We all have a part to play

In the six years since its inception, the DENFAIR team has worked hard to elevate the business of design.

Momentary Monuments: Designing Experiences

Curious about DENFAIR’s fabulous foam fortress? Fresh from their IDEA nomination, we speak to collaborative partners Arthur Koutoulas and Joyce Foam Products about this year’s immersive Speaker Space.

Design, Waste and the Circular Economy

How can we shift our thinking towards a more connected, self-sustaining, environmentally responsible approach? Tamsin O’Neill of Green Magazine poses the question to Foolscap Studio, Sussex Taps and IN-TERIA.

Zaha Hadid Design: Shaping the Future

On their first Australian visit for DENFAIR 2019, directors Maha Kutay and Woody Yao speak to Design Anthology editor, Suzy Annetta. The pair share their thoughts on a new era for ZHD: a future-focused studio building on its legacy.

An International Fair

For three days in June, DENFAIR brings a world of design to Melbourne. We browse through the most fascinating international exhibitors list on our 2019 show floor.

Designing The Future of Fitness

What are people looking for in next-gen wellness centres? Speak with architecture and interiors lead for design-forward fitness group, Technogym, to find out.

Shaping Healthy Spaces

What do a yoga instructor, an Italian architect and an interior designer have in common? Find out as Sian Pascale, Cristian Brugnoli and Alicia McKimm discuss spatial design and its impact on the body.

A Talk on Timber

Why is Red Oak so wrongly named? And why should Australian architects be using it? Find out as Adam Markowitz joins Marcus Piper, EvoStyle and AHEC in conversation at DENFAIR 2019.

Material Matters: How Design Feels

From intricate, hand-shaped clay pendants to metal-infused carpets, take a closer look at the inspired materiality of DENFAIR 2019.

Made In Asia: Neighbouring Design Cultures

Take a fresh look at the abundant design opportunities throughout Asia Pacific, in a powerful conversation between regional creatives Reddie Furniture, One Design Office and JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, hosted by Design Anthology at DENFAIR 2019.

Design Hungry

How is Australia’s food culture shaping hospitality design abroad? Find out as DesignOffice, IF Architecture, Luchetti Krelle and Artichoke Magazine serve food for thought at the DENFAIR 2019 Speaker Series.

Super Modules

We chat to Jeremy Fisher, Founding Director at SPACECUBE, to discover how modular design stacks up in an architectural landscape.

Scape: Australian Urban Design Reimagined

Adam Goodrum and Susan Tait introduce us to Scape, a bold new collection and direction for Tait, launched at DENFAIR 2019.

Things That Launched

What’s new in 2019? Take a look at some of the major products and brands that made waves at DENFAIR 2019.

Working Well at DENFAIR

What did you miss at the show’s first-ever workspace precinct? Read on to find out.

Work! What Is It Good For?

Notable quotes from the first talk of the DENFAIR 2019 Speaker Series, moderated by Angela Ferguson and featuring Heidi Smith, Dr Adrian Medhurst and Maria Bourke.

Best of DENFAIR 2019

Who won big at the fifth DENFAIR Awards this year? Find out in conversation with our judges, Design Anthology editor Suzy Annetta, and architect Rob Mills.

DENFAIR Celebrates 5 Years of Design Excellence

All the best bits of DENFAIR 2019: a celebration of our design community.

Home / Work: Designing Productivity With Personality

Working from home? Meet the brands bridging the gap between our domestic and working lives.

Suzy Annetta on Design in Asia Pacific

Get to know the Melbourne-born Hong Kong-based Editor-in Chief of Design Anthology, before she takes the mic as a guest moderator for DENFAIR’s Speaker Series in June.

Blazing a Trail: Oblica’s New School Fireplaces

As it cools down in Melbourne, we ask Guillaume Roux of Oblica how European design brings a contemporary edge to the age-old appeal of fire.

Grow, Design and Drink at the Living Bar

Part greenhouse, part speakeasy: debuting at DENFAIR 2019 is a curious installation taking local food sourcing to the next level.

Futurespace’s Workplace Vision

Angela Ferguson and Gavin Harris reveal their plans for an immersive, thought-provoking installation to form the core of DENFAIR’s new dedicated workspace sector.

Cadrys Weaves Old With New

For Bob Cadry, a discerning design eye is in the blood. Read on to discover Cadrys’ colourful family heritage, their latest local collaborators, and the pieces set to wow visitors at DENFAIR 2019.

National Recognition for Installation Designs at DENFAIR

Two striking DENFAIR stands by Melbourne-based studio Latitude Group are shortlisted in the Installation Design category at this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards.

Painting with Industry: The Easel Project

We catch up with Marcus Piper and Adam Cornish and find out all about their collaborative Easel Project, a project melding both art and industry, launching at DENFAIR 2019.

New-Gen Design for the Modern Workforce

Whether an app, a tech innovation, or an element of your built environment - what enables you to work smarter? DENFAIR’s Sandra Tan unpacks today’s mobile professional toolkit.

