Denfair, now in its fifth year, is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design. The trade exhibition brings together the best of Australian and international exhibitors for three days of design inspiration.
Back in June, the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre opened its doors for the fifth annual edition of Denfair. Over three days the event welcomed over 8000 professional designers, architects, interior stylists and design-lovers who enjoyed an expertly curated programme of inspiration, conversation and collaboration.
Denfair has become a key date in the Australian design calendar when it comes to the launch of new products. Local Australian brands along with international exhibitors are able to showcase innovative new products, inventive lighting, functional furniture, exciting finishes and creative solutions for the designed environment.
The event covers both commercial interiors and residential design for indoors and outdoors. The theme of the show this year was Life Work which shone a light on designs which support the rapid integration of our working and personal lives.
On day one of the show, leading Australian supplier of premium local and European fireplaces, Living Fire, presented its range of wood, gas and electric designer fireplaces. The sculptural, elegant, and statement works of art are chosen by architects, interior designers, developers and home renovators to heat the home and warm the soul.
Founded by Oliver Maclatchy and based on his love of timber, Wood Melbourne has gone on to launched its second line of products, designed and hand crafted by Oliver in concrete. Minimal in style and maximal in function, the Sepp concrete basin and the Wolff vanity work exceptionally well together. The Wolff vanity has been designed with openness in mind to create a sense of space in even the smallest of bathrooms.
Ross Didier launched new products including the Puffalo lounge range and the Fable Outdoor range. The Fable collection takes archetypal furniture shapes from children’s tales and folklores to represent the simplicity of cottage craft. The new outdoor collection has been toughened up and fabricated in aluminium and stainless steel for braving the harshest of elements outside.
Coco Flip, a Melbourne-based furniture and lighting design studio, also launched new products at the show. Honey is their latest collection of lighting and takes cues from the humble honey dipper’s soft curves. The stepped geometric silhouette is a nod to a stylised Art Deco sensibility. Honey is a sculptural statement piece that celebrates Melbourne’s local artisans and provides a subtle ambient light.
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed design and manufacture firm Nood Co presented its collection of Australian-made concrete basins. Their products encourage us to re-think how we perceive concrete and present a refinement previously unseen in this masculine material which takes on a more feminine feel thanks to the elegant curves and highly pigmented colours.