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Material Thought: exploring material through the work of innovative Australian designers, as part of Melbourne Design Week

As part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, Modern Times is presenting Material Thought, an exhibition of contemporary furniture,lighting and objects by some of Australia’s most innovative and creative designers. Discover new work by Steelotto, Nicolette Johnson, Christopher Boots, Henry Wilson, Ebony Heidenreich, Maddie Sharrock, Studio ac-s, Alterfact and Coco Flip.

Exhibition Dates
14 – 24th March 2019

Location
Modern Times
311 Smith St,
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV

Join us for a drink when Brooke Holm’s, Sand Sea opens Thursday 6-8pm 21st March

The designers and makers featured in this exhibition are designing, developing and manufacturing their products in Australia. They select their materials with care and consideration for aesthetics, suitability, longevity and sustainability.

The designers work with an awareness and a certain burden that materials can be of unknown origins, that extraction of any natural material has consequences on the environment and that natural materials such as stone and silver are finite.

The theme of Melbourne Design Week is Design Experiments – ‘How can design shape the future?’. Every choice a designer makes has an impact on the future, and these independent designers balance their experimental practice and design decisions with the objective of making objects of beauty intended to last a lifetime.

Material Thought highlights include Maddie Sharrock’s Snake Head seat made from a unique combination of polystyrene, polyurethane, polymer cement and concrete (recently acquired by the NGV Contemporary Design and Architecture Collection) and the launch of Honey, a new lighting collection from Coco Flip taking cues from the humble honey dipper’s soft curves and classic geometry made from slip-cast ceramic stoneware and American White Ash timber.

We are very proud to be part of Melbourne Design Week, Australia’s leading international design event! Do check out the program for more than 200+ talks, exhibitions, tours and workshops that explore how design can shape the future.

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