Upper West Side is thrilled to host MADE, a pop-up design collective featuring nine talented designers in Melbourne’s newest laneway, Water Tank Way. The new thoroughfare between Spencer and Lonsdale streets in the city’s west will be transformed into a vibrant design precinct to source one-off and locally produced items showcased in individual gallery spaces, open now until Sunday 21 September 2014.

Curated by the Melbourne Design Market, MADE will feature an array of design specialisations and installations including natural yarn knitwear, customisable furniture, ethically sourced homewares, hand printed leggings, woven textile sculptures, knitted jewellery and men’s leather accessories.
Elizabeth Collins, Event Manager Melbourne Design Market said, “The Melbourne Design Market is excited to be able to curate a pop-up design collective in a space like Water Tank Way as we are always working to provide opportunities for local designers to engage with valuable consumers and industry contacts.”

Pop-up design collective
18.08 – 21.09

Designers include:

  • Luna Gallery
  • Power to Make
  • Secret River
  • Wendy Voon Knits
  • Adventure Pants
  • Zsofi Samu
  • Elenii
  • Elk

Melbourne-based brand Luna Gallery specialises in textural knitwear garments and homewares, embracing feel, function, style and sustainability to create quality knits from natural yarn.

Power to Make has a unique take on furniture and accessory production, exploring the craft through digital technology. The result is highly customisable and contemporary furniture that can be reimagined by the user, in keeping with the fast pace of 21st century living.

Simplicity and humble luxury is the mantra of Secret River, a homewares specialist that utilises ethically sourced woven cloths to create long lasting, high quality pieces.

Knitwear artisan Wendy Voon Knits is renowned for her carefully crafted and beautifully detailed garments and accessories. Visitors are welcomed to interact with Voon and watch as she develops her next collection in her studio, which will be set up each Saturday in situ in her pop-up gallery space.

Building on an extensive background in screen-printing and printmaking, Adventure Pants delivers hand printed, durable and original leggings made from locally sourced natural fabrics and inks.

Zsofi Samu integrates coiling and the ancient looming technique “double weaving” to create three dimensional textile sculptures inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness. Nature is a reimagined as art with Samu’s one of a kind pieces, which can be reshaped and re-installed in different ways to reflect the changeability of nature.

Wearable art is the focus of Elenii’s men and women’s accessory line. Individually handcrafted knitwear jewellery makes for a collection of show-stealing statement pieces.
Based in Melbourne, Elk produces stylishly simple contemporary men’s accessories in raw leather, natural jute, and vegetable-tanned leather.