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Designs of the Time - a natural fit for Arthur G’s design installation

“There was really no one better suited than Designs of the Time”. 

Sarah Fox, Mokum’s Brand Manager speaks to designer furniture brand Arthur G (Leonard Georgopoulos and Emma Leske) about their collaborative installation with Tsar Carpets, Byzantine Design and James Dunlop Textiles as part of Melbourne Design Week 2020.

SF

Leonard, you are collaborating on a curated space for Melbourne Design week (MDW) with Tsar Carpets and Byzantine Design, how do you feel the NGV hosted MDW event stands apart from others?

AG

The MDW event offers an intimate offering compared to other design events which are more mass market. It also allows us to work closely with likeminded brands such as Tsar Carpets and Byzantine Design.

SF

The theme this year for Melbourne Design Week was an overarching “how design can shape and improve life”, what are your thoughts on this idea?

AG

Talking specifically about interior and furniture, I’ve always believed that the design process represents more than just creativity. It has an effect on one’s lifestyle. It has a way of stimulating your feelings and thoughts as many of us are influenced by our surroundings.  

SF

The title for your collaboration is “Design Unwind”, can you elaborate on how you view that message, and how you came to Designs of the Times’ inclusion?

AG

For Arthur G, Design Unwind is a holistic expression of how design can and should make us feel (for the better). When we embarked on this collaboration, which was based around four key design principles, we felt our responsibility was to create more than furniture that was innovative and functioned well, rather, we needed to ensure it was also holistically ‘good’ for the audience. This meant selecting fabrics that were highly tactile and engaging, innovative, and were composed of predominately natural content. For many people, furniture is often first experienced through upholstery, and with these parameters in mind, there was really no one better suited than Designs of the Time. 

SF

Have you seen an upswing in requests for natural fibres and organic looking weaves in recent times?

AG

More than ever we’re seeing an increasing array of innovative and natural textiles enter our factory, and while natural fibres are not the majority, I expect this to grow with the growing awareness and shown benefits of bringing natural fibres into the home. 

Leonard Georgopoulos

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