Looking back on Melbourne Design Week

'30 Years of Tait' Exhibition
A huge thank you to everyone who visited our Fitzroy Showroom to celebrate our Melbourne Design Week exhibitions. We were honoured to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a special exhibition highlighting our rich history collaborating with Australian designers and craftspeople who embrace the highest degree of skill, showcasing three decades of high-performance design, manufacturing and ideas that advance contemporary design and sustainability.

Watch our '30 Years of Tait' Exhibition film below:

’30 Years of Tait’ exhibition film as part of Melbourne Design Week 2023. Captured by Nick Horan.

’30 Years of Tait’ exhibition as part of Melbourne Design Week 2023

From the hammer to the robot, the exhibition invited visitors to explore our early works, insights, unexpected paths, and the future of the company, coinciding with the launch of our new Swing chair and incredible Voom Dining Table by Adam Goodrum. We were thrilled to welcome people from all over Australia to our showroom including the NGV Members Tours attendees!



’30 Years of Tait’ exhibition as part of Melbourne Design Week 2023.

’30 Years of Tait’ event, photography by Sarah Forgie.

To celebrate the exhibition and our 30-year journey we invited friends, family and industry partners to spend the evening with us.

“I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has contributed to Tait’s success over the past 30 years. Your belief in us has helped us become the brand we are today, and we are deeply grateful for your ongoing support.

As we look to the future, we remain committed to Australian design and manufacturing, with a continued focus on sustainability, high performance and excellence in craftsmanship. We are excited for what the future holds, and we hope you will continue to join us on this journey.”

Gordon Tait

A big thanks to our incredible collaborators including Marsha Golemac and Studio Hi Ho, and event sponsors and supporters – Padre Coffee, Falco, Cedar Bakery, Supercheese, Blackhearts & Sparrows, Sample, NON, Heaps Normal and StrangeLove.

’30 Years of Tait’ event, photography by Sarah Forgie.

Weaving circle workshop during Melbourne Design Week 2023.

Numbulwar Pop-Up Studio & Weaving Circle Workshops

To celebrate Indigenous innovation and draw focus on the significant environmental threat of discarded ghost nets, which account for around 40% of all ocean plastic, Numbulwar Numburindi Arts, an Indigenous-led visual arts organisation, Agency and Tait collaborated for Melbourne Design Week on a First Nations-led immersive activation.

The pop-up studio and exhibition featured Numburindi artists Rose Wilfred, Joy Wilfred and Janette Murrungun who engaged in a series of events. On display were Tait’s iconic Tidal chairs, a design by Trent Jansen inspired by ocean and wave patterns, reimagined by Rose and Joy Wilfred to showcase the stunning weaving practices of Numbulwar artists and the power of collaboration.

Thank you to everyone who supported the collaboration, those who visited the space and individuals who participated in the Weaving Circles.

Published 8 June 2023

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