overly designed Just when you thought there couldn't be more happening, as promised here's the other side of the design coin, and yes there are another million events to make you feel like your missing out, but fear not intrepid reader - here's our quick fix to ensure you have something to talk up around the water cooler. If you need more, or don't like our selection, or just want to see what you might have seen you can always check out the full array of events at State of Design . We've picked some food, some fashion, some craft, some trade and even some countrified action for those that have had quite enough of the city for the week, thank you very much.

first cab off the rank is...
eat your greens

Now you all know how much we love food, so this one is a dead cert. for the hml ladies, and thefact that it's another thing miss penpen (that's her chair above) is involved in helps enormously as well. What is it we hear you ask and how can we get a seat at the table? Eat Green Design is a restaurant space with a difference, a temporary restaurant that serves as an incubator for sustainable thinking . It has been developed as a temporary, customised environment that explores ecological principles, environmental responsibility in design, and cradle-to-cradle thinking. Collaborate offers us a provocation on how current trends in food consumption (localisation, sustainable consumption, organic foods) can translate to the design industry. As a Festival ‘hot-spot’, Eat Green Design offers a temporary re-designed space for hospitality, and networking. Local design products deployed within the space will be available for sale throughout the week in a stimulating and design-conscious environment. Curated by Before & After the project aims to provide new perspectives on unwanted objects that have been donated to the Brotherhood of St Laurence, covering social, cultural and environmental issues. WHEN: Thursday 17 – Monday 21 July
WHERE: Level 2/39 Little Collins Street, Melbourne Lunch 12 - 2.30pm and Dinner 6.30 - 9pm Daily Open to public 9 -11am and 3.30 - 5.30pm Daily
Enquiries and bookings:

little india

Converging – a landscape of memory, travel, material and magic
The imagined worlds of artist Emma van Leest and clothing and accessory designer Geneine Honey merge in a new work ‘Converging’. A mythical kingdom, inspired by the desert palaces of Rajasthan, India will adorn the window of Little Salon in Little Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD. another freebie shop installation from our favourite scissor sister.
WHEN: Monday 14 – Thursday 24 July24 hours
WHERE: Little SalonShop 1,
353 Little Collins StreetMelbourne

kicking goals

Anorther in store installation this time by three renowned Melbourne fashion labels, including fabulous footwear by Preston Zly, showcase works in their Gertrude Street shopfront and store interior. "A journey into the processes of the designers as they reveal some of the ideas, and inspirations that lead to the final products." had a sneak peak at this through the window of the tram, and while you're in Gertrude st. checking out Cottage Industry worth popping along to see. WHEN: Wednesday 16 – Thursday 24 July
WHERE: The Signet Bureau 165 Gertrude StFitzroy
Opening hours Tuesday-Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12 - 4pm

pleats please!

Envelop features by one of Asia's most exciting young designers, Grace Tan. Grace continues to blur the lines between fashion, fine art and architecture. Working from the simple rectangle, she has developed her earlier experiments to give us meticulously crafted large-scale fabric sculptures that sit equally well on the body, as on the wall. Another freebie this one presented by Kwadrant.
WHERE: RMIT Gallery344 Swanston StreetMelbourne VIC 3000
Floor talk: Friday 18 July - 3pm
WHEN: Friday 11 July - Saturday 23 August 2008
Monday - Friday, 11am -5pm
Saturday 2 -5pm, closed Sunday and Public Holidays

the out of towner
If you're feeling like heading for the hills this weekend then this might be just the ticket - especially if you take the long way round and make the trip via Woodend to pick up a half dozen the best vanilla slices in THE WORLD (let us know if you're going we'll pay in advance). The Bendigo Art Gallery has on show The Darnell Collection, one of the largest and most important collections of fashion in Australia. Comprising more than 4000 items from the Regency period to the 1980s. The collection was amassed by Doris Darnell, a Pennsylvanian Quaker, and was later gifted to her goddaughter living in Australia. This exhibition features a selection of Victoria era fashion showing the development of women’s clothing from crinolines to bustles towards the more liberated body shapes of the twentieth century. We've been meaning to get to this one for an age, but it looks likely we'll miss it- don't make the same mistake!!
WHEN: Exhibition:Saturday 17 May – Sunday 20 July
Opening times10am - 5pm
All welcome, bookings preferred, entry by donation
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View St Bendigo VIC 3550

when is a market not a market... when it's a trade fair!

"Design:Made:Trade is a new trade event showcasing Australia's small manufacturers, product designers, and design makers. It is specifically created for designers seeking collaboration with manufacturers, retail and export buyers. Product Design, Graphic Design, Textiles, Lighting, Furniture, Fashion & Accessories, Hand Made Objects." Ok so that's the official pitch, it should actually be pretty interesting given the range of peeps with work on offer - Marc Pascal, Gregory Bonasera, Tim Fleming, Julie Patterson/Cloth, Ilias Fotopolous, Volker Haug and Buro North to name a few. We'll be heading in as 'registered guests' on Friday, but it's open to the public on Sunday for a fiver. Check out the full list of exhibitors online designmadetrade
WHEN: Sunday 20th July 10am-5pm
WHERE: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton



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