Working Well at DENFAIR

For five years, DENFAIR has provided a platform for design which transcends multiple spheres. With its 2019 direction, LIFE WORK, the exhibition introduced a brand new precinct full of furniture and solutions to support adaptable productivity.

Among the diverse range of exhibitors were Howgroup, TCW, Steelcase, Kollab Projects, Bene, Luxxbox, Lightspace, UCI Australia, Workspace Commercial Furniture, Seeho Su, Baseline, Chameleon by Nau, Flinkspace and Actiu.

At the core of this sector stood Futurespace’s eye-catching installation, entitled #futurework. This sprawling structure, designed by Angela Ferguson and Gavin Harris in conjunction with the Futurespace and DENFAIR teams, comprised three distinct arches signifying the work modes of collaboration, focused work and social connection.

#futurework became not only a topical conversation starter (and popular fixture on social media), but its collaboration wing became a stage in its own right, where talks on collaborative partnerships were given by Richard Munao of Cult, Nigel Dalton of REA Group, Adam Goodrum, Gordon Tait and Dr Adrian Medhurst of Benny Button.

The Speaker Series – supported by DENFAIR’s Major Speaker Program Sponsor, Clipsal by Schneider Electric – featured two workspace-themed conversations, with Angela Ferguson as expert guest moderator. The first, entitled Work! What Is It Good For? examined the potential for smart tech and community-based design strategies to create office spaces which establish healthy ways of working. The second, Machine for Living and Working, looked at how the increasing trend of working from home might impact the spaces we inhabit.

For a recap of the Work! What Is It Good For? Talk, featuring Heidi Smith of Gray Puksand, Dr Adrian Medhurst of Benny Button, and Maria Bourke of Steelcase, click here. To watch the full video of the conversation, head here.

To solidify the show’s broader commercial design offering going forward, a new Workspace Product category was introduced to this year’s DENFAIR Awards. The Chameleon Table, designed by Adam Goodrum for NAU, took home the top prize, while Luxxbox’s Linea Acoustic Pendant Light earned a High Commendation. For more on the 2019 awards, click here.