It’s the weekend we wouldn’t miss for the world. On Saturday 22 June, the design community across Australia unites in Melbourne for the long-awaited Saturday Indesign. Design aficionados and long-standing members of the industry alike will remember 15 years of former incarnations of the nation’s premier design event.
Word to the wise from an insider, this year’s event is set to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever.
In true Indesign spirit collaboration headlines the event as associates in the industry become allies. A condensed footprint means the industry’s finest have buddied up to showcase in duos, and it also means it’s easier for us to get from A to B.
So who is on our hit list? Scroll and see…
Where: Stylecraft, 145 Flinders Lane
Why: As if the newly renovated Stylecraft showroom by HASSELL Studio isn’t enough of a drawcard – you may remember the stunning space from the inaugural Habitus House of the Year Cocktail Event last year – Stylecraft’s collection of exclusive collection of international and Australian brands and designers surely gets us over the line. In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD Stylecraft is high on the Habitus hit list.
The entire four-levels of Stylecraft and StylecraftHOME will be turned into a special curation of HOME, WORK, LEARN. The downstairs levels playing host to local creatives and the latest in design talent, as styled by Meanwhile in Melbourne blogger Manuela Millan. And adding even more reason to take in the latest offerings, Stylecraft is giving away 2x Libera Armchairs by STUA.
Where: VOLA, 94 Wellington St, Collingwood
Why: VOLA was established more than half a century ago with the first mixer designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. The brand’s 50-plus years in the design industry has seen trends come as well as seeing design theory and material options be completely revolutionised. VOLA remains an iconic brand within the industry and dedicated to design that places equal weight on form and function. Saturday Indesign attendees will be able to experience the Danish hospitality in VOLA’s only Australian stand-alone store in Collingwood.
Where: Gaggenau, 192-196 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Why: A global leader in the space of home appliances, Gaggenau is a regular – yet completely coincidental – feature in many a Habitus house. Gaggenau champions the use of unfussy materials such as stainless steel and glass, and manages to do so in a way that feels traditional and avant-garde. During Saturday Indesign, guests will be taken on a sumptuous food and art journey, in collaboration with another Habitus top pick exhibitor – Cosentino (see below). The brand new, Carr-designed showroom in South Melbourne will be opening its doors for Saturday Indesign and you just know that every detail and moment is accounted for, as is the quality of such a historic brand.
Where: Gaggenau, 192-196 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Why: Cosentino began in the 1940s as a small, family-run operation processing marble from the Sierra de los Filabres Mountains in the Spanish province of Almeria. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the company enjoyed global expansion following its commitment to research and development in the area of manufactured stone. Today, Cosentino’s suite of products includes Dekton®, Silestone® and Sensa® available in multiple colours, tones, finishes and applications.
During Saturday Indesign, Cosentino will be showcasing its outstanding products in conjunction with Gaggenau. The day is planned around two very special and complementary themes – food and art. Visitors on the day will have the opportunity to draw the next Dekton surface, and for one lucky and artistic Saturday Indesign attendee that could take you on a trip to Milan in 2020 for the Salone! What an incredible treat.
Who: Next Level Elevators
Where: Next Level Elevators, 456 Smith Street, Collingwood
Why: Residential elevators are often seen as a luxury in Australia, and Next Level Elevators is selective with the suppliers the company work with to ensure the functional elevators always exude a certain level of comfort. Luxurious though they may appear, architects designing for ageing clients, or future-proofing for younger generations, can be grateful for practical designs that don’t sacrifice style.
Throughout Saturday Indesign Next Level Elevators will be welcoming guests and playing host to some insightful talks.
Who: King Living
Where: King Living, 569 Church Street, Richmond
Why: Established in 1977, on paper King Living may seem like the new kids on the block relatively speaking. But don’t confuse youth with naïveté; the furniture brand has been consistently designing and manufacturing award-winning furniture since conception.
This year, at SaturdayIndesign, Habitus and King Living are teaming up to talk about some of their recent design collaborations with local, well-respected faces in the design community Charles Wilson and Neale Whitaker.
Where: Sub-Zero + Wolf, Bank House, 11-19 Bank Place
Why: Melbourne has been home to Omvivo for more than 28 years since foundation. During which time the company has pushed the boundaries of bathroom design, from what is expected to what is deemed possible. See Omvivo unveil two new ranges at Saturday Indesign – ‘Lune’ designed by Adele Bates, and the resort-inspired ‘Villa’. In addition, Adele Bates is working with Omvivo to create a spell-binding installation that will take up residence in the shared Sub-Zero Wolf space, while Adele will take to the stage with some fellow design luminaries to do a talk on kitchen and bathroom design!
Who: A.G.M. Expo 2019
Where: A.G.M. Expo, 2-8 Wreckyn Street, North Melbourne
Why: Returning for a second year, Friends & Associates is an exhibition of more than 50 local designers of varying disciplines – furniture, lighting, accessories – and a special installation we’re dying to see unveiled.
See the FULL list of exhibitors here!
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