It’s ON. Again.
We’ve had a couple of years off, but we’re SUPER excited to bring you an all new, re-imagined The Design Files Open House event in Melbourne in November. It’s about time!
We staged our first ever pop-up event back in 2011. Man, was it a learning curve! The premise was always to create something that resembled the ‘ultimate Australian Home’, featuring the very best in Australian design, art and handcrafted homewares, all within a real home context. Our first event attracted over 4000 people… and that was only the beginning!
We went on to host The Design Files Open House annually for 4 years (including one particularly crazy year, where we staged the event in Melbourne and Sydney, 2 weeks apart!). Each year, the event has grown in numbers, and these days, Open House is too big to be staged within an *actual* home. Instead, we find a unique venue for each event, and build our ‘home’ from scratch.
This year’s event will be staged at a new location in Collingwood. Constructed within a lofty, light-filled warehouse space, TDF Open House 2017 will feature an expansive open-plan layout, showcasing the work of more than 50 incredible artists, design brands and independent creatives, including Stephen Baker, Caroline Walls, Elizabeth Barnett, Henry Wilson, Nicolette Johnson, Fred Fowler, Douglas & Bec, Anna Varendorff, Bobby Clark, Ross Gardam, Den Holm, Claudia Lau, Jo Wilson, Maddie Sharrock, Mark Douglass, Hannah Nowlan, Sean Meilak and so many more!’
Taking its colour cues from the Dulux 2018 Colour Forecast (‘Dulux Friends’ soft pink + ‘Very Terracotta’ = new favourite combo!), Open House will feature furniture by NAU, the beautiful new Australian-designed furniture collection from Cult, alongside the latest kitchen and laundry appliances from Miele. Intuitive, wireless home audio is covered by SONOS, whilst a lux, custom-built home bar has been created in partnership with Dan Murphy’s.
Over 50% of participating brands and designers are brand NEW this year. Additionally, we’re introducing a stunning bespoke kitchen, designed and built to spec by Cantilever, a Brunswick based family-owned business, AND a custom-designed courtyard garden by award-winning local landscape designer Phillip Withers. For the first time, too, a program of casual speaker events will also be hosted adjacent to the main event, with an inspiring line-up of our favourite local makers, stylists, and small business operators with wisdom to share (more details to come!).
Please make a little diary note, and join us in late November for all the magic, wonder and chaos as it unfolds… we’re so excited to be back!
The Design Files Open House 2017
Open to the Public :
Thursday November 23rd 2017, 10:00 – 17:00.
Friday November 24th 2017, 10:00 – 17:00.
Saturday November 25th 2017, 10:00 – 17:00.
Sunday November 26th 2017, 10:00 – 17:00.
Collingwood Arts Precincts* (former Collingwood TAFE Campus)
35 Johnston Street