Fringe Furniture 30: Redesign
Presented by Melbourne Fringe

For 30 years, Fringe Furniture has been the vanguard for iconic, eclectic, cutting-edge industrial design that, on occasion, might be described as totally impractical, verging on bonkers.

This year we’re shining a light back at the impossible ideas of the exhibition’s history, building on that spirit of fearless experimentation to forge a path into the future.

To celebrate the 30th annual Fringe Furniture exhibition, we pay homage to this open access design exhibition’s experimental beginnings by asking this year’s designers to focus on the original brief. Expect to look back in order to look forward, be ready to embrace ideas alongside form, and to champion wild and innovative design.

Fringe Furniture 30: Redesign turns a spotlight towards the sexy new supernovas of the design community as they reinterpret, re-imagine and reboot the history of the object. FF30 combines the old and the new, the practical and the impractical, the experimental and the market ready. Thirty years from now you’ll be telling your fellow Utopians that you sat on it here first.

15 September - 2 October
Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Abbotsford Convent
Sacred Heart Chapel Oratory and Ironing Rooms
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Artist Led Tours
Sunday 18 Sept, 3pm
Sunday 25 Sept, 3pm
Sunday  2 Oct, 3pm 

Tactile Tours 
Friday 23 Sept, 1pm
Sunday 25 Sept, 11am

Robbie Rowlands' Scent Lingers

In 2016 we are celebrating the experimental history of Fringe Furniture by bringing together furniture design and contemporary artistic practice with work from one of Australia’s leading artists, Robbie Rowlands. This is the first time in Fringe Furniture history that we have commissioned a new series of work for the exhibition. 

Scent Lingers brings together a selection of Rowland’s recent work and an accompanying site-specific sound piece for Fringe Furniture 2016. Rowlands’ work artfully encapsulates the idea of Redesign, bringing together familiar forms and breaking them down, challenging the way in which we see the world and design.

Scent Lingers is a series of works that stand apart and in contrast to the pieces in Fringe Furniture, works that are beginning a new life contrasted with objects reaching the end of theirs. For Rowlands, the process of decline and decay becomes an aesthetic event. He manipulates the disintegrating form as a means of fathoming new ones – unique, bizarre and barely recognisable from their original shape.

The Laundry Rooms
Sacred Heart Courtyard

All images courtesy the artist and Blackartprojects

Calling Fringe Furniture Alumni!

If you have ever exhibited, attended the exhibition, sponsored an award, mentored a designer or had any other connection with Fringe Furniture since 1986, please get in touch to share your story, photos and tell us where you are now!
Contact the Associate Producer, Creative Program at

A very special thank you to our Award Partners who generously support the work of the Fringe Furniture artists by sponsoring the following awards.

Fringe Furniture Awards

Sustainable Design Award, supported by Banyule City Council
Fhable by Anthony Nelson

Tait Award for Design Innovation, supported by Tait
Ondale by Alexandra Pontonio

Emerging Designer Award, supported by Craft
Kerfiture by Alison Lyons, Joel Donaldson, Danny Triebert

The Craftsmanship Award, supported by Handsome & Co.

Barkeep by Matt Potter 

ISM Objects Award for Lighting Innovation, supported by ISM Objects
Hex Table Lamp by Richard Greenacre

Best Student Design Award, supported by Tongue and Groove
Babylon by Ren Cruden-Smith

Photo credit: Teresa Noble

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