Now in its second year, Melbourne Design Week returns next month and its exhaustive program, released this week, features contributions from both local and international innovators whose work explores the infinite possibilities of life in the material world and beyond.

The comprehensive program contains over 160 events, with focus on local makers disrupting their spheres, sustainability and its role in design to craft a more tenable future and the confluence of the analogue and digital worlds in design practice.

Included amongst the program are a litany of exhibitions celebrating the work of acclaimed Australian designers including Ben Landau, Lucile Sciallano, Elliat Rich and Dale Hardiman. Industry stalwarts working in diverse corners of the international design community will also deliver must-see keynote speakers, including Marcus Fairs, editor-in-chief of Dezeen and Kongjian Yu, founder of acclaimed Chinese landscape architecture firm Turenscape.

Then there’s the return of the beloved Melbourne Art Book Fair, which opens the official Melbourne Design Week program. It’s the fourth annual iteration of the event, which has been expanded this year to include 60 stalls exhibiting works from over 150 publishers, artists and designers who for three free days will showcase some of the world’s best publications documenting the worlds of art, architecture, photography and design. It’s a major component of Melbourne Design Week; one which regularly draws crowds in their thousands and one that isn’t to be missed.

Start swiping above for a look at dozen design highlights appearing as part of the festivities. More information on Melbourne Design Week is available here; further information on the Melbourne Art Book Fair is available here.

Melbourne Design Week exhibitions, events, talks and workshops will be held at NGV International, NGV Australia and at partner venues across the city from March 15 until March 25, 2018.

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