Melbourne Design Week 2023 NGV Victoria
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Hosted by NGV (National Gallery of Victoria)
Presented by- The Robin Boyd Foundation
Preserving the Past- Mid Century Furniture Restoration at the Boyd House
Following the success of last year’s Melbourne Design week, Edwin Fox Furniture proudly presents a one-of-a-kind restoration demonstration located in one of the most iconic Mid Century buildings in Melbourne, the 1958 Robin Boyd Walsh St house in South Yarra.
This year, Edwin Fox has teamed up with Mid Century restorer pro; Richard Lloyd.
We are giving you a unique opportunity to learn and experience some industry insight into the world of furniture restoration, but not only this, you get to experience an amazing piece of Melbourne’s mid century past.
If you are interested in the restoration process? Or maybe you want to improve on existing skills, or you may not know anything at all and would like to learn some new skills? Or perhaps you just love mid century furniture? All are welcome.
We invite you to a very unique experience, the first of it’s kind in an iconic mcm house in Australia!
Over the weekend of the 20th & 21st of May, we are running four identical 3 hour demonstrations/ workshops, morning & afternoon.
You will be shown by the experts, various methods, skills & practices all used in the restoration industry. Demonstrating an approach to restoring & reviving your mid century furniture in 3 steps!
What to expect-
- an introduction into furniture, design, history & construction
- workshop safely & basics
- introduction into ECO-friendly timber refinishing with natural timber products
- other finishes (the do’s and the don’ts - varnishes, stains, oils, polishes etc)
- introduction timber restoration; stripping, sanding & re-finishing
- basic upholstery; webbing, top cover fabric application
-aftercare / maintenance
- Q&A (ask anything you like, we have a wealth of knowledge to tap into)
- guided tour of the house! (included in the tickets)
- tea & coffee (possibly cakes!)
- bad jokes
Meet the restorers-
Edwin Fox (left)
Originally from Bristol, UK the home of Banksy, Massive Attack & Darth Vadder. Edwin has creativity in his blood. Having had a long education in Art & Design, including a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Graphic communication & a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in traditional upholstery, Edwin has channelled his skills and energy into the physical aspects of design, whereby his career has now evolved into the restoration of furniture here in Melbourne.
Currently Edwin runs a small independent business restoring & selling furniture & lighting. Much of what he works with is mid century period and iconic to Melbourne’s designer background. Edwin hopes that through his work, he can connect the importance of sustainability, reducing waste while working with incredible items of our past.
Richard Lloyd (right)
Richard Lloyd is a skilled restorer and finisher of mid-century furniture based in Northcote, Melbourne. With a background in automotive refinishing and experience working at Maton Guitars, he has honed his expertise in restoration and conservation. As a passionate collector of mid-century pieces, Richard started his own business in early 2020, offering a bespoke approach to each project with a focus on high-quality materials and finishes. He uses the environmentally friendly OSMO hard-wax oil for a natural, non-toxic finish. Richard takes pride in reviving tired pieces of furniture and preserving them for future generations. In addition to his furniture restoration work, he is also a talented mosaic artist.
We are proudly partnered with Melbourne's mid century architectural association, Beaumaris Modern. We also give members 10% discount on all available items on our site.
We will be joining Beaumaris Modern at their event this month.
See details- https://beaumarismodern.com.au/
Waste not, want not, is an extensive demonstration on various methods and techniques of furniture restoration by business owner and restorer Edwin Fox. His small and independent furniture restoration business open its doors for the first time to offer insight into the world of all things old, rusty and mid-century. With an ever growing interest and emphasis on the topic of reuse, repair and sustainability, there has never been a greater time to invest into the future: up-skill, re-think and re-educate. We often ask ourselves the questions, how can I make a better world? Or, can I save that chair on the side of the road?
We are hosting a three-hour workshop demonstration over two identical sessions in restoring vintage, retro and mid-century furniture. Edwin wants to share, encourage and educate anyone who has an interest in furniture, restoration, design and history. Within the workshop session, a variety of methods, skills, tips and materials are demonstrated to show participants how to restore certain pieces of furniture.