For this special Melbourne Design Week 2024 program we will join local furniture design and maker, Thomas Lentini, for a studio visit and conversation. Inviting a small group of participants into Lentini’s Yarraville studio, the event will start off with a tour of the workshop and a short demonstration, showcasing Lentini's processes. Following the this, Craft will lead a discussion with Lentini unpacking the power of creative commissions and the importance of small-scale bespoke production within the design ecology.

Highlighting small-scale, end-to-end craft production, this event considers how we come about getting the objects we choose to have in our lives; and what that means for the person producing them. Bespoke creative commissions enable clients and makers to come together to produce meaningful and enduring works. Furthermore, they can enable makers to build sustainable careers around their craft.

Date: Saturday 25 May 2024
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: Studio Thomas Lentini, Yarraville 3013 VIC*
Cost: $25 (Limited capacity)

Thomas Lentini is a bespoke furniture maker and designer specialising in solid timber dining tables. His designs draw inspiration from architecture, nature, and his materials to create direct and meaningful heirloom pieces that respond to an intended space or end user.

Thomas holds an Associate Degree in Furniture Design (2012) and a Diploma in Furniture Design and Technology (2011) from RMIT University. Since launching Studio Thomas Lentini in 2017, his clients have included Angle, Arent & Pyke, Cohen Leigh Architects, Double Monk Sydney, Flack Studio, Homeroom Studio, Karen Abernethy Architects, Kennedy Nolan, Lovell Burton Architects, Louis Vuitton Australia, Modern Times, Nat Turnbull, Neil Hugh Office, Nicole Bell Design, Rob Kennon Architects, Robson Rak, Simone Haag, Therefore Studio and Travis Walton Architecture.

*10min walk from Yarraville station and plenty of free street parking available. Please bring warm clothes in case of cooler weather, the studio is not heated.

This program is delivered as a part of Melbourne Design Week 2024. Melbourne Design Week and the Victorian Design Program are initiatives of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.