Melbourne Design Week 2019 - Top free exhibitions and talks


With Melbourne Design Week 2019 coming up from 14-24 March we’ve put together a list of the events we’re most excited to check out. Designers have been asked to explore how design shapes the future and what designers can do to bring about the best possible future through thoughtful design. This list is just a snapshot of some of our favourites, but there are many more events and talks on offer with some of Melbourne’s best design talent involved.

‘Melbourne Design Week was established to shine a light on our local design community, explore the role design plays in everyday life, and showcase the ways design is helping to tackle the challenges of the future. With events across Melbourne and Geelong, Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design, this is our biggest design week to date and an extraordinary demonstration of the breadth and impact of design.’

Martin Foley
Minister for Creative Industries

Free Exhibitions

Venue: Elk 182 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Times: 10AM–6PM Daily
Presented by Elk

Venue: K-Five showroom 275 Smith St, Fitzroy
Times: Mon-Fri 10AM-4PM; Sat, 10AM–4PM & Sun, 12–4PM
Meet the designers: Sat 16 March, 12–4PM
Launch: 15 March - 6PM, booking required for launch only.
Presented by Manuel Canestrini, Yan Huang, Colin Whitehead

Venue: Craft Victoria, Watson Place off Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Times: 11AM–6PM
Presented by BKK Architects

Venue: TDF Gallery 14 Little Oxford St, Collingwood
Times: 11AM-5PM
Presented by New Volumes c/o Artedomus

Venue: Compound Interest 15–25 Keele St, Collingwood
Times: 11AM-5PM
Launch: 22 March, 6-9PM
Presented by Friends & Associates

Venue: Modern Times 311 Smith St, Fitzroy
Times: Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM; Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 11AM-5PM
Launch: Thursday 21 March, 6-8PM
Presented by Modern Times

Venue: 408 Smith Street, Collingwood
Times: 10AM–4PM
Launch: Thursday 21 MAR, 6–8PM, bookings essential
Presented by Alt. Material



Thursday 14th 6pm–9pm

Space Furniture
629 Church Street, Richmond

$22.19 Adult
Book now

Presented by Space Furniture

Saturday 16th 3pm–4pm

Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert St, Richmond


Presented by Sophie Gannon Gallery

Tuesday 19th 6:30pm–8:30pm

Mercedes me Melbourne
525 Collins St, Melbourne

$10 NGV Member / $12 Adult
Price includes a welcome drink and grazing table on arrival.
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Presented by Indesign Magazine, Mercedes me Melbourne and NGV

Tuesday 19th 2:30pm–6pm

Great Hall
NGV International

$15 NGV Member / $20 Adult / $18 Concession
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Presented by the NGV, Foreground and The New York Times

Wednesday 20th 6:15pm–7:45pm

NH Architecture,
Level 7 Cannons House 12-20 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

$20 Adult
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Presented by Communications Collective

Thursday 21st 2:00pm–3:30pm

Exhibition space
NGV International


Moderator: Simone LeAmon, The Hugh Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, NGV

Thursday 21st 6pm–9pm

TSAR Carpets Showroom
250 High Street, Windsor


Presented by Byzantine design, Tsar Carpets & Luke Furniture

Friday 22nd 7pm–9pm

Storey Hall
342–344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

$29.95 – $39.95
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Presented by Tim Ross

Saturday 23rd 3:30pm–5pm

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
NGV International

Free - Booking required

Presented by RMIT University School of Art