Fringe Furniture 32 award winners announced

See the winning works until Sunday 30th September

Fringe Furniture has announced the award-winners for the 32nd annual exhibition of boundary-pushing design. This year’s exhibition is a record breaker, with more pieces exhibited (over 150) and more female-identifying and non-binary designers represented (38%) than ever before.

The winners are:

Authentic Design Alliance Award of Merit supported by Authentic Design Alliance
Cheng-yue Jia, Origami Lounger (pictured)

Best Student Design, supported by Tongue and Groove
Kayla Lim, The Bend

Emerging Designer Award, supported by Craft
Kayla Lim, The Bend
and
Olas Design, GH Bike Rack

Production Ready Award, supported by Like Butter
Darcy Zelenko, Good Chair

Rakumba Award for Lighting Innovation, supported by Rakumba
The Arrest, Keystone

Tait Award for Design Innovation, supported by Tait
Nood Co, Iva Side Table

The Banyule Design for a Circular Economy Award, supported by Banyule City Council
Kristen Wang, Re.Bean: Coffee Stool

The Games We Play Award, supported by The Abbortsford Convent
Eamon Riley, Bar-code

The Handsome and Co. Finely Crafted Award, supported by Handsome and Co.
Artesan Design, Symmetrical Assymetry

Most Experimental Design Award, supported by Melbourne Fringe
Figgoscope Curates, The ToTems

38% of this year’s exhibition showcased works were by female-identifying and non-binary participants (up from 28% in 2017), and four awards were presented to female designers. Designer Kristen Wang received the Banyule Design for a Circular Economy Award with her Re.Bean: Coffee Stool, which is made entirely out of coffee ground waste, waste hessian coffee bean bags and natural binding from animal waste. Banyule City Council presented a Fringe Furniture award for the 15th consecutive year this year.

More than 1800 people have visited the exhibition so far, and Fringe Furniture 32 continues at the Abbotsford Convent until 30 September.

Audiences are invited to gain further insight into the exhibition with the remaining free tours: Artist-led Tours on 30 September from 3–4pm, and a Tactile Tour on Saturday 29 September from 11–12.30pm. Designed for blind and low-vision visitors, the tactile tour led by an experienced accessibility guide, who will facilitate tactile interactions with selected pieces and provide an audio description of the exhibition.

About Fringe Furniture

Fringe Furniture is the longest-running event in the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival and has been part of the Festival for every year since 1986. Melbourne Fringe fosters the idea of cultural democracy – of art for everyone – which is why established and emerging artists stand side-by-side testing bold new work.

The exhibition showcases furniture, lighting, homewares, wearable objects, permanent and ephemeral works. Established as an experimental playground, which has become a standout exhibition of emerging market-ready design, Fringe Furniture has provided an exciting platform for artists and designers for the last three decades.

Image credits:
1. Cheng-yue Jia – Origami Lounger. Photo courtesy of Melbourne Fringe
2. Kayla Lim – The Bend. Photo courtesy of the designer
3. Olas Design – GH Bike Rack. Photo by Andy Mullens

Fringe Furniture 32
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Abbotsford Convent, Rosina Auditorium
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Free