Since its launch in 2008, online lifestyle and design haven The Design Files has snowballed into one of Australia’s most popular design blogs (on average the site receives a whopping one million impressions per month) and founder Lucy Feagins admits, “it’s a full-time job.” This month, The Design Files brings a new element to its readers, with the launch of a new, physical gallery space, The Design Files Collect, a project that unearths emerging and unrepresented Australian artists.

The idea came from The Design Files Open House, where Feagins noticed that visitors showed significant interest in the pieces of art on display. Drawing on her experience of sourcing artists and selling art through Open House, Lucy was inspired to do something that was “exclusively about art.”

“The idea is to do The Design Files Collect four times a year. It gives me the opportunity to work with Australian artists and showcase their work on a more regular basis and on a slightly smaller scale than with Open House.”

The first exhibition (running until April 3) features the work of Melbourne-based artist Barbara Kitallides and her collection Decoding the Jungle, a series of 26 abstract, acrylic and varnish paintings which explore the emotional jungle that sometimes lives within and around us.

“We came across Barbara’s work about a year ago. She’s really only been painting professionally for 18 months,” says Feagins.

“We know that our readers loved her work because we’ve featured her before. We thought it would make sense to go with someone our readers knew a little bit about for our first show.”

The Design Files Collect is also hoping to encourage young collectors to source Australian art at an affordable price (most pieces retail for under $2500). The next exhibition will be held in early July featuring the work of Sydney artist Laura Jones.

The Design Files Collect
87 Albert Street, Brunswick
Daily 10am–4pm (until April 3)