Clipsal Switches it Up

What happens when a historic Aussie brand meets with French innovation? Find out how Xavier Lifran, Director of Schneider Electric’s Pacific Design Lab, is merging design cultures to create a “radical” new identity for Clipsal.

Tait: Made In Australia

We talk local manufacture and no-frills design with Susan Tait, as the popular outdoor furniture house prepares to launch a fresh new collection at DENFAIR 2019.

Green Magazine returns as DENFAIR Media Partner

Tamsin O’Neill, founder and editor of Green Magazine, speaks on the publication’s fruitful relationship with DENFAIR, and the common values they share.

Digging Deeper into Design

With a background in archaeology that has taken him to iconic historical sites in Syria, Brian Tunks has a most fascinating story. Find out more about the founder and creative director of Bison Home as he speaks with DENFAIR editor, Sandra Tan.

New Workspace Precinct

Introducing a new workplace sector in 2019, the exhibition brings greater depth to its core collection of high-end design.

Partnership & Integrity

Australians like to pride themselves with a “can-do, give it a go” collaborative attitude. As a nation, we are a collective group of people up for a challenge, striving to be at the forefront of any industry and the furniture...


The Local Project presents, in collaboration with Nina Maya Interiors and ZETR – The Glass House. The Glass House, located in the inner city Sydney suburb of Paddington, is an innovative residential project by Nina Maya Interiors and a number of their favourite material suppliers, including the Sydney based ZETR, founded by Garth Elliott.

Freedom of Expression

Chance encounters are often how new ideas or new relationships start. Creative thinking is most compelling when it involves fresh eyes, original perspective and a deep gratitude for the creative process.

After – Form

Amongst the undisturbed prehistoric landscape of the Mojave Desert in Death Valley National Park, Maegan Brown captures moments of serenity through the lens of inquisitive wonder. Careful planning and research get her to the site but what happens when she points her camera is entirely intrinsic.

Nancy Ji 2018 Front / Centre winner

Fresh from her win at DENFAIR’s Front/Centre design competition we had an interview with architect and designer Nancy Ji, creator of the Archie table. Nancy joined us via Skype from Japan where she is currently travelling, learning Japanese and doing research for future projects.

Design that Speaks Volumes

Since Artedomus was founded in 1985, their early ethos focused on sourcing unique products that have a simple and natural intrinsic beauty. Fast forward to today, their philosophy still revolves around being a source of reference and inspiration for leading architects and designers, introducing to Australia some of the most beautiful marbles, limestones and sandstones.

Refined Experimentation

In the world of architecture and interior design, lighting can make or break a space. The colour of light, as well as the light fitting itself, is a crucial part in setting the tone in interior and exterior environments.

Jon Goulder Breaks the Mould with His All Australian Innate Collection for Spence & Lyda

For fourth generation Australian furniture designer-maker Jon Goulder, expert craftsmanship and design has always been in his blood. Pushing the envelope with materials and methods, Jon has created and launched the bespoke 'Innate' collection in collaboration with renowned Sydney design retailer, Fiona Lyda of Spence & Lyda.

Magic 8: Addressing Sustainable Design

Sustainability is a concern for any designer working with timber, so when the American Hardwood Society challenged eight of Australia’s most highly regarded designers to reimagine one of their designs using the sustainable timber tulipwood, they rose to the occasion.

Where Strength Meets Beauty

Tasmanian timber is a product of exceptional beauty from a place like nowhere else. Our island grows more than you imagined. Here, a combination of magnificent wood and cutting-edge innovation has produced some of the finest timbers in the world.

Fostering the Future of Design

The concept of ‘anything is possible’ has a useful ability to unite ideas and people. This iconic mantra has been synonymous with Schiavello Group, a multi-disciplinary, global organisation since its inception 50 years ago and continues to serve as inspiration to the company, even in contemporary periods.

Australian Design, Collaboration & Innovation

King Living will launch new designs from their collaboration with designers Charles Wilson and Tom Fereday at DENFAIR in Melbourne this month. As one of Australia’s most renowned and established furniture designers and manufacturers, King Living are an important part of the local design community...

A Double-Edged Homage to Intelligent Design

A quarter-century of experience makes an industry expert. And so with 26 years under their belts, connecting Australians with contemporary furniture from the world’s leading brands and studios, KE-ZU’s acumen is unrivalled...

Creating Connections

DENFAIR is a place where people come together to connect with each other over a common love of original and authentic design. It is a place where we can appreciate innovations in the industry and support those who are changing the way we think about design.

ZETR x DEAMS Collaboration

As the professional world becomes more and more specialised, individuals become more focused on honing specific skills and each industry creates new roles to keep up with and embrace advancements in technology, collaboration is increasingly common. Collaboration allows the best of each field involved to contribute at the highest of skill; playing to strengths of one another.

