Fringe Furniture 31



We’ve been so overwhelmed by the response to our callout for submissions to Fringe Furniture 31 that we’ve extended the deadline to register till 11.59pm, Monday 3 July!  

If you were considering submitting your work to this year’s exhibition of stand-out design, but needed more time to mull things over or get your submission ready, now’s the time to get cracking! 

Contact the Fringe Furniture Associate Producer, Kristina if you’re worried about getting your registration in on time: call 9660 9600 or email

Fringe Furniture is a standout exhibition of design, from the reassuringly practical to the confusingly obtuse, hosted in the stunning Abbotsford Convent from 14 September – 1 October 2017 as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. So, if you are an established or emerging designer who is looking to exhibit in a boundary-pushing showcase of cutting-edge industrial design (this is no Ikea showroom, although you might still find something comfy to sit on), then step forward. Be counted. Apply to participate in Fringe Furniture today.

For more information, download our registration pack here


WHAT - Fringe Furniture 31: Out of the Echo Chamber

WHEN - 14 September – 1 October 2017

WHERE - The Abbotsford Convent (Abbotsford)

WHO - Fringe is proudly open access which means that anyone can apply, whether you are emerging, established or just enjoy knocking together some wood, Fringe Furniture is the exhibition for you. 

REGISTRATIONS - Open 5 June and close 26 June 2017

COST - $105 or $85 concession (for full-time students and concession card holders); $85 for additional entries


Some frequently asked questions...

Q: Can I submit my work even if it’s not finished yet?
Absolutely!  If your work isn’t finished, you can submit a description of your concept and how you hope it’ll turn out.  Sketches of your idea or photos of the work in progress are totally acceptable.

Q: Can I submit multiple pieces?
A: Yes – once you’ve registered your first piece via our registration form, you’ll be provided with a link to submit additional pieces via a much shorter form. All entries after your first are charged the discounted registration fee, whether you’ve got a concession card or not.

Q: Can I submit my "weird design object" to Fringe Furniture?
A: Almost certainly – have a read of our Registration Info Pack to get an idea of what we’re looking for, and if you’re still not sure, contact the Fringe Furniture Associate Producer, Kristina via the contact details below.



Fringe Furniture recognises design excellence and innovation through a tailored awards program that is made possible by the generous support of industry and community.  The 2017 awards are: 

  • The Tait Award for Design Innovation
  • The Craftsmanship Award presented by Handsome & Co.
  • The ISM Objects Award for Lighting Innovation
  • Award for Best Design - Sustainable Material & Practice presented by Banyule City Council
  • The Emerging Designer Award presented by Craft
  • The Best Student Design Award presented by Tongue and Groove


Looking for a little fr-inspiration, consider this year’s provocation: Get out of the echo chamber. 

Fringe Furniture artists and designers can make work about whatever they like. Your art. Your rules. But this year we’re particularly interested in hearing from designers whose work makes a political statement. In society, we hear what we want to hear, confirming our own world views and surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals. We’re in a post-truth world and we reckon it’s time to look at this world from a different angle. Everything has changed. All the rules have been forgotten.  Our leaders have failed us. And that’s why we need you, designers and makers of Melbourne, to imagine a new path forward. 

So, how can design shift our thinking? How can we step outside of the Echo Chamber? 

It’s up to you. Buck the trend and say ciao to unwearable art or impermanent objects designed to gracefully disintegrate. Change your mind and use materials you despise as a starting point. Design from a perspective other pale, male or stale. Design an object functional only outside of the Echo Chamber. What does that mean? We don’t even know! 

Designers of Melbourne Fringe – your materials, your objects, your art is political. Make a statement. Make a difference. It’s time to step out of the Echo Chamber.