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The 2006 Melbourne Design Festival has kicked off in Melbourne, Australia on 6th July. This ten-day festival is organised by Melbourne-based National Design Centre, bringing along a range of events related to multi-disciplinary design fields such as architecture, landscape, interior, graphic, industrial, textile, fashion design and multimedia. The specific architecture highlights of the festival include:
5oth Anniversary of a Design Icon – is a international touring exhibition and events related to design duo – Charles and Ray Eames. The exhibition was launched by Eameses grandson Eerman Demetrios at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. The centrepiece is the Eames Lounge which is considered one of the Carla Hartman will conducting a series of educational workshops Chair Camp.
Under Capricorn – The New Design Show – Claiming to be the ” design show with a difference”, Under Capricorn is a trade event featuring recently released products, technologies and services. Commissioned work from newly emerging designers such as Pseudo Republik, Simon MacEwan and Poppies for Grace will be part of the show.
Hot House – Design studios such as Moth Design, Syndicate Design, Pseudo Republic and others participated in this architectural installation. The concept is to observe design’s effect on the environment. The installation also includes a series of thought-provoking products, incorporating ideas of sustainability, solar energy, energy harnessing methods and use our most prolific energy source – the sun to the optimum degree.
expresso expressway – Presented by architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall, who were out to present the non-architecture component of their designs. This Melburnian team are known for their landmark structures such as the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the Melbourne Museum and the Bolte Bridge. This exhibition features cups, coffee pots (famously for the Italian brand Alessi), furniture and other objects. Designs were presented through original ‘never-ever-seen-in-public’ hand-drawn sketches, computer visualisations, animations, photographs, models and actual objects. John Denton, Victoria’s government architect, will also present a lecture about the processes behind the work on exhibition during the Melbourne Design Festival Speaker Series. www.dentoncorkermarshall.com
Additionally, feature films such as My Architect (2003) by Nathaniel Kahn and Pollock (2000)will be also part of the design festival.