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The Melbourne Fringe Festival has been lighting up our fine city for more than three decades and we’ve been a proud sponsor of one of its key events – Fringe Furniture – for a number of years. It’s always inspiring to see such brilliant and unexpected ideas in industrial design come to life.

Melbourne Fringe is the longest-running multi-arts festival in Victoria and, going by the success of this year’s festival, it will continue to endure. It features thousands of artists from every imaginable discipline performing across 160 venues to an audience of more than 350,000 people.

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This year, there were talking see-saws in Federation Square, hilarious cabaret and comedy shows and incredible contemporary dance performances that all proved why Melbourne is the much-deserved arts capital of the country.

Of course, it was Fringe Furniture that captured our greatest attention. Held at the Abbotsford Convent, it included lighting, furniture, homewares and industrial designs. We always encourage young designers to submit their work for the exhibition.

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As sponsors, we presented the ISM Objects Award for Lighting Innovation. The award went to John Budd for his beautiful glass Lucienne Vessels.

Photography by Theresa Harrison

Photography by Theresa Harrison

We were also big fans of the CMYK Chair by Morgan Doty, which received the award for Best Student Design, and the Narrow-Minded Bookshelf by Edie Kurzer, which took out the Production Ready Award.

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Melbourne Fringe Festival is always a highlight of our year. It was inspiring to be part of it again this year and to see so many exceptional designs on show. And congratulations again to John Budd for his award-winning Lucienne Vessels!