Pragmatism and sustainability at the core of this year’s Melbourne Design Week

Melbourne Design Week has today revealed the full program for its largest festival to date.

Presented by Creative Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria, the festival returns for its fourth consecutive year with more than 300 events across 11 days exploring the theme ‘How Can Design Shape Life?’

Now, with eco-consciousness and pragmatism at its core, design is as much about function as it is about form.

Says the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley: “From tackling e-waste to creating healthy cities and driving sustainability, design has the capacity to improve the way we live and address the challenges of our times. This year’s action-packed program extends across greater Melbourne, and to Geelong, celebrating design in all its facets and shining a light on the designers who are shaping our lives – now and in the future.”

Melbourne Design Week provides an excellent opportunity for audiences to experience a diverse selection of keynote lectures, exhibitions and talks by the who’s who of local, national and international design.

Lighting, furniture, objects, fashion, architecture, textiles and contemporary jewellery will feature in exhibitions focusing on collectible design.

Melbourne Design Week will also examine the effects of increasing urbanisation and how we can foster healthy cities, and practitioners will explore the role design plays in framing our relationship with water with a program of tours, walks, rides, talks and special events championing Victoria’s rivers, bays and oceans.

Now, with eco-consciousness and pragmatism at its core, design is as much about function as it is about form.

Antonino Tati


Melbourne Design Week is on from 12-22 March 2020. For the full program visit

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