Denfair is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design and art for professional designers, architects, interior stylists and design-lovers. Sarah Fox, our AU International Brands Manager, reviews the event.
Review: Denfair 2018
This is the fourth year for Australasia’s leading design event and once again, Denfair delivered. As always, this is an inspiring event and key design elements that featured across the board included painted metal finishes, furniture upholstered in multiple fabrics, lighting galore and exciting uses of colour and texture. Whilst not exhibiting ourselves this year, we were lucky enough to collaborate with some of our customers on their stands – it was wonderful to see our fabrics sitting alongside beautiful design pieces.
Here are some of my favourite exhibitor stands, collaborations and design picks from the event.
Once again, outdoor brand Tait presented a beautiful stand and collection. This year Tait focused predominantly on the Seam collection by Adam Cornish - an elegant, architectural seating and tables in the subtlest of unique powdercoated hues. Well known locally for mentoring and collaborating with both emerging and established Australian talent, Tait were again celebrated by their peers, winning Denfair’s Best Australian Product Award for Seam. Having won best Australian product at the 2017 Fair, all eyes are on Tait to see if they can pull off a Trifecta at next year’s event!
Front and centre at the event this year was a warm, wood-framed display from King Living. The colour palette was simple and elegant - stripped back to walnut brown, complemented with soot grey, Yves Klein blue, military green and crisp chalky white. It was all about texture and subtlety in this sophisticated stand design.
Adding to the growing range for their Australian brand Nau, Cult introduced a number of new designs at this year’s event. With lighting being at the forefront of the fair this year, one of the stand out designs was the Jolly light range by designer Kate Stokes. This playful design is offered in a variety of configurations and elegant range of metal finishes and colours to tailor each piece to suit your specific interior.
Cult also introduced fresh Danish brand Montana, presented in layered, on-trend shades – ochre, blush and burgundy make these storage pieces a feature in an interior space and challenge the status quo – no beige here.
This year District showcased the stunning lighting of Italian brand Giopato and Coombes and Mokum was invited to be a part of the distinctive stand. The brief was to provide a sympathetic texture in three contrasting colours to provide a backdrop for three light designs, contributing to the ‘mood’ each light brought. Luna in colours Mist, Copper and Petrol by Mokum was selected, with the warmth and subtlety of the reverse fabric framing each space. A masterful layout and incorporation of the senses made for a transformative experience on the stand.
Our favourite lighting design on the stand was the glorious Bolle Pendant.
First time exhibitors at Denfair, this Arnhem Land based furniture manufacturer showcased absolutely stunning work - highly complex and exquisitely finished. The quality showcased an incredible level of skill and it was great to see the focus on genuine craftsmanship and passion.
The standout was the Fire Sideboard, designed by Alexsandra Pontonio. With intersecting elements and ridged sliding doors, the beauty belies the complexity of the piece to produce. Referencing mid-century forms, this sideboard is a statement interior art piece and a genuine joy to behold.
Travelling from across the ditch, Tim Webber brought his iconic stripped back and restrained design approach to a new market. The stand was framed and segmented with white timber layered with soft drapery in Laconia Air by James Dunlop. The sheer linen filtered light and created softness against structure – the stand design was simple and beautifully executed.
Our top pick - the Layer sofa retains impossibly fine and structured lines through clever construction, the plush woven chenille provided a soft touch against this strongly linear piece.
As well as lighting, metal and timber finishes were prevalent in the furniture category so those exhibiting upholstered pieces definitely stood out from the pack. Trusted Melbourne manufacturer Molmic released a raft of new pieces, our favourite being the Alfie sofa - this structured, minimalist piece was exceptionally cosy, comfortable and soft to sit in. With restrained lines and gentle angles and curves, the design was stunning from every perspective and offers an architectural viewpoint.
Denfair 2018 did not disappoint. This curated design event is going from strength to strength and I always come away feeling inspired and encouraged about the future of our Antipodean design industry – it is an incredible community to be a part of. I am already looking forward to next year’s Melbourne event, and to the first foray in to Denfair Sydney coming up next month.
- Sarah Fox