Past Event

Trade Between

Presented by Do Works


Thu 18 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Fri 19 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Opening Event
Sun 21 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Thu 25 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Fri 26 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 27 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sun 28 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Free, no booking required


Room 813, Lvl 8, Building 37
Nicholas Building, Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia


All gender bathroom Assistance animals welcome Wheelchair accessible

DO WORKS presents its first project, Trade Between, at the Nicholas Building. The exhibition features a group of emerging architects and designers who have created furniture that transcends the mundane and enters the realm of the metaphysical, bridging the gap between aesthetic form and assumptions of use.

The exhibition draws on the rich history and cultural significance of furniture, positioning these objects as a continued medium of exchange, expressing human scale and functioning as a tool for architects and designers to test broader ideas.


Angus Grant

Angus Grant is a designer and architecture graduate based in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarun-ga). His work exists between the functional and the hyper-functional – artifacts of absurd briefs that question the role of the objects we surround ourselves with. His work fluctuates between furniture and autonomous object, no longer something of assumed use, set against a wall, but rather something to be worked around, engaged with, set in the foreground of a room. An assemblage of simple geometries and mechanical construction, an object’s material appearance recedes to highlight its uncertain function.

Annie Paxton

Annie Paxton is a multidisciplinary designer based in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarunga-ga). She works as an architecture graduate with the talented team at Kennedy Nolan while pursuing her creative practice which navigates the juncture between architecture and furniture/object. Annie has a keen interest in the poetics of everyday life and how design both drives and is driven by it. Her work often resides in the liminal space between the functional and the sculptural, the robust and the fragile, and the material and the spatial. The interrogation of time and process as materials are salient drivers in her practice, with a tendency to imbue her works with patina and the trace of the hand.

Dalton Stewart

Dalton Stewart lives in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarunga-ga) working in the productive overlap of visual art, architecture, and design. His practice gives form to ideas that experiment with simple materials and processes that appear formal and abstract, exploring the possibilities of these disciplinary overlaps. Through material assemblage, his work occupies and questions the space between form and function, furniture and sculpture.

Shalini Rautela

Shalini Rautela lives and works on the lands of the Kulin Nation. Rautela was the recipient of Bates Smart Medal for her thesis project, Studio Dirt, responding to material flows within the context of deconstruction and reuse in Melbourne’s built environment. Shalini is concerned with a tectonic and material-driven approach to design, formal outcomes being reciprocally influenced by these processes.

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