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Project / Completed 2022

ManuFutures 2 by DesignInc

/ By DesignInc

The Space

ManuFutures - Deakin University's expansion to an existing facility that uses timber, colour and technology to inspire new product ventures.


“ManuFutures 2 extends the original facility and introduces a new testing and maker space called ‘Innoveering’ that provides businesses with access to robot arms, 3D printers, lasers, and other technical equipment”

An injection of colour and timber was used to explore creativity and innovation in DesignInc’s ManuFutures 2. After the first iteration in 2018, ManuFutures expanded its industrial incubator for future technology enablement.

Alongside the blonde timber, is a rich and warm art instalment by Billy-Jay O’Toole, a Wadawurrung man whose artwork was developed as a 44m graphic and applied to the hub interior.

The new technology tester and maker space was developed by leading practice DesignInc, a multidisciplinary studio that spans Australia wide. As forward thinkers, DesignInc encourage cultural evolution practices like family-friendly options, adopting carbon-neutral systems and acknowledging the relationship between the environment and the design thinking of First Nations peoples.

Accompanying the product engineering lab are breakout spaces to assist in the development of new ventures to test small-scale prototyping. These areas are separated by floor to ceiling Victorian ash battens, muted furniture and colourful art. The combination of materials is aimed at inspiring and encouraging innovation for the energetic teams using it.

GoodWood Victorian ash and Tasmanian Oak battens are commonly used to create a gentle visual and acoustic barrier between spaces. ASH has two blonde batten options – GoodWood and American Oak by ASH. Both are manufactured in Victoria to ensure the highest quality timber with processes that encourage straight, stable and consistent products. Learn more on the GoodWood and American Oak by ASH webpages.


“The ASH timber battens were selected for their beauty, their sustainability and in support of a leading Australian owned and operated business”

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