DIA Design Gallery Exhibition showcases the work of Michele Rondelli

Design superstar, Michele Rondelli, recently flew into Australia to present his groundbreaking fabric collection ‘design opulence’ at the Design Gallery of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) in Melbourne.

Rondelli is the Creative Director for Jakob Schlaepfer Décor, a new division of a century old Swiss-based company who produce haute couture textiles for fashion giants including Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Marc Jacobs and Prada amongst others.

Under Rondelli’s direction the company has recently produced an extraordinary collection of magnificently coloured, opulent fabrics for residential use. These handcrafted designs have made their way into art installations, drapery, wall coverings and upholstery and were presented to a handpicked audience of Melbourne designers at the exhibition’s opening night last week.
Fabrics made of metal that weighed only five grams per metre, and another with over one million sequins per square metre formed part of this extraordinary collection!

Rondelli, an architect by profession, drew respect and admiration from his design audience as he demonstrated the extraordinary design qualities and breathtaking technical skills embedded into his creations.

The exhibition, ‘design opulence’, sponsored by the Hoad Group, is a sneak preview before release in Europe, and runs until February 18th at the DIA Design Gallery, Level 1, 175 Collins Street, Melbourne, from 10.00 am to 4.00pm. Admission is free.

The Design Institute of Australia – Australia’s only professional, multi-disciplinary design organisation – has been actively improving the community and status of designers since 1947. The organisation promotes the value of design and designers to industry, business, government and the community. The DIA provides a vibrant networking base on a state, national and international level. Through its international affiliations, the DIA links its members with designers in over 40 countries. www.design.org.au

For more information visit www.design.org.au/gallery