Spence & Lyda Present ‘Futures Collective’ for Melbourne Design Week
Eminent Australian design retailer Spence & Lyda stage a “multi-faceted sustainability narrative for our time”, showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of acclaimed local and international designers as part of MDW.
The first of the three events will take place on March 24 at the NGV Members Lounge, where Spanish designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón will present his collection of sustainably-made rugs entitled ‘Plastic Rivers’, produced in collaboration with GAN Rugs. Woven in yarn made from salvaged PET bottles, the rugs mark the sequel to Álvaro’s award-winning collection of PET Lamps, launched almost ten years ago. Each rug depicts a detailed rendering of an aerial image of the planet’s most polluted rivers, containing a critical message about plastic contamination and waste distribution in our water systems.
Taking place around ‘Plastic Rivers’ will be two exclusive events held at the Villa Alba Museum in Kew. The first of the two, ‘Meet the Designers’, will take place on March 19 and March 26 and will offer a unique opportunity to connect with the stories and mission behind each piece in Futures Collective. The second, ‘After Hours’, will take place on March 22 and will headline with a talk from Álvaro on the story behind ‘Plastic Rivers’, which he initially delivered to an audience at Super Salone Milan in 2021.