International travel may be off the agenda but you can gain inspiration closer to home this July. A stellar line-up of Australian design talents are gathering at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th July 2021.

The MEC will transform into a gorgeous village of design and furniture inspiration for Decor + Design and the Australian International Furniture Fair, with hundreds of exhibitors showing the latest in indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, textiles, workspace design and contemporary art.

Featured speakers at this year’s Australian House & Garden Seminar Series will include interior designer, presenter and style writer, James Treble, top designers Mim Fanning, Cameron Kimber, Jeremy Bull (below) and Adelaide Bragg (pictured above), plus design authorities Robyn Holt  and Interiors Addict’s Jen Bishop.

Jeremy Bull, Principal of Alexander & Co

Tanya Buchanan, Editor-in-Chief of Australian House & Garden, will be hosting the seminar program – plus don’t miss AH&G’s Interiors Editor Kate Nixon’s ‘Australian Styling Masterclass’ on Thursday 15th July.

The uber-style guru Thomas Hamel will be speaking on Friday 16th July in conversation with his Creative Director Becky Yager, who worked with luminaries such as Nate Berkus before moving to Australia.

Thomas Hamel

Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent & Pyke will also speak on the Friday. Known for their exquisite interiors, they will reveal the fundamental elements which help them create liveable, honest and breathtakingly beautiful rooms.

Sydney-based Swedish designer Anna-Carin McNamara will be a highlight on Saturday 17th July, sharing the essence of sustainability which pervades Scandinavian design.

Anna-Carin McNamara

Sustainability will be a focus of the entire show, with a new Sustainability Hub hosted by Design Matters. Visitors will be able to explore a luxe Tiny House fully kitted out with sustainable design products.

“We’re super excited to bring Australia’s premier networking and buying event for the design industry back to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in 2021,” says event director Chris May.

“This industry is all about the senses and experiencing products in real life – something we’ve all sorely missed over the past year! Many long term and exciting new exhibitors will be showcasing classic and contemporary styles and launching new products at the 2021 show.”

Chris May, Exhibition Director

Plus don’t miss the Virtual Major Design Trends 2022 Forecast from Victoria Redshaw, which will be released on 1st July before the show.

Register now to attend and book your seminars – the exhibition is free but limited to design and furniture trade visitors, while seminar tickets are available from $55 – $65.