Explore RMIT design at Melbourne Design Week

Explore RMIT design at Melbourne Design Week

As Design Partner to the NGV, RMIT is proud to present and support a range of industry-focused events - including talks, exhibitions and tours - at Melbourne Design Week.

/ᐠ。ꞈ。ᐟ\ by Dowel Jones is on show as part of Decennium. Photo: Cricket Studio

An initiative of the Victorian Government's Creative State strategy, presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Design Week (15-25 March) explores the wide-ranging effects of design on contemporary life.

Among the many jewels supported by RMIT is Decennium, a one-night-only showcase that celebrates the work and development of 30 alumni from the award-winning Associate Degree in Design (Furniture)

The event also marks the 10th anniversary of the renowned course.

Hex by Richard Greenacre will be featured in Decennium. Photo: Richard Greenacre

Decennium co-creator and RMIT lecturer, Leo Sadlek, says the event is an opportunity to see some of the amazing work that alumni have created.

“These alumni have been part of the design community making contributions to a wide range of products and services for Melbourne, as well as attracting international attention,” Sadlek says.

“Some have worked in the field of object design, working through challenging problems incorporating the use of materials, technology and sustainable practice.

“Other alumni have had a career vector that has lead them to work within the social entrepreneurial field.

“Many have developed skills that add to the vibrant, highly skilled and crafted items that explore and enhance the local small manufacturing sector. In the last 10 years many alumni have contributed to a supportive community of practice.”

Hexy Legs by Harry Zanios will among work by 30 alumni at Decennium.

Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, said: “RMIT is ranked first in Australia and 11th in the world for Art and Design.

“We work with many local and international design organisations to share our expertise and ambitions for quality design and architectural outcomes.

“We’re delighted to partner with the NGV to showcase ‘the right now’ in design at Melbourne Design Week.”

Decennium is on Friday 23 March, 6pm-10pm at the RMIT Alumni Courtyard, 357-377 Russell Street. Entry is free.

Other RMIT events at Melbourne Design Week

Experimental Jetset – Superstructure

Co-presented by RMIT Design Hub, this is the first major survey exhibition in Australia of Amsterdam-based graphic design studio, Experimental Jetsest.

16 March-5 May, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm. Free

Melbourne Art Book Fair Symposium: The Future Lasts Only a Moment

Presented in conjunction with the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of RMIT School of Design, this symposium explores the critical role verbal, visual and spatial languages play in the formation of cities and communities.

Thur 15 March, 1.30pm-5.30pm. $45M | $55A | $50C

Open State Tour: RMIT MicroNano Research Facility

See how RMIT installed a semiconductor research facility atop a heritage-listed building.

Friday 16 March, 2pm-3.30pm, 3.45pm-4.45pm. Free, bookings required

Discover RMIT's world-class MicroNano Research Facility during Melbourne Design Week.

Vince Frost: Designing a Better World

Presented by RMIT School of Design, Vince Frost talks about designing better experiences that enrich lives, drive change and improve wellbeing.

Monday 19 March, 6.30-8pm. Free

The Autonomous Model in Theatre and Architecture

Thea Brejzek and Lawrence Wallen track the emergence of the autonomous model as cultural artefact in theatre and architecture. Co-hosted by RMIT University Interior Design.

Monday 19 March, 6pm-7:30pm. Free

Open State Tour: RMIT New Academic Street

Tour the newly transformed heart of RMIT's City campus.

Tuesday 20 Mar, 10am. Free

Built for lovers of great design: RMIT's New Academic Street.

Inner Worlds

Presented by RMIT and Lendlease, this forum and public artwork launch uncovers the interior environments of Docklands architecture.

Tuesday 20 Mar, 4pm-9pm. Free

Why Research Graphic Design?

Melbourne-based designers Stuart Geddes, Jenny Grigg and Beaziyt share insights garnered from research into and through graphic design, and discuss the value of research to practice. Presented by RMIT Design Hub.

Wednesday 21 March, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Free

Melbourne Innovation District Symposium

A one-day symposium that looks at the role of design in shaping a new precinct. Presented by RMIT Architecture.

Friday 23 Mar, 9.30am-4pm. Free, bookings required

Experiments in Ephemeral Architecture: NGV Architecture Commission

One-night showcase of the design schemes received for the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission competition. Announcement of the 2018 shortlist.

Friday 23 March, 5.30pm-8pm. Free

See the full Melbourne Design Week program.


Story: Kelly Ford

13 March 2018


13 March 2018


  • Arts and culture
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