Plastic Rivers Ganges rug by ACdO

“Among the vibrant and varied offering of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an ornate, heritage-listed building in one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs is home to one of the program’s most surprising and stellar exhibitions.
Futures Collective – showing until the 26th of March – has taken over Kew’s Villa Alba Museum for the duration of the design festival. Inside the dilapidated mansion which dates to the 1800s, is a sublime exhibition of innovative contemporary that’s really something special”

Broadsheet March 2022

Designed as a multi-faceted Sustainability narrative for our time Futures Collective MDW’22 is an ongoing initiative showcasing creators, makers and the stories behind them. All with a distinctive view to the preciousness of time, talent and planet.

Conceived by Spence & Lyda to celebrate MDW’22’s theme: Design For The World You Want, Futures Collective bands together award-winning local designers Jon Goulder; Broached Commissions; Fiona Lynch studios; Authentic Design Alliance; and international juggernauts Alvaro Catalan De Ocon and Lucy Kurrein; to do what Spence & Lyda do best - elevate mindful work and the spaces we inhabit, with crafted pieces of exceptional beauty and meaning.

Artwork by Otomys Gallery

“We come out of a world of intensity and to be able to go to a place [that feeds] your soul is a really important part that furniture can play.”
Fiona Lyda, Spence & Lyda Creative Director

Villa Alba Museum, acknowledged as one of the most important examples of late nineteenth century interior decoration in Australia, epitomises the timelessness of good design and offers an established and authentic backdrop in which to showcase the best of contemporary design ideas and exchange amidst a city so rich in dynamic design thinking and cultural heritage.

Futures Collective and Spence & Lyda showcase events will run annually and ad-hoc. With thanks to this year’s Futures Collective| MDW’22 co-participants: Spence & Lyda, Fiona Lynch Studios, Jon Goulder, Alvaro Catal de Ocon, Otomys Gallery, Marlo Lyda, Authentic Design Alliance, Ash Allen, Broached Commissions for a showcase that was so very much more than the sum of its parts.

Innate Dining Table by Jon Goulder & Fiona Lyda | Artwork by Otomys Gallery

Fiona Lyda (left) and Jon Goulder (right) | Innate Coffee & Side Tables by Jon Goulder & Fiona Lyda | Artwork by Otomys Gallery | Plastic Ricers Rug by ACdO

Innate Desk by Jon Goulder & Fiona Lyda | La Lampe Frenchin table lamp by DCW Editions

Compagna Lounge Chair by Lucy Kurrein for Molinari Living | Ort side table by PINCH

Bibendum sofa by Lucy Kurrein for Molinari Living | Artwork by Otomys Gallery | Innate Side & Coffee table by Jon Goulder & Fiona Lyda

Fiona Lynch Work Shop X Future Archive collection

Broached Recall by Broached Commissions

Case Studies soft furnishing collection

REMNANTS coffee tables by Marlo Lyda

REMNANTS coffee tables by Marlo Lyda