Further establishing Melbourne as Australia’s design capital, Melbourne Design Week is a new initiative in collaboration between the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Victorian government. The annual design programme is set to link creativity with business and community more than ever before, exploring the value of good design in a ten-day, city-wide celebration. The event will be filled with talks by leading designers, tours, workshops and industry events at NGV and partner venues throughout Melbourne.

As one of Australia’s leading design and manufacturing firms, Tait were invited a place on the Melbourne Design Week advisory panel with founder and creative director Susan Tait representing. An irrefutable honour, Tait are incredibly excited to play such a major role in this exciting and pioneering event that will undoubtedly shape Australia’s presence on the global design scene.

And with the theme for its inaugural year Design Values, asking ‘what does design value and how do we value design?’, the topic is beyond fitting and aligned with Tait’s passion for honest and authentic design.

Tait will further contribute to Open State – a programme presented by Open House Melbourne on behalf of Creative Victoria and NGV for Melbourne Design Week. The initiative  will reveal and celebrate a network of leading Victorian design innovators including commissioners of design, designers, design studios, design researchers, design educators, and manufacturers. Each innovator’s design story will be a catalyst to examine a broad range of associated topics that explore the value of design on the State and its citizens. Open State will include the Open House style open day tours that will illustrate each organisation’s strong design DNA.

Tait founders Gordon and Susan Tait will journey visitors through the life of a Tait product from the early design process and concept development through to assembly and distribution. Visitors will be treated to a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Thornbury headquarters and factory where they will witness the prototyping process with a first-hand view into the long and often challenging process of manufacturing a Tait product. All elements that go into making Australia’s very best outdoor furniture will be incorporated into the tour including cutting, welding, linishing, drilling, wrapping, packing and of course, Rosie the Robot.

Open State Tait will take place on Friday 24th March 2017 at Tait’s Thornbury factory and HQ. Tickets can be purchased here.

Melbourne Design Week will take place from Thursday 16th – Sunday 26th March 2017 at the National Gallery of Victoria and other Melbourne locations; ngv.vic.gov.au

Open State; openhousemelbourne.org

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