Join us for SMALL: an evening of community

Join us for SMALL: a panel discussion


We're excited to be a part of NGV's Melbourne Design Week, an exploration of the concept 'Design the world you want'.

You’re invited to SMALL: a panel discussion and evening of community in our Northcote studio exploring what it means to be intentionally SMALL.

In a world obsessed with growth, how do we celebrate our commitment to remaining purposefully SMALL? There is often a pressure on businesses to grow bigger, sell more, and be more prolific. The thirst for ‘new’ in our industry is insatiable, and unsustainable. What if the goal is no longer growth? What if small is the result of careful intention rather than a perceived failure or lack or aspiration?

‘It can be an uncomfortable place to be when everyone else is pushing to do more, be more, have more’ - Elise Heslop, Plyroom Director

Hosted with our studio buddies Coco Flip at our shared Northcote studio, we will bring together a panel of designers and thought leaders each with a unique perspective on this topic.

Our panel will share personal experiences and collectively explore alternatives to the growth treadmill many businesses find themselves on.

The panel will be moderated by Alice Blackwood, Editor, InDesign. Our panel members will be Fatuma Ndenzako, Owner, Collective Closets; Andrew Davies, CEO, B Corp Australia; Monique Woodward, Director, Wowowa; Elise Heslop, Owner, Plyroom and Kate Stokes, Owner, Coco Flip. See detailed biographies below.

The ticket price includes drinks and finger food.

SMALL event details:

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

At our studio, 161A Heidelberg Road, Northcote, VIC 3070

Ticket price: $10

Book your ticket through Eventbrite.

About Our Panelists:

Alice Blackwood

Alice Blackwood is an editor, journalist, communications strategist and currently Editor of Indesign magazine. With over 10 years’ experience in architecture, design and media, Alice is a passionate supporter of the Australian design community, profiling the faces and forces behind top projects, innovative products and industry initiatives. 

Fatuma Ndenzako

African born and Melbourne raised, Fatuma Ndenzako is one half of the eclectic clothing label Collective Closets. She's a designer, business owner, food lover, mum and passionate believer of conscious fashion. Her label is a harmonious marriage between the sister's two cultures playing on chic but restrained silhouettes found in Melbourne and the aesthetics of modern African fashion.

Andrew Davies

As CEO Andrew is responsible for the growth of the B Corp community in Australia and New Zealand. With experience across large and small business, in ASX-listed, family-owned and start-up models, Andrew is passionate about the role business can and should have in improving the world, contributing positively to change, and enriching the lives of everyone in our community.   

Monique Woodward

Monique Woodward co-founded her award-winning Melbourne based Architecture practice WOWOWA in 2010. With a team of 12, Monique is an AIA Emerging Architect Prize winner, was co-curator of the 2019 National Conference 'Collective Agency' and currently sits on the AIA VIC Chapter Council. WOWOWA is BCorp certified meeting a world standard for environmental & social sustainability.  

Elise Heslop

Furniture designer Elise Heslop is passionate about keeping things simple. Since 2013 the director of Melbourne based furniture studio Plyroom has created pieces that are intentionally modest and uncomplicated, with a focus on small-scale production and honest natural materials.

Kate Stokes

Kate Stokes is the founder and director of Melbourne based furniture and lighting design studio Coco Flip. An advocate of slow design, Kate designs products with personality and works closely with local manufactures to create high quality, lasting pieces. 

Image of our shared Northcote studio by Kristoffer Paulsen


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