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Design Fringe


Melbourne Fringe’s iconic, avant-garde furniture exhibition turns 35 this year and it has a new name and a new home base (albeit a virtual one for 2021!). Fringe Furniture is evolving to become Design Fringe – an expanded series of exhibitions, design workshops and talks celebrating Melbourne’s extraordinary independent and emerging designers and the ground-breaking works they produce.

Encompassing all types of object design including furniture, fashion and sculpture, Design Fringe expands on Fringe Furniture’s legacy, ensuring that open access design opportunities are embedded in the contemporary design industry into the future.

In 2021 the pandemic may have thwarted plans for a full, in-person exhibition, but just like our designers do every day, we have been thinking creatively – reworking and rebuilding Design Fringe 2021 to represent the world as it is today. This year’s Design Fringe focuses on the theme of “home”, acknowledging that our own dwellings often provide the inspiration for exceptional design.

At the centre of Design Fringe’s 2021 program is Designers on Your Doorstep – showcasing the extraordinary, the bizarre and the propositional works of our 2021 designers. Available virtually through a beautiful, bespoke e-magazine and catalogue on Linden New Art’s website, and supported by an outdoor public art poster campaign, Designers on Your Doorstep presents an intimate portrait of the designers, their inspiration and their bold new works.

Design Fringe will also host an expanded program of virtual events covering the big topics in design – accessibility, equity, gender and sustainability in design; artist conversations, workshops… and even the intersection between design and drag. These important, exciting and thought-provoking conversations dissect the industry today, while taking a look toward the design world of the future.

All Design Fringe Programs

Including panel discussions on accessibility, gender and sustainability in design; artist conversations, tours and more.

Design Fringe for Gender Equity

Discounts and mentorships for female and non-binary designers

Design Fringe is proudly supported by