DENFAIR 2019

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An inside look at Melbourne’s hottest design event

A weekend in Melbourne – lots of shopping, all the food you can eat, bars… and of course, Denfair! My favourite design event of the year and who doesn’t love a good excuse to jet off over east for a week!?

Denfair is a design event that is held annually in Melbourne and Sydney. It’s a chance for hundreds of local and international brands to come together and connect through their passion for design. So naturally, I fit right in, and I am so excited to share with you some design gems that I found!

All About Colour!

This year was all about colour! While there have been pops of colour in previous years, this year it was everywhere! We’re talking soft furnishing, homewares, ceramics, glass…everywhere I looked…COLOUR. While Grey is still popular, the total saturation in every shade of grey, is well and truly over. Hello brave new world!

These are just some of the stunning coloured ceramics and glass from Bison Home

Earth Tones & Soft Edges

We have been talking a bit about this colour trend is some of our previous blogs...and it was absolutely everywhere! Terracotta, olive and forest greens, ochre and mustard yellows, sienna reds. These beautiful autumn tones paired with the softer shapes created a relaxed yet very contemporary feel.

I was absolutely in love with this entire stand by Domo. The Wings Bed and Vuelta Armchair chair, designed by Jaime Hayon were only some of the gorgeous pieces.

Have a look at our blog from the beginning of the year to find out more about the colour schemes that are trending in 2019.

Organic Materials

Imperfect is the new perfect! Slick, clean-cut furniture is no longer! The interior design world is heading back to its organic roots using raw, earthy materials and designs. Statement pieces are incorporating plants and real materials to create this look.

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Real tapware, real materials! Wood Melbourne, amazing as always, with their solid timber, concrete, brass, marble and more tapware and basins!

Klaylife had to be one of my favourites from the day. Their unique beaded lighting and décor are hand-made by aids affected women in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Their use of raw clay to create a stunning earthy look is even more special because they are each individually made. No item is exactly the same. Colours ranging from Black, to Stone, to Seaspray, and all the way to White…including the option to ombre!

Oxidised Metal

This trend highlights the imperfections of an object. None of us are perfect so why should our furniture be! Our imperfections is what makes us individual and stylish. Instead of throwing away materials we think are outdated designers are now turning them into something new and special. Check out these Too Tone pendants by Kajewski Miller & the stunning Oxydation Table from Domo.

Lighting

Anyone who knows me knows I am absolutely obsessed with unique, beautiful lighting. There were so many favourites from the fair but I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top 3 to show you…

  • A DesignStudio

    This piece had to be one of my favourites of the day! The rawness and imperfect nature of the cracked glass creates a stunning visual on the wall. Visit their website to have a look at some more unique designs.


  • KODA Lighting

    KODA Lighting has done a wonderful job at combining lighting with plants in a visually breathtaking way. Again perfectly aligning with the new trend of going back to organic, earthy roots. A simple but extremely clever design and one of many you can look at on their website.


  • Dedon

Dedon is an outdoor company who creates innovative and relaxed settings. ‘The Others’ outdoor lanterns are hand-woven sculptures that are aesthetically pleasing and create a warm light. The results? A relaxed setting where you and your friends can gather to have a cheese and wine night!

Art

Never underestimate the effects of a good piece of art. Some of the art at this year’s event absolutely blew me away!

My absolute favourite were these incredible pieces by Andrew Vukosav as part of his “Longitude Latitude Solitude” image series. These breathtaking photos of the Australian landscape were captured while flying his small plane across the country.

The way he was able to capture the wonders of nature is just simply beautiful. I am obsessed with these pieces – the scale, colours and the simplicity of the design… it all just works perfectly together.

Contact us at info@princedesign.com.au for help on making a purchase!

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