While it’s true the challenges for Australian design and manufacturing have never been greater, the fact is that these ever-important fields not only still exist, but continue to thrive. The successful ones are those that continue to innovate in product design, in process innovation and in marketing methods. In the furniture industry, there have always been shining beacons of success that show local design and manufacturing can indeed be sustainable and successful.
The inaugural Australian International Furniture Exhibition, which recently took place at the stunning Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, set out to showcase Australian design and manufacturing – both historically, and where it is now. The event was organised to increase consumer understanding of Australian furniture – and the evolution, innovation, talent, technologies, and rich culture behind it.