Fringe Furniture 32

Thu 13th September, 2018 – Sun 30th September, 2018
Abbotsford Convent, Rosina Auditorium
1–3 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
The eclectic furniture exhibition is back, and this year there’s a big focus on gender equality.

For more than three decades the annual Fringe Furniture exhibition has showcased prototype and market-ready furniture designs from emerging and established artists and designers. It's a playground of ideas, harnessing the talent of Australia’s vibrant design scene.

This year Fringe Furniture 32 is more expansive than ever, with a record more than 160 entries. There will also be tactile tours for those with disabilities, artist tours and design talks. Director of Authentic Design Alliance Anne-Maree Sargeant will chat about her career, spanning from interior design to curatorship, and the prevalence of design theft in Australia.

Fran White’s award-winning VaryVases will be on display. The piece is an assembly of mass-produced but personalised vases, which won the concept design award at the 2018 VIVID Design Competition.

And Bespoke homewares designer Eugenie Kawabata will exhibit her Fold – Karijini series – a pair of side tables inspired by the vivid colours of the Australia’s landscape. Kawabata has been involved in the NGV Design Week for the past couple of years, exhibiting, curating and co-curating. Her works included Departures in 2017, and How Much Can a Koala Bear and Yakka in 2018.

A modern take on the traditional bankers lamp features a salvaged log in place of the "shade". Jeanie Mulligan's Foal stool draws inspiration from a stumbling, newborn foal. Another stool is dedicated to coffee, and there are vivid, candy-pink ottomans.

For its 32nd year, the line-up includes more female-identifying and non-binary designers (38 per cent), as the Fringe Furniture for Gender Equality Initiative aims to promote gender equality in the fields of art and design. The Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which supports the initiative, subsidised registration fees for these communities by 15.3 per cent – the current gender pay gap in Australia.

Opening hours:
Wed to Sun 11am–5pm

More information on times and tours here.