Denfair 2017 Review

Denfair 2017 Review

Last week with great anticipation the GDP team headed over to Denfair – an annual curated design event.  Held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Denfair was jam packed with original, authentic and inspiring Interior Design products and ideas.

The Melbourne design industry events mostly appear between May and August. They typically feature a high calibre of product innovation by local artistans and global imports.  What makes Denfair stand out is that it’s curated to showcase a particular design aesthetic. The products and exhibitors are cleverly filtered by industry professionals so the whole show is complimentary from one end to the other, and it works.

The Denfair exhibitors include the best textile houses, innovative furniture design, lighting, ceramics and art.  Exhibitons like these are the best way for design professionals to interact with product designers and manufacturers, and ultimately bring you – the client – the best of the Melbourne design scene.


With this in mind I’m going to do my own little favourites list… if I can! Quite the challenge:

In fact, too difficult! It always depends on the jobs at the time as to what my radar picks up. Go to the Denfair website for a complete listing and see the award winners

Where are the trends heading?

The main aesthetic I picked up on was softness and roundness. Archways were popping up in the display stands, so before you renovators knock out the arches have a re-think! Furniture edges and upholstery shapes were very rounded, lots of circular motifs – and soft timbers in lighter tones such as American Oak, local Ash and even Ply wood.  Metallic finishes featured low lustre, antiqued brass and strong primary powdercoated hues. Marble is coming out of the black and white era and featuring more uniquely coloured stones from all around the world. There seems to be a lot less glass than previous fairs, but definitely more ceramic and hand finishes.

This indicates to me that we are yearning for more simplistic and holistic materials in our lives. Hand dyed textiles, mouth blown glass light fittings, warmly textured decorative rugs and art based on nature.  Surrounding ourselves in honest materials and quality workmanship is the perfect antidote to our crazy busy lives. When we have the luxury of time in our homes, it’s nice to truly appreciate and enjoy what you do have.

What’s next?

The next Melbourne Design fair is Decor & Design and Furnitex coming up in July. Always a winner.  As with most trade shows, there is usually a day or two open to the public. Anything you see can be purchased through your designer, decorator or listed stockists.  As far as Denfair goes, 2018 will be locked in the diary.