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Design Fringe

34 YEARS OF FRINGE FURNITURE: REIMAGINED

Fringe Furniture has evolved and expanded to become Design Fringe – a new exhibition celebrating Melbourne’s extraordinary independent and emerging designers as well as the groundbreaking, bizarre and impractical 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.

We’re working with the incredible Linden New Art to create an exhibition that incorporates our long-living, much-loved furniture and design showcase, as well as reaching further into experimental design that forges forward to the cutting edge of contemporary design.

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Design Fringe Program

18 September – 21 November

Operating for an extended period of three months at its new home at Linden New Art, plus an exciting curated collection at the Victorian Pride Centre during the Festival dates, Design Fringe will host an expanded program of events including panel discussions on accessibility, gender and sustainability in design; artist conversations, tours and more.

This year’s event has the theme of “home”, acknowledging that our own dwellings often provide the inspiration for exceptional design. Our First Nations Deadly Fringe commission is proudly supported by the Aesop Foundation, Trawalla Foundation and Indigenous Languages and the Arts Program.

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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