Installation view of <em>Design Wall</em> on display as part of the <em>Melbourne Now</em> exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023.  Image: Peter Bennetts<br/>

Design Wall

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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square
Level 3

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Melbourne Now’s Design Wall celebrates innovative consumer products designed in Melbourne. Representing thirty-five projects by twenty-five design studios – from industrial design consultancies to in-house research and design departments – the installation brings together designers, companies and brands who are shaping the way we live today.

Design is always about delivering a degree of change. How and why new products are developed is driven by social dynamics, regulations and economic forces. Encoded with vast amounts of information, products and their designs are shaped by the conditions and systems of place and time – development and delivery are the result of process. Offering insight into the factors influencing contemporary product design in Melbourne, the collection explores how everyday goods can embody the qualities of place and the values of those who live there. 

The four themes of the Design Wall – Change and Stability, Localities and Markets, Process and Proximity, and Creative Currents – infer how Melbourne society, culture, geography and marketplace interact to influence what is being designed here.

Representing new product models and product iterations, the homeware, healthcare, trade, sporting, furniture and lifestyle products in Design Wall offer a view into how Melbourne designers, companies and brands are taking their products from concept to market and making valued contributions to the dynamic landscape of applied creativity in Melbourne.

The Design Wall is an exhibition design collaboration between NGV and Hassell, Melbourne.

Simone LeAmon, Hugh Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV