Design Loop

15 - 25 March 2018

Join the DENFAIR Design Loop as we take you on a brand new kind of journey through design. During Melbourne Design Week, 15 Design showrooms and studios will invite you to explore curated installations exploring the theme ‘Celebration of Material’.

Discover the meaning and rationale behind some of your favourite design products, gather a deeper understanding into the design process and experience the profound qualities inherent in design.

In order to appreciate the engagement a designer has with the materials they use, participating showrooms will design an installation and host public talks which offers a dialog with fabric, leather, wood and other raw materials commonly used in design.

Discover participating showrooms and studios below and plan your journey with our interactive map.

Melbourne Design Week 2018

DENFAIR Design Loop Gallery

Have a look through some of the highlights and beauty
of the DENFAIR Design Loop.




King Living
Feature Event

Friday 16th March
Charles Wilson, Ryan Russell and Bradley Saywell

Join Australian Industrial Designer and King Living collaborator, Charles Wilson, Australian design visionary, Ryan Russell of Russell & George, and King Living’s Designer, Brad Saywell as they unpack the Australian design aesthetic.

Feature Event

Wednesday 21st March
Zuster Craftsmanship
Come to Life talk

Fleur Sibbel,
Managing Director

Christopher Boots
Feature Event

Wednesday 21st March
Unique. One-0ff. Commissioned.

Exploring Australia’s thirst for functional sculpture and ambitious one-off works of design. A panel discussion in collaboration with the Authentic Design Alliance. Panellists include Christopher Boots, Dion Horstmans, Lou Weis and Pascale Gomes-McNabb

Feature Event

22nd March
8 - 10am
Kate Stokes & Tom Fereday

Join us for breakfast as Richard Munao sits down with Kate Stokes and Tom Fereday to discuss their design processes, and thoughts on the current Australian design landscape.

Limited seats only


Feature Event

Thursday 22nd March
11am and 2pm
Open State Tours
(Open House Melbourne)

Manufacturing demonstration and talk hosted by Tait founder Gordon Tait


Feature Event

23rd & 24th March
Shantal Ng-Youne
Showroom Manager


DENFAIR Design Loop AJAR Showroom

Ajar Presents

Concrete Emotion

Concrete has been an integral part of our built environment since ancient times. Its particular qualities can allow surprising and daring forms in buildings become realised. In their turn, contemporary designers have been able to harness its innate qualities for new products, challenging our preconceptions of the primary material and capturing emotions through new and engaging work. Our installation will illustrate the inherent qualities of concrete and how designers can interact with it to make new embodiments of its potential as a tool for expression and functionality.

Product showcase:
Inca table, Cristian Zuzunaga
Monkey table, Jaime Hayon
Keidos tiles, Mut Design
Drops tiles, Mut Design

Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm

120 Johnston Street,
Collingwood 3066


Tait Presents

Cut. Fold. Join. Seam

CUT.FOLD.JOIN sees Tait push the limitations of their signature medium, metal, with an installation challenging traditional design and construction methods. Explore thought-provoking concepts around the manipulation of material in both the design process and manufacturing stages with a layered, sustainable design approach.

CUT.FOLD.JOIN offers a visual journey of the design process with an opportunity to experience engaging manufacturing demonstrations and talks during the Melbourne Design Week period. Gain rare, first-hand insight into the Tait design and manufacturing methodology.

Tait will be premiering a brand-new collection designed in collaboration with a prominent Australian designer.

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

209-211 Smith Street,

King Living Presents

Relax it’s King

Leading Australian furniture and lifestyle retailer, King Living is delighted to be exhibiting for the first time at Melbourne Design Week, as they celebrate the diversity of the human condition through reflection and refraction. Join Australian Industrial Designer and King Living collaborator, Charles Wilson, Australian design visionary, Ryan Russell of Russell & George, and King Living’s Designer, Brad Saywell as they unpack the Australian design aesthetic.

Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

569 Church Street,
Richmond VIC 3121

Space Presents

Behind the scenes
of the Husk Collection
by B&B Italia

The installation goes behind the scenes to explore the manufacturing process of one of the brand’s most successful products and design collaborations. B&B Italia is renowned for its breadth and depth of research and development and the show features design details and video interviews with designer Patricia Urquiola that demonstrate the innovation behind the collection.

Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

629 Church Street,
Richmond VIC 3121

DENFAIR Design Loop Halcyon Lake Showroom

Halcyon Lake Presents

Moving Landscapes
by Mariantonia Urru

The installation showcases the craft of Sardinian contemporary weaving through a series of tapestries, rugs, drawings and videos by designer Paulina Herrera for Mariantionia Urru. It will provide an insight into the designing and weaving process of Sardinina from conceptual sketches through to the finished products.

