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Melbourne Design Week 2017


Ross Gardam’s Replicated for Australia chair is currently on display as part of 26 Original Fakes during this year’s Melbourne Design Week. Friends & Associates invited 26 modern Australian furniture designers to reconfigure and exhibit an existing replica design as a way to deconstruct how the design object is valued.

Questioning how replica furniture draws focus to issues of authenticity, creative practice and the commercial market, the first realisation of Friends & Associates takes the theme ‘Design Values’ to consider how the design community can hack and reevaluate the replica. Each of the contributors were given a replica Jasper Morrison HAL Wood Chair to ‘redesign’. Ross Gardam’s Replicated for Australia chair comments on the lack of rights for Australian designers when it comes to protecting their own designs, this is strong contrast to the strong laws abroad in other nations.

Melbourne Design Week will also host; Undervalued, an exhibition which displayed beautiful objects and designs that might otherwise be overlooked by many because of their price. In a society where value is often associated with price, the objects were

chosen to expand the appreciation for what good design can and should mean.

A selection of designers and creatives were asked to submit their favourite design costing up to $2, €2, and ¥200. Items included wooden coat hangers, little soy sauce fish bottles, a HB pencil and the Australian $2 coin itself.

Both exhibitions can be seen at Watchmaker, 296 Smith Street, Collingwood, from the 16th to 26th of March.

Please come by and participate! For more information head to the Melbourne Design Week website.

Melbourne Design Week – presented by the NGV.