‘Design UnWind’ at Melbourne Design Week 2020

"How design can shape life"

The highly anticipated Melbourne Design Week (MDW) in March 2020 centres around the theme ‘how design can shape life’.  A 10 day event held in the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria and at various locations around Melbourne, MDW offers design enthusiasts over 300 talks, exhibitions, tours and workshops.

As part of this event, James Dunlop Textiles was invited to contribute to a pop up installation by Australian furniture designer Arthur G.  Also collaborating are innovative designer brands Tsar Carpets and Byzantine Design where the installation will be hosted at the Tsar Carpets showroom.

The installation titled “Design Unwind’ is dedicated to offering guests a peaceful reprieve from modern life through the application of mood enhancing design principles.   James Dunlop Textiles took the opportunity to showcase one of their international brands, Designs of the Time, with its highly tactile and sensory furniture upholstery textiles which are represented throughout the installation.

This was also a chance for the textile brand to highlight their new collection ‘Fuego’.

The Fuego collection takes inspiration from South America, where rich materials are combined with artisanal processes and the quintessential South American colour palette. Soft neutrals and spicy hues of red, green, blue and yellow come together in a unique array of textures for the home. 

Blends of linen and sustainable hemp are complimented by rougher, more densely woven qualities.  Innovative additions of pure virgin wool and luxurious velvet embody the soft hearted, untouched character of the elements. Fuego is diverse, with plenty of choices for minimalists and lovers of bold accents.  

Designs of the Time 'Fuego Collection' will be available in markets from March 2020.

Photography: Kate Ballis & Lillie Thompson

Jim Looney is a notable American designer who founded his architectural and Interior Design Studio Looney & Associates in 1995. Over the past 24 years, Jim and his team have designed a catalogue of standout hospitality projects across the US and internationally.  Working alongside major hotel players such as the Marriot, Hyatt and Hilton hotels, Jim has gained a strong insight into the design requirements for the hospitality industry, in particular for luxury hotels.