Melbourne Design Week


Francis Kéré: Architecture Shapes Life

Presented by NGV with Architecture Foundation Australia and the Futuna Lecture Series
Tue 17 Mar, 6–7pm

Responding to the 2020 Melbourne Design Week theme ‘How can design shape life?’, internationally acclaimed architect Francis Kéré delves into his own journey – revealing how architecture has shaped his life and sharing his vision for how architecture that is collaboratively realised, rooted in traditional knowledge and specific to its context will contribute to a positive and dynamic future for Africa.

Venue Great Hall, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne


Debbie Millman: Courage VS Confidence

Presented by Creative Women’s Circle
Sun 15 Mar, 5pm–6.30pm

Sometimes finding the confidence in yourself to take the next step in life is daunting. Debbie Millman, design expert and host of the podcast Design Matters, champions the idea of shaping one’s own definition of success through focussing on courage rather than confidence. ‘Courage is the foundation for authentic confidence’, Millmansays. ‘Taking the first step creates courage which will grow with every repetitive step you take.’ In this presentation, Millman speaks about how she has intentionally shaped her life to fit her personal definition of success.

Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne


Bas Van Abel: Dark Matter

Presented by NGV, EWaste Watch Institute and Design Institute of Australia
Wed 18 Mar, 6–7.30pm

We live in a world of hyper-communication. And yet our current communication infrastructure, in particular mobile phones, holds a fascinating paradox. The mobile phone is a symbol of instant connectivity, but it’s clear that we’ve lost any connection with the source of how it is made, who made it, where it comes from and the social and environmental consequences of the production process. Every pixel you see and every byte you send has a whole world of minerals, factories, recycling and distribution behind it.

When the Fairphone team decided to produce a smartphone as fair as possible, starting in the mines in Congo through to the product’s end of life, they were told it was impossible, there was no market for fair electronics and they wouldn’t survive the hyper-competitive industry. Now, seven years later, Fairphone has crowdfunded over 15 million euros, sold over 150,000 phones and won numerous awards. But what does it take to challenge the system by starting a social enterprise in one of the most complex industries? Fairphone aims to surface the dark matter of our production systems and make it human again. This keynote lecture by Fairphone founder Bas van Abel is a unique chance to think about the ways that design-led business can transform the environment and economy.

Venue Great Hall, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne


Robin Boyd Annual Keynote Lecture
NMBW: Obeservation Matters

Presented by NGV and the Robin Boyd Foundation
Wed 18 Mar, 6–7.30pm

In an era of global sameness, can architectural processes create the time and space to engage meaningfully with local traditions and enrich the culture of the everyday? This lecture breaks down NMBW’s projects into a series of tangible pieces that articulate how decisions have been made and values embedded.

Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne



Presented by Melbourne Art Book Fair and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Thu 12 Mar, 1–5pm

The New Normal: Design in the Age of Global Computation is a half-day symposium curated by Olga Tenisheva and Nicolay Boyadjiev from the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, ( Moscow), which gathers international speakers, including speculative architect and film director Liam Young. The day culminates in an Australian-debut lecture by Amsterdam-based artists, filmmakers, and designers Metahaven.

The New Normal was launched by Strelka in 2016 and conceived as a three3-year cumulative ‘“speculative urbanism think-tank’” in the form of a cyclical post-graduate programme at Strelka Institute. Over the course of these three3 years, ninety90 multidisciplinary researchers and over 100 leading experts from around the world, contributed to a variety of design projects and media outputs informed by the search and prototyping of ‘“New Normal”’ design practices: platforms for the invention and articulation of a new relevant discourse in the face of emerging technologies and processes that have thoroughly infused the fabric of our cities.

Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne



80+ exhibitions to be announced Feb 2020


Presented by RMIT Design Hub Gallery and Melbourne Art Book Fair
7 Mar – 9 May, Tue–Fri, 10am–5pm, Sat, 12–5pm

The work of Amsterdam-based artists, filmmakers, and designers Metahaven occupies the intersection of poetry and storytelling, and engages propaganda, interface, and physical geography and its imaginaries. Metahaven:Field Report is their first solo presentation in Australia, presented by Melbourne Art Book Fair in collaboration with RMIT Design Hub Gallery.

Guest exhibition curators: Brad Haylock (RMIT University) and Megan Patty (NGV). Exhibition program curators: Kate Rhodes, Fleur Watson and Nella Themelios (RMIT Design Hub Gallery).

Venue Level 2, Building 100, cnr Victoria St and Swanston St, Carlton. Enter via the Victoria Street forecourt



Presented by Tolarno Galleries
12–22 Mar, Tue – Fri, 10am–5pm, Sat, 1–5pm

The debut exhibition from A&A, by industrial designer Adam Goodrum and straw marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur, presents three new and unique design pieces.

