Inviting interaction and curiosity, view the Melbourne Design Week exhibition, curated by Marsha Golemac. Join the celebration of this milestone over a glass of Australian sparkling wine, with the exhibition highlighting the rich history with Australian designers and craftspeople who embrace the highest degree of skill, showcasing 30 years of high performance design, manufacturing and ideas to advance contemporary design and sustainability. From the hammer to robot, explore early works, insights, unexpected paths and the future of Tait with the launch of a new collection coinciding with Melbourne Design Week. Founded by husband and wife duo, Gordon and Susan Tait, 30 years on and Tait has established a reputation as one of the leading contemporary design houses for outdoor living in Australia.
Tait is honoured to also partner with Agency and Numbulwar Numburindi Arts (NNA) during Melbourne Design Week to present an advocacy project to the art and design community, which connects Indigenous artists working with the contamination of ghost nets and other ocean debris across Northern Australia. Ghost nets, or ‘fish killers’ as they are known in Numbulwar, are discarded from commercial fishing vessels and travel thousands of kilometres through the ocean, harming vulnerable marine life and coral.
A key focus of this Melbourne Design Week collaboration will be NNA master weaver, Joy Wilfred’s reimagining of Tait’s iconic Tidal chair, the design of which references ocean and wave patterns. This beautiful creative work provides a contemporary vehicle for stunning reimagining of this discarded waste material. Tait, Agency, and NNA are partnering with an immersive activation; a series of talks, artists workshops, and a live studio which will highlight not only the beauty of the Numbulwar weavers practice, but at the same time elevate conversations around the use and reuse of marine debris.