15.05.2024 – 15.06.2024

Melbourne Design Week

Desire is the subject of the first thematic exhibition at Useful Objects. The drive to attain and consume is itself consuming, both the individual and society.

Through materials, ideas and forms, a group of designers flesh out the impulse to want – found at the heart of the Design Week prompt ‘Design The World You Want’ – and question whether the object of desire is the catalyst or endpoint of this fundamental force.

The first half of the exhibition is a rejoinder to the influence the rampant drive has over the design industry, while the second half celebrates the sensation itself, as a source of meaning and transcendence.


DESIRE x DESIGN is presented as part of 2024 Melbourne Design Week.

Melbourne Design Week and the Victorian Design Program are initiatives of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Image: Elliot Bastianon, Oregon Chair, 2024. Photo © Brenton Colley.

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