Melbourne International Design Week 2014

Before Melbourne bursts at the seams with creative thinkers, we chat to Aussie costume designer Kym Barrett about what to look forward to at this forward-thinking festival

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Melbourne International Design Week is a celebration of the people who transform ideas into reality – and it will be bigger than ever now that the Design Foundation festival organisers have teamed up with the Victorian State Government.

International and local designers of all fields will gather for six days of workshops, debates, presentations and screenings – and there are plenty of offerings for design admirers, too. ACMI’s screening of the documentary From Nothing, Something will have you unravelling the oddities of the creative process (session times and price TBA. Apr 2-3) and the Business Advantage seminar at Hamer Hall is sure to kick your strategic brain into overdrive (7.30am-9.30am. $110. Thu Apr 3).

As the mastermind behind the costumes of Romeo + Juliet, The Matrix, Cirque du Soleil and an upcoming video game, LA-based Kym Barrett stands at the forefront of costume design. “The world is becoming smaller,” she explains. “Instead of physically producing jewellery, armour and weaponry, I do a lot of 3D illustrations, which I can email to a facility. They can mail me a prototype in a week.”

You can hear more from Barrett at the Look Upstairs conference. She’ll also be taking underground tours of the hallowed Performing Arts Archive at the Arts Centre, where you’ll discover backstage rooms, secret passageways and famous garments (session times and price TBA. Apr 1-6).

Our top picks for Melbourne International Design Week

Look Upstairs Look Upstairs
In Australia’s biggest-ever gathering of international designers, 41 speakers from 20 countries will reveal their paths to success, debate best practice and predict future trends. You’ll hear from French Yves Saint Laurent consultant Philippe Apeloig, US games designer Wesley Burt and Aussie artist David Retallack – the man who designs the flames in the Olympic opening ceremonies.

The Design Garden The Design Garden
Towering LED screens, exhibitions, pop-up bars and food stalls await you at this free festival hub. In this relaxed social environment, there’s nothing stopping you from making friends with your favourite designer.

Tiny: A Story About Living Small Tiny: A Story About Living Small
The emerging trend of houses built no bigger than a car space isn’t as silly as it sounds. In a feat of design innovation, a North American couple builds a mini-home of their own.

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Date 01-06 Apr

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