Products include:
Trigu rugUnderwater landscape installation, Pesci Floor cushions and Fessura rug by Paulina Herrera

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday:  10am – 4pm

3 Prince Patrick Street
Richmond VIC 3121

Designer Rugs Presents

Rift Dissolved

“Rift Dissolved” explores the raw materials of rug making and the hand-tufting process by ‘unravelling’ one of our most popular designs -Rift by Lia Pielli. Visitors will be able to see the untrimmed wool streaming from the existing design, as well as the original hand drawings and unsealed back of the design. The installation will also feature raw hanks of yarn featuring the various dye colours from the design.

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

565 Church Street,
Richmond VIC, 3121

Mark Tuckey Presents


Observe our timber metamorphosis from design through to completion, and gain insight into how Mark Tuckey creates lifetime pieces they love and want to live with. Mark Tuckey takes great pride in quality craftsmanship and high attention to detail. The deconstructed farmhouse table showcases this as well as the integrity, simplicity and strength of our furniture. 

Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

231 Johnston Street,
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Volker Haug Presents


Using discarded sections of neon signage, we will produce a series of experiments that look at the reactions of the noble gasses through form, monochromatic glass and phosphor.

Product: Cold Cathode Reactions, Volker Haug Studio.

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5:30pm

2-12 St Phillip St,
Brunswick East VIC 3057

DENFAIR Design Loop Meizai Showroom

Meizai Presents

Hola Colombia

A showroom installation of brand Colombian/German brand Ames, presenting a selection of handcraft products using unique materials. Under the theme ‘celebration of material’ the Ames installation will include insights into the design inspiration and processof Sebastian Herkner, the materials and manufacturing process of these unique Colombian handcrafts.

Products include:
Barro, Nuna, Mulera, Manta, Ruana & Circo – by Sebastian Herkner

Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm

658 Church Street,
Richmond 3121

Christopher Boots Presents

Christopher Boots Atelier

This is our main showroom which displays a number of pieces from our collection. All Christopher Boots products are made by hand at our Werkshop in Fitzroy and will include new pieces that will feature in both Collective New York (March 2018) and Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan (April 2018).

Our installation will focus on design inspiration, materiality and quality craftsmanship found in a Christopher Boots piece.

Our Atelier is a dynamic space and, while our collection changes regularly, a selection of products across our collection will be on display.

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

369 Gore Street,

Oblica Presents

Brûlure froide

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

200 Argyle Street,

Jardan Presents

Jardan Stripped Back

Within the Melbourne Showroom we will reconstruct our manufacturing workshop to reveal the craft behind our handmade furniture. Our Lewis sofa will be striped back divulging the materials, tools & expertise that goes into the making of our unique pieces.

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

522 Church Street,
Richmond VIC 3121

Smeg Presents

Smeg Australia Showroom

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

153 – 155 Victoria Parade,
Collingwood, VIC 3066

DENFAIR Design Loop Zuster Showroom

Zuster Presents

Craftsmanship Comes to Life

Zuster showroom will be transformed, celebrating the premium raw materials and hand craftsmanship that has become signature for every Zuster piece created. The presentation features an art installation of Raw Materials, a photo gallery wall of Zuster history & hand craftsmanship over 24 years and video installation of our manufacturing process.

The ISSY by Zuster bathroom collaboration with Reece bathroom installation, includes deconstructed vanities and raw materials, while deconstructed furniture pieces illustrate Zuster’s unique manufacturing processes.

On Wednesday 21 March Managing Director, Fleur Sibbel will host a guided tour of the showroom and the building techniques.

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday:  Closed

370 Swan Street,
Richmond VIC 3121

Cult Presents

Experience the NAU Apartment

Preview the SIA chair, designed by Tom Fereday, and winner of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Design Award by Broadsheet within the NAU Apartment. Also on display are the Converse sofaby Adam Cornish, Molloy collection by Adam Goodrum and Bulbo table by Gavin Harris.

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

680 Elizabeth Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000

Schiavello Presents

Schiavello – The Art of Sitting

A timeless shell poised amongst a collection of bases, Mario Ruiz re-visits a classic design, the plastic shell chair. Informative and tactile, visit our installation to explore all the elements that are used to produce a MR Chair.

Product: MR Chair designed by Mario Ruiz

Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed

35 Queensbridge Street,

Navi Presents

Behind The
Shower Curtain

Navi will reveal what’s behind the shower curtain with a Design Loop installation showing the intricate design details of some of our most used objects. Objects and systems from international designers and local innovators.

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 1pm
Sunday: Closed

14 Weir Street,
Glen Iris VIC 3146