Venue Tolarno Galleries, Level 4, 104 Exhibition St, Melbourne



Presented by Sophie Gannon Gallery
12–22 Mar, Tue–Sat, 11am–5pm
Launch: Sat 14 Mar, 3pm

Designwork 04 is the fourth exhibition in an ongoing series dedicated to presenting the best contemporary Australian design. Designwork 04 features presentations by Melbourne-based designers Dale Hardiman in collaboration with Stephen Royce exploring light through common handheld devices, and Danielle Brustman encompassing interior, furniture, lighting and object design.

Venue Sophie Gannon Gallery, 2 Albert St, Richmond



Presented by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert and Arc One
12–21 Mar, Tue–Sat, 11am–5pm
Floor Talk: Sat 14 Mar, 3.30–4.30pm

Partu (Skin) is the latest collaboration between remote cattle-station saddler Johnny Nargoodah and conceptual object designer Trent Jansen: an experiment in avant-garde furniture design resulting from the coming together of their oddly mismatched sensibilities and skills in working animal skins.

Venue Arc One, 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne



Presented by NGV and Stylecraft
12–20 MAR, MON–FRI, 8.30AM–5PM & SAT, 10AM–4PM

The finalists for the 2020 Australian Furniture Design Award will be exhibited in the Stylecraft Melbourne showroom duringMelbourne Design Week.

Venue Stylecraft, 145 Flinders Ln, Melbourne



Presented by NGV
WED 18 MAR, 10AM–3PM

Creative Victoria and NGV are offering a $20,000 major prize for the best design idea in the Professional category and $5000 in the Tertiary category, in a challenge addressing one of the world’s fastest growing waste problems – e-waste. Teams in each category will have to convince the Challenge jury, chaired by Craig Reucassel from the ABC’s War on Waste, that their idea is the best solution to tackle the 40 million tons of e-waste produced globally every year.

Venue Great Hall, Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne



MDW Film Festival returns with 11 films curated by Richard Sowada including Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, the final instalment of directors Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s epic environmental trilogy; and a complex reflection on Hong Kong’s relationship between landscape, nature, urbanisation and society in Many Undulating Things, directed by Bo Wang and Pan Lu. Screenings across Lido Cinema in Hawthorn, Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, a free matinee program at NGV Australia and a public urban screen program at Federation Square.

Guest Speakers

Full speaker line up announced Feb 2020


Architect Francis Kéré was born in the small West African town of Gando in Burkina Faso. After being awarded a scholarship to apprentice in Germany, Kéré garnered critical praise when he was awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first ever building – a primary school he designed, raised the funds for and realised in collaboration with the residents of his native Gando.

BAS VAN ABEL, founder Fairphone

Bas van Abel is a social entrepreneur and innovator. He founded Fairphone, the producer of the world’s first sustainable, modular smartphone and the fastest growing tech start-up in Europe. For Fairphone, van Abel led the largest ever European crowdfunding campaign (7.5 million euros).


Debbie Millman is a designer, author, educator, curator and host of the podcast Design Matters. In her role as host, Millman has interviewed nearly 500 artists, designers and cultural commentators over the show’s fourteen-year history. In 2011 Design Matters won the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and in 2015 Apple named it one of the best overall podcasts on iTunes.


NMBW Architecture Studio is an architectural practice established in Melbourne. The practice specialises in urban engagement and culturally-specific design. With an emphasis on analytical, research based approach, NMBW link site-specific actions to larger urban and landscape concerns. The studio’s working process is a lively collaboration between the three directors, clients, particular site conditions and various local traditions.

Ellen Broad

Ellen Broad is at the forefront of data, AI and machine learning. She is a Senior Fellow with the 3A Institute, founded by Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Australian National University. She is a member of the Australian government’s Data Advisory Council and author of Made by Humans: the AI Condition (Melbourne University Publishing, 2018). She has been featured in publications including The Guardian, New Scientist and Griffith Review. A board game about data she created with Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute, is being played in 19 countries.

Dr. Marvi Matos

Dr. Marvi Matos is the director for Crew Capsule on the New Shepard program at Blue Origin. At Blue Origin, she has led the newly formed Materials and Processes group where she directed the development of novel materials and manufacturing technologies in aerospace. Matos is a Chemical Engineer who has held positions as lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Senior Research Scientist in Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Matos has consulted independently on engineering innovations and intellectual property development. She has worked at Boeing as Scientist and Engineer as well as lead of Thin Films research team managing Manufacturing Engineering, Research and Technology, and as director of Chemical Technologies, Metals and Ceramics.

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