2017 Speaker Series – Technology

Whether we fear or embrace technology, it’s impossible to deny the fact that it is responsible for some of the greatest innovations in design and a crucial tool in approaching sustainability and safety. It’s also opened up a world of opportunity — in the way that we design, and the way we experience design

AGOTYA Awards 2018

The Design Institute of Australia will be announcing and exhibiting the winners of the DIA 2017/18 Australian Graduate of the Year Awards at DENFAIR’s 2018 Melbourne Event. The AGOTYA awards are a national annual award competition run by the Design Institute of Australia for final year and newly graduated design students.

The Connective Power of Botanicals

Plants have conveyed many messages from minimalist expositions to much wilder and more expressive configurations found in rugs and tapestry. When one designer’s philosophy is to create respect for the weavers and sustainable business whilst celebrating Australian bush...

Consideration and Minimalism in The Age of “Stuff”

Vivienne Westwood has famously quoted “buy less, choose well.”, the famous minimalist architect Mies van der Rohe said “Less is more.”, the March issue of Australian Vogue is focused on sustainability in the fashion industry - sustainability in relation to production, materials, and technology...

2017 Speaker Series – Earth

The facts are clear and the status is both alarming and depressing — the state of our natural world is the biggest global issue we face. There are so many factors contributing to the degradation of our environment that it’s overwhelming.How can we begin to tackle the problem when it is so huge and complex?

2017 Speaker Series – Identity Crisis

It’s no wonder we have an identity crisis here in Australia, with our confused and often destructive relationships with our indigenous people, the ‘tyranny of long distance’ and colonial status amidst a sea of Asian nations.

Nicholas Fuller – 2017 FRONT / CENTRE Winner

His Cantilever side table impressed widely at DENFAIR 2017 and saw Nicholas presented with the Front / Centre Award. Originally a 2016 commission for a local Adelaide couple – an elegant response to a straight-up simple brief

Intimate Familiar – Kew East Home

There’s something to be said about finding a certain piece that exudes timelessness. The brief was simple, restrained but effortlessly manifest elegance. It was the clean lines and austere aesthetic of ...

Prince of Wales Hotel – Meme Design

St Kilda’s Prince of Wales Hotel has been a Melbourne landmark since 1936, but its current status as a boutique hospitality destination was cemented only two decades ago with an interior transformation by Powell & Glenn Architects.

Stalactites’ Fresh Derivative – Hella Good

Stalactites has been a staple of the Melbourne restaurant scene since 1978; the longest established & most well known Greek restaurant in town. So when Bergman & Co were asked to come on-board, the team were obviously thrilled...

2017 Speaker Series – Mindful Design

More than a passing trend, mindfulness permeates many facets of life. We hear it spoken about it in yoga and meditation, of course; but also within conversations about sport, business, relationships and even finance. Creativity is no exception.

Uncommon Beauty

Some designers add a great dose of fearless innovation, committed to a tradition of quality by keeping products fresh and unique within their current landscape. In our recent interview with Melbourne based designer, Oliver Wilcox, we learnt it hasn’t come without its challenges.

Pauses in Urban Landscapes – The Fermob Legacy

Good design allows us to transit through this world smoothly, commonly attributing our intuition rather than paying attention to the small things put in place to make this transition possible.

“Just draw, and the ideas will come”

We were privileged at DENFAIR 2017 to have passionate drawer Chris Connell take us through a sketching masterclass. Chris has over 40 years experience in the architecture and interior design industry, as well as product design.

Wander back to 13th Century Italy – A contemporary approach by SMEG

Inspiration is a mysterious beast. For some, it comes effortlessly and often. For others, it hides timid and reticent, demanding gentle coaxing before it will consider informing a work of art, a song, a poem, a design.

The Narrative of Tradition

With inspiration a plenty it was easy to become mesmerised by the movement of fabric and the intrinsic stories they spoke. Gracefully and simplistic the structural design was hidden in the integrity of the choice of timber and fixing details of traditional Japanese construction

Speaker Series Profile – Kensaku Oshiro

Kensaku Oshiro was born on Okinawa Island, Japan, in 1977.  After gaining a Master’s degree in Industrial Design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan in 1999, he began working with various studios

Speaker Series Profile – Rob Mills

Rob Mills creates exceptional residences. His team of residential architects, interior designers, heritage architects and project managers are responsible for some of the most innovative and inspiring residential projects in Australia and around the world. 

Speaker Series Profile – Fiona Lynch

Fiona Lynch is a design studio that excels in achieving beautiful and genuine outcomes across retail, hospitality and residential projects. 

Multifaceted and Playful

Reminiscent of an infinite loop, the linear tubular steel frame forms a pendant corresponding to the table top and the central motif of the circle

United Front: Why it’s Time to Rethink The Relationship Between Australian Art + Design

In Australia, the art and design worlds might each have their own rituals, traditions and secret language but they’ve always overlapped in compelling ways.

Goldrush: the Rise of Contemporary Australian Design

In a country known more for its sporting prowess, landscape and rich mineral deposits, you could be forgiven for thinking the contemporary Australian design scene is ‘quiet’