Tait & NGV Champion Sustainable Australian Design

Melbourne, Australia

If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting Melbourne’s NGV in the last couple of years, you may recall seeing, or sitting in, Tait’s Volley chairs. In 2015 Tait was initially engaged to supply seventy-five pieces of their iconic Volley chair and table (by leading Australian designer Adam Goodrum) to the NGV Summer Architecture Commission developed by John Wardle Architects.

Four years later Volley has played a large role in supporting and adapting to the needs of the ever-changing landscape at the grounds of the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Withstanding heavy usage by the public as well as constant exposure to the elements, the steel chairs and tables have remained a solid fixture at the gallery – a timeless and enduring example of iconic Australian design.

Since Volley’s debut at the gallery in 2015, Tait has refurbished the pieces ‘like-new’ on three occasions. In doing so, potential impacts on landfill and freighting resources have been avoided and minimised with local businesses engaged throughout the procurement and refurbishment process. In addition to achieving a number of sustainability measures, updating the colour of the chairs and tables throughout each refurbishment process has been of particular benefit. NGV has been able to refurbish the Volley pieces to aptly suit the design schemes of current exhibitions and events at the gallery.

 

NGV’s refurbishment timeline for Tait Volley pieces:

2015
Tait Volley initially supplied in pink, white and orange for the 2015 Summer Architecture Commission designed by John Wardle Architects.

2016
Tait Volley refurbished to white.

2017
Tait Volley refurbished to green – coinciding with the 2017 NGV Triennial exhibition and 2017 NGV Architecture Commission designed by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects.

2018
Tait Volley refurbished for the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission for ‘Doubleground’ designed by MUIR Architecture and OPENWORK.

 

Through investing in timeless design which demonstrates outstanding durability and longevity, the NGV, together with Tait, have been able to achieve a number of sustainability measures and design outcomes – to be enjoyed for many years to come. Further enforcing Tait’s values around the notion ‘buy once, buy well’ and built-out product obsolescence, Tait is thrilled to have been involved with such a benchmark project of this calibre and scale. In a time where it is more important than ever to reduce, reuse and recycle – both Tait and the NGV are proud to bring this shining example of sustainable, Australian design to light.

For more information about Tait’s sustainability initiatives visit, https://madebytait.com.au/about-tait/sustainability/

  • Installation view of 2015 Summer Architecture Commission: John Wardle Architects at NGV International from 24 September 2015 – 1 May 2016. Photo: John Gollings.

  • NGV Friday Nights, Image Courtesy The National Gallery of Victoria

  • NGV Friday Nights, Image Courtesy The National Gallery of Victoria

  • NGV Friday Nights, Image Courtesy The National Gallery of Victoria

  • NGV Friday Nights, Image Courtesy The National Gallery of Victoria

  • Installation view of 2015 Summer Architecture Commission: John Wardle Architects at NGV International from 24 September 2015 – 1 May 2016. Photo: John Gollings.

  • Garden Wall, 2017 Architecture Commission by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects. Image courtesy NGV

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