State of Design Festival 2011


Yesterday, a yearly design manufacturing event opened to hundreds of local and international designers. The State of Design Festival 2011 is the largest and most innovative design event in Australia. It aims to create awareness of the value of design and show how design generates innovation, promotes sustainability and add value to business and society. The festival consists of workshops, forums, exhibitions and events.

One such event is Design: Made: Trade, a boutique event showcasing Australian and international design culture. The exhibition features designers, small manufacturers and small product makers from a diverse range of design disciplines, such as industrial design, graphic design, lighting, textiles, furniture, fashion and hand-made objects. The exhibition is designed to connect designers with manufacturers, retailers and export buyers. It is a great chance to meet leading and emerging designers and network with the designing community.

This year’s Design: Made: Trade is designed by Melbourne’s architectural studio, Edwards Moore. The theme is to create an impression of  a lively souk. Different stalls will have different characteristics to form a unified whole and encourage interactivity not only between exhibitors and visitors, but neighbouring stalls as well.

Visit State of Design Festival 2011, Design: Made: Trade website for trade pass and more information on the event.

Date: 21 – 22 July 2011 (Trade and industry), 23 – 24 July 2011 (Public)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Trade and industry – Free upon pre-registration. Public – $10
Location: Royal Exhibition Building. 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton

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