m moving to our new house Windsor the week before – and will need a new treasure to christen my new home! See you there!

  • Diane 4 years ago

    What a massive achievement! Well done Lucy, can’t wait to visit.

  • jas 4 years ago

    brilliant! I understand the hard slog you have ahead of you, but the outcome will be most fantastically worth it! Plus, yay just round the corner from me :)

  • Jacly 4 years ago

    looks amazing! Us Sydneysiders will have to wait until next year but can’t wait to see all the coverage and great pics!

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    Wow so excited to see this post!!! Can’t wait, I am sure it is going to be awesome!!

  • Louisa 4 years ago

    So excited! And yay for Southside. I might just have to visit every day!

  • Brigitte 4 years ago

    OMG! that is so exciting! Thank you for organizing such an event! Wishing you all the energy to work towards the big venture! All the best! See you there.

  • Mary Anne P 4 years ago

    Sadly missed last years! But will be going to this one! Looking forward to it! x

  • Angelique 4 years ago

    Sooooo excited! Such a fabulous concept.

  • grzan squared 4 years ago

    Whoo hoo! finally announced! we’re just as excited… and we love you too!

  • Margie 4 years ago

    oh yes! Truly exciting! Only wish I was in Smelbs to enjoy it… Hope everything goes to plan for you Lucy and team.

  • Lakshmi 4 years ago

    Loved the rug in the first pic! Sounds like an exciting concept for those who can make it to the event! The rest of us will just have to drool over the pictures :(

  • Cass 4 years ago

    Wow. Looks beautiful .. Which Jardan sofa/chair is that?

  • Lucy 4 years ago

    Thankyou SO MUCH for all your amazing encouraging comments here and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today! You guys are incredible! Thankyou for your immense support, which allows us to dream up and realise these crazy ideas! :)

    Cass – the sofa is the brand new ‘Wilfred’ range from Jardan! It’s only just launched.

  • DK 4 years ago

    Hi just wondering where the chair on the open house homepage is from? I couldn’t see it on Jardan’s site. Thanks

  • Camilla Stirling 4 years ago

    60 suppliers! wow! What a gigantic amount of work you must have put in – once again!

  • Leslie 4 years ago

    The last one was fabulous, so I really can’t wait for this one! Its in the diary!

  • Lucy 4 years ago

    HI DK the chair is also from Jardan, brand new, we’ll have them at the house!

  • Rat in my Kitchen 4 years ago

    I may have to make a trip to Melbourne for this.

  • michelle 4 years ago

    SOUTHSIDE!!! Whoot! :)

  • Jen 4 years ago

    AAAHHH! I’m going to be in Melbourne for this week to go to the Beci Orpin workshop at Harvest! OMG I GET TO COME TO DESIGN FILES OPEN HOUSE!! This is exciting. So much to look forward to!

  • Leanne STamatellos 4 years ago

    How fabulous!
    I would love to come and see this – all the way from Brisbane.

    I know it’s going to be amazing.

  • Deviant 4 years ago

    The rugs are wonderful, I love the colors it won’t be hard to match my curtains.

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