Chairity by Cult Design, during Melbourne Design Week 2022
Photo: Cathy Marshall

Melbourne Design Week Announces 2023 Dates

Melbourne Design Week shifts its festival dates to 18-28 May in 2023, which bolsters the city’s cultural capital leading into the colder months. The festival celebrates design in an annual 11-day program of talks, tours, exhibitions, launches, installations, and workshops across Australia’s design capital. 

Participate

Individuals and organisations can apply to participate in the satellite program of Melbourne Design Week 2023 through submitting an Expression of Interest. Applications are now open and close on 26 Nov, 2022, at 5pm.  If you have a story to tell, new work to unveil, an idea to discuss, an issue to debate – Melbourne Design Week is made for you.  

Greg Penn curated by Otomys on display at Futures Collective presented by Spence & Lyda during Melbourne Design Week 2022  
Photo: Sean Fennessy 

Melbourne
Design Fair
COLLECTIBLE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

18 – 21 MAY 2023

Melbourne Design Fair showcases the best collectible design from Australian and international designers and makers with presentations staged by leading commercial galleries, studios, design organisations, and agencies in addition to a highlight exhibition of works for sale curated by the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture.

Photo: Tobias Titz
Photo: Tobias Titz
Tobias Titz
Photo: Tobias Titz

MELBOURNE ART BOOK FAIR

18 – 28 MAY 2023

In 2023, the first weekend sees the popular Stallholder Fair held at NGV’s Great Hall featuring the work of artists, designers and publishers. Throughout the festival, satellite events will take place in bookshops, galleries, libraries, community centres, public gardens and design studios around metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Applications to participate in MABF 2023 are now open.

2023 THEMES

Melbourne Design Week celebrates the potential of design to transform our environment – from the inside our homes to the entire planet – with the call-for-action for individuals and organisations to ‘Design the world you want’. This provocation asks designers to think outside the status quo in order to face the multiple challenges that encircle us: loneliness, climate disasters, social inequity, and the cost-of-living. Each year, three pillars sit under this call-to-action to address the ever-changing opportunities and challenges that designers face. In 2023, these pillars are transparency, currency and legacy, which ask participants to think over time and scale to design the world they want.

TRANSPARENCY

With the complex challenges that surround us, the world demands an openness in how designers work in order to involve more people, and things, in problem-solving. This pillar asks designers to unveil their design processes, share knowledge and engage with the agency of others. It also demands that designers be honest and responsible with the materials they use: from its extraction to its afterlife.

CURRENCY

Currency is a medium of exchange that prioritises an economic value. Financial currency constructs the world, but this value is artificial and assumed. There are many other values to consider, such as social, environmental, cultural, natural and political currency. This pillar explores how designers are rewiring systems of exchange to define what is a current value.

LEGACY

Design reinvents itself for the market: The search for innovation can be transformational. It’s also an opportunity to give up bad habits. But underpinning every brand, service, product and object is the continuation of a particular value that transcends time.  This can be financial or material, but it could also be an ethical position. Designing for legacy ensures that impact of design lasts long after we are gone. What kind of ancestor do you want to be?

2022 VIDEOS

BEYOND THE SELFIE
Presented by Louis Nuccitelli
DESIGNING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: REGENERATIVE DESIGN: SARAH ICHIOKA
Presented by NGV and Sustainability Victoria
a large three storey brick
DESIGNING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: CIRCULARITY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Presented by NGV and Sustainability Victoria
BUSINESS AND DESIGN FORUM: NEXT
Presented by NGV and Creative Victoria

2022 VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS

RMIT DESIGN HUB
Presented by RMIT Culture, RMIT University
VICTORIAN PREMIER’S DESIGN AWARDS SHOWCASE – CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF DESIGN EXCELLENCE
Presented by Creative Victoria
MARAM BARERARERUNGER – WEARING COUNTRY
Presented by Maree Clarke and Blanche Tilden
FORITIFIED & EXCHANGE
Presented by JamFactory
ALTERNATIVE PROVISIONS
Presented by Craft Victoria
SHOWCASE
Presented by New Assemblage
MATERIAL CULTURE
Presented by Marsha Golemac
BLAK JEWELLERY: FINDING PAST · LINKING PRESENT
Presented by Koorie Heritage Trust
SELF PORTRAIT
Presented by Friends & Associates
Flat-lay of HARD objects. Right hand objects are collected from participating artists, left hand objects are found.
HARD
Presented by Calum Hurley
ZERO FOOTPRINT REPURPOSING
Presented by Revival Projects
SAY IT LOUD NAARM MELBOURNE 2022
Presented by Beyond the Built Environment (BBE), Culture as Creative, Sandra Githinji and Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)