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The Design Files OPEN HOUSE!

11th October, 2011
Lucy Feagins
Tuesday 11th October 2011

Say hello to THE DESIGN FILES OPEN HOUSE!  Photos by Sean Fennessy.  Styled by me.  Styling assistant - Natalie Turnbull.  Furniture by Jardan, rug by Loom, glassware by Kristel Britcher, Amanda Dziedzic, Danielle Rickaby, additional smalls by Tractor Home, Vintage & Nostalgia, Bonnie & Neil, Books by Thames & Hudson.

OK guys.  Today is a big day.  It's time to let you in on some SUPER exciting plans which I've been working on for most of this year...  say hello to THE DESIGN FILES OPEN HOUSE!

YES it’s a pop-up. But it’s not in a vacant shop front or a shipping container.  From December 1st - 4th (YES 4 days only!) we’re transforming a stunning residential home in Fitzroy, Melbourne, to create a temporary retail event unlike any other!

The Design Files Open House will look and feel like the ultimate 'Melbourne home', with an added bonus - everything is for sale! From bedlinen to books, artwork, furniture, kitchenware and lighting, each and every item can be purchased on the spot. OMG!!! Genius, I know. :)

Clearly, I am not alone in this ambitious and slightly crazy endeavour!  I have partnered with PR and events guru Esther Navarro-Orejon of The Project Agency to facilitate this epic event!   ALSO we are incredibly lucky to have the support of a select group of wonderful sponsors. Our Major Event Partner is JARDAN - that means a house full of stunning Australian-made furniture!  We're also thrilled to have the support of Major Sponsors Rogerseller and Mini.  You'll be able to buy beautiful Rogerseller bathroom accessories and furniture on site, and Mini are going to park their latest model in the garage for everyone to admire!

Of course we've also carefully selected a group of local designers, artists, makers and retailers whose beautiful objects, homewares and artwork will fill the space.  There’ll be a cafe on the roof deck (thankyou Coffee Supreme!), a flower stall by the very talented and dashing Joost Bakker, and lots more funtimes to be had!

Stay tuned for more TDF Open House updates over the next few weeks!   You can also subscribe to the TDF Open House mailing list if you want to be sure not to miss any news relating to the event.  We'll be launching an exhaustive list of all designers and stockists very soon!

And if you're not in Melbourne - don't despair, you'll also be able to shop online for a limited 2 week window in December if you can't make it to the event.  Online trading will commence December 5th and end December 18th - and we'll ship all orders just in time for Christmas.

This event marks a huge step for TDF, and so I must end this post really with a massive and very personal THANKYOU to each and every one of you who reads this blog!  Your loyal readership is the reason we have received so much support for TDF Open House. Thankyou thankyou thankyou!  ....and you better come along!

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Tableware for TDF Open House from Safari LivingTractor HomeBonnie & Neil and many others!  Artwork by Nicholas Jones.  Pics by Sean Fennessy. Styled by me.  Styling assistant - Natalie Turnbull.

TDF Open House Work Space will look like this!  Artwork by Kirra Jamison and Dane Lovett.  Stationery from Notemaker.  Tote from Harvest.  Cushion from Miss Beba.  Furniture by Jardan.  Pics by Sean Fennessy.  Styled by me.  Styling assistant - Natalie Turnbull.

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email