Fringe Furniture is the longest-running event in the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival. The first exhibition was held in 1986 and has been a part of the Festival every year since. Since 2011 Fringe Furniture has been held at Abbotsford Convent, and for 2014-16 will be partnered by the City of Yarra.
Fringe Furniture is an open-access design event – that means that any artist, from any discipline can respond to each year’s theme and submit a piece for display. Fringe Furniture isn’t just for furniture designers. Entries are encouraged from a broad range of design forms, including; furniture, lighting, homewares, wearable objects, decorative arts, permanent and ephemeral works.
In practice what that means is that some of Victoria’s most established artists exhibit works alongside some of our most exciting emerging designers.
Each year, the Fringe Furniture Awards recognise excellence in a range of categories including lighting design, sustainability and emerging talent.
2014 Project Theme: Living Traces
The story of human life is told by the traces of our journey through it.
Every object we create is a time capsule to be rediscovered, a monument with fascinating tales to tell.
From ancient times to the present, the artefacts we design become evidence for coming generations to understand us. They act as coded messages, showing how we lived, worked and came together, how we created and what we valued.
Design also informs the future, evolving as we do. The movement of ideas from generation to generation inspires new forms and icons. A chair was once a stone or a branch, and through a process of evolution it became something else. What could it be next?
In 2014, Fringe Furniture’s artists respond to these ideas and create living traces of our world, constructing artefacts from the now that acknowledge both our history and the future to come.
Fringe Furniture 2014
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
18 September – 5 October
Wed – Thurs
11am – 5pm