The ExLab: Experimental Furniture Exhibition showcases innovative and experimental furniture pieces designed and made by graduate students at the Melbourne School of Design, in the Faculty ofArchitecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.
This year, the design brief challenged students to design a small furniture piece using an experimental process that is driven by material qualities and processes of making. This unusual process results in innovative furniture that pushes the boundaries of beauty, function and innovation.
Unlikely materials feature prominently amongst the furniture, with pieces made from recycled coffee grounds, paper or foam. With the finished pieces exemplifying how the constraints of certain materials can, in fact, be manipulated and used to the designer’s advantage, driving the design process.
“The furniture pieces also incorporate each designer’s own interests and design agendas into the process as well. For those interested in new technology we have furniture made from an industrial robot 3d printer and another assembled using holographic instructions.”