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After Hours celebrates the side-hustle culture among Melbourne’s designers

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Arm-chair by Oliver du Puy at After Hours

Volker Haug Studio has unveiled a Melbourne Design Week exhibition featuring projects created by artists, designers and architects outside of their day jobs.

After Hours is a showcase of side projects by eight individuals and studios, celebrating how each has been able to produce work outside the limits of their field.

As the exhibition text states, it features “furniture produced by interior designers, functional objects created by visual artists, and installations designed by architects”.

Arm-chair by Oliver du Puy at After Hours
An asymmetric armchair was designed by architect Oliver du Puy

Highlights include an asymmetric armchair designed by architect Oliver du Puy, geometric table lamps by jewellery designer Anna Varendorff and an exploration of mark-making by interior design studio Ritz & Ghougassian.

Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, when home and work lives became inevitably blurred, the studio wanted to “bring to the forefront artistic pursuits that are often pushed to the wayside by daily business”.

“The pandemic granted us a new moment to take a step back and really engage with our cohorts in the Melbourne design and arts community,” said Volker Haug Studio designer Abde Nouamani.

Anna Varendorff at After Hours
Jewellery designer Anna Varendorff created table lamps out of metal tubes

Volker Haug Studio – a lighting design office led by designer Volker Haug – wanted to show that the city has an underground creative scene that is just as active as the professional studios.

“We wanted this to be an invitation to the other creatives in our orbits, to be working on and toward something together,” he told Dezeen.

Anna Varendorff at After Hours
Varendorff also produced chairs using recycled bike wheel rims

Du Puy’s design, called Arm-chair, is a comment on the tension between work and leisure time, with one arm resting and the other on alert.

Varendorff, of ACV Studio, has created various pieces using found objects. As well as the table lamps, which have frames made out of metal tubes, she has created chairs made out of recycled bike wheel rims.

Ritz & Ghougassian at After Hours
Ritz & Ghougassian presents an exploration of mark-making

Ritz & Ghougassian’s works are reminiscent of textile design. By repeatedly making pages with pencil lines, they have created large-scale artworks.

Volker Haug Studio has contributed one of its own designs to the show – a rug designed to recall a sunset across the Melbourne cityscape.

“It’s inspired by the imprint of built forms against the flat backdrop of the sky at dusk, tracing the silhouetted architectural forms,” said Nouamani.

Brahman Perera at After Hours
Textural layers of plaster form this pendant light by interior designer Brahman Perera

Interior designer Brahman Perera has created a bespoke lighting installation, featuring a pendant made by applying layers of plaster over a wireframe.

Architects Michael White from Freadman White and Johan Hermijanto from Bates Smart collaborated to create Babel – a totemic sculpture with an intricate, lightweight structure.

Babel by Michael White and Johan Hermijanto at After Hours
Babel is a totemic sculpture by architects Michael White and Johan Hermijanto

The exhibition is completed by abstract artworks by graphic designer Wes Waddell, of Studio HiHo, and a photography project by art director Marsha Golemac.

After Hours is open from 9am to 5pm every day from Friday 26 March to Monday 5 April 2021, as part of Melbourne Design Week. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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