Festival Info

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Design Fringe


3 September – 21 November

A stool crafted from found objects. An intricate, woodworking masterpiece to stand the test of time. An amorphous ceramic object that challenges the limits of form and materials because… why not? For decades Fringe Furniture has been a space for designers to experiment and play, to look beyond the bounds of traditional furniture and design. After 34 years, it’s time for the next stage of evolution. Introducing… Design Fringe!

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 Registrations

Open now til 9 July.

Registrations for Design Fringe are open now, and are open to all Australian-based artists and designers at any stage of their career.

If you’re a designer or artist who’s been around the block, Design Fringe is your chance to push the boundaries, explore new ideas and get your work in front of fresh eyes. If you’re new to design, or an established artist who wants to try something new, Design Fringe is the place to get your work seen, build new networks and get award and mentorship opportunities. Plus, you’ll get a Melbourne Fringe Festival artist pass giving you access to literally hundreds of shows for free.

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Keen to get involved? Head straight to our registration form and get started.

First Nations Commission

Applications are open for an exciting commission for a First Nations designer.

2021 Provocation: Home

Need inspiration? This year’s exhibition theme is ‘HOME’.

Design Fringe for Gender Equity

Discounts and mentorships for female and non-binary designers

Design Fringe is proudly supported by