What’s On


Parry Street, Newcastle West

@Earp Bros

All Day

EJE Architecture will have an interior designer, senior interior designer and senior architect on site at Earp Bros on the day, giving complimentary mini consults & advice on colour and material selections for the home and business.

Earp Bros are launching a new brand: Bespoke Tile and Stone, a unique range of stone, ceramic and handmade products sources from all corners of the globe. Come and see the beautiful colours, patterns, textures and shapes and let your imagination run wild.

They will also be showcasing exclusive new product from Spain – stunning decorative wall tiles and floor tiles from leading brand, Porcelanosa Group.


@Classic Blinds

All Day

Classic Blinds goes troppo! See the latest range of vibrant European outdoor fabrics from Markilux and experience Horton & Co. and Empire Furniture’s transformation of the showroom into a Caribbean pop-up bar. Enjoy some time lounging around drinking cocktails (or breakfast mocktails)!


@Hunter Design School

All Day

Students will be available to share their creative journey as they study design.
‘Ask an Architect’ – Professional expertise from Matt Hull who will be on hand to answer your building design questions.

11:00am & 1:00pm

Presentation from Donna Burrell – Liquid Colour Renovating on a Budget.



All Day

Let’s Build This City: INNX Hub is an exciting new addition to the Parry St creative precinct and is set to be Newcastle’s largest and most dynamic co-working space for creative businesses in the Hunter and beyond. Design + offers an opportunity for the pubic to walk through this impressive new facility, ask questions, have a bite to eat at our Parry Street pancake stall and contribute to our community blackboard of innovation and ideas. See why INNX members are the leaders in innovation and what we envision for the creative future of our city.


@Pappa Sven

All Day

Pappa Sven is a brand new Scandinavian homewares store, opening for the first time at Design Plus. The store will be open from 10am – 4pm and you will be made very welcome with traditional Swedish Fika (Snacks) and, if the sun is shining, have the opportunity to test your skills at the addictive outdoor game ‘Finska’. You will find a beautiful range of homewares, textiles, books and food items as well as some beautiful artwork from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Pappa Sven is looking forward to welcoming you to DesignPlus.



10am and 1pm

Rug Workshop

Midday and 2pm

Wallpaper hanging demonstration

All day

Artist in residence painting in-store and selling artworks
Ecclectic wines showcasing their range


3 x $100 lucky door prizes drawn throughout the day!
Spend $500 and receive a $100 gift voucher (some exclusions apply)!
20% off wallpaper and cushions!


64 Maitland Road, Islington

@Reece Newcastle

All Day

Enjoy lunch in the Reece carpark from El Poco Loco and experience a collaborative installation by Jason Elsley, Jodie Duddington and Tanya Fogarty. This trio will bring their cumulative talents in architecture, design and styling together to explore the notion of ‘The Journey’ utilising Reece plumbing products.


Brands Presentation: LAUFEN, Roca & Teknobili
Wendy Green – Wow Factor presenting latest trends within the bathroom
3D Bathroom Planner Workshop / Competition
Basin Modelling Competition

11:00am – 2:00pm

Lunch El Poco Loco The Mexican Food Van


Brands Presentation: LAUFEN, Roca & Teknobili
Wendy Green – Wow Factor presenting latest trends within the bathroom


Competition to be judged and winner announced.
Special Attendance – Therman Hot Water Reece Irrigation


12 Fern Street Islington

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James Felton-Taylor from Australian Sustainable Timbers talks about the challenges and rewards of running an award-winning, sustainably-managed native regrowth forest in Australia. The talk will also feature some of the architectural projects AST timber has been used on, in Australia and internationally.


‘Unmade’ – the architectural journey begins. A crop of 5th year University of Newcastle architecture students on why they decided to study architecture, the undergrad degree, the year out, masters, the stress of the final year etc. Featuring Basil Bullock, James Booth, Nicholas Flatman and Dylan Try.


Architect Brian Suters has spent more than 50 years as an architect living and working in Newcastle. In theory retired for the past 10 years, he has never been so busy, and will be showing us some of his recent houses and pro bono community projects.


‘Life as a labyrinth’ – Recent architecture graduate Poppy Bevan tells the story that begins with her Eric Parker fellowship trip to France, researching and drawing the works of Corbusier. She speaks of how this time has influenced her Masters studies, and spurred on the running of her own design practice here in Newcastle.


‘The Accidental Architect’ – Ed Highton from Space Design Architecture talks us through his architectural journey so far: Work experience…Wembley Stadium…Weekend Architect…Award Winning Practice


‘Untravelling’ – Steele Olney from CK Design Studio talks us through his whistlestop architectural tour of the globe in 2013 with his art teacher partner Rhiannon.


Jodie Dixon reflects on her past 17 years as an architect, during which time she has worked for practices large and small, researched and taught at uni and juggled family life around a busy residential practice.


Hunter Street, Newcastle West

TAFE Hunter Street Campus


12:00pm – 2:00pm

Free Wine Tasting -Hunter TAFE presents their very own wine label: In’tuition




– Fashion Design and Illustration workshop 11am to 1pm
Drop in for 30 mins or spend an hour. Try your hand at fashion illustration and garment design under the guidance of a fashion illustration teacher.
Gina Ermer
– CabMaster 3D interactive kitchen and cabinet design package 10am to 4pm
Play with the CabMaster program which is a revolution in design and manufacturing cabinetmaking software.
Brad Holmes
– 3D printing 10am to 3pm
See 3D printing in action.
View the interface between the computer and printer, making a bangle every 15 mins.
Kathryn Swan
– Motion Capture 10am to 3pm
View the Motion Capture room used to animate characters and 3D images in moves and games. Also view the Green screen studio.
Richie Allen