NGV curator picks seven highlights from 2023 Melbourne Now's Design Wall

Curator Simone LeAmon has chosen seven key product designs from the Design Wall installation at the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Now 2023 exhibition.

The Design Wall 2023 features 35 product designs by 25 studios based in Melbourne, Australia, and aims to celebrate some of the most innovative consumer products designed in the city over the last decade.

Objects exhibited range from electric motorcycles to cricket balls, pillows and cling film wrap, and cover the homewares, healthcare, trade, sporting, furniture and lifestyle industries.

"Design is always about delivering a degree of change," said LeAmon, who is the curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). "How and why new products are developed is driven by social dynamics, regulations and economic forces."

"Offering insight into the factors influencing contemporary product design in Melbourne, the collection explores how everyday goods can embody the qualities of place and the values of those who live there," she added.

Savic C-Series by Savic Motorcycles

"Based on the classic cafe racers of the 1970s, the C-Series, created by Savic, Australia's first high-performance electric motorcycle manufacturer in 2017, provide the look and feel of a handcrafted motorbike, but with cutting-edge electric battery and power conversion technologies.

"The Savic team designed a lightweight cast-aluminium frame – which doubles as a waterproof enclosure – incorporating the 140-volt battery pack and 80 per cent of the bike's electronics in a structural chassis, allowing a bulky 80-kilogram powertrain to be smoothly integrated into the bike.

"More than 80 per cent of the electric motorcycle is made from recyclable aluminium."


CREDITS: Christina Yao