MPavilion 10 Chair Commission Open

MPavilion 10 Chair Commission Open





The annual MPavilion Chair Commission is now open – and Tadao Ando, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect and MPavilion 10 designer, is set to select the competition winner.

The Chair Commission is a highlight of each MPavilion, with the winning design and practice featured onsite and profiled to an expansive network of local and international media, collaborators, partners and visitors during the season.

‘Over the last nine years, the MPavilion Chair Commission has been won by established and emerging designers from across the world,’ said MPavilion Creative Director Jen Zielinska. ‘We are thrilled that Tadao Ando has agreed to judge the competition in our milestone tenth year.’

On MPavilion 10, Ando has said his ‘design began with a desire to find a scene of eternity within the public space of the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne. Eternal – not in material or structure – but in the memory of a landscape that will continue to live in people’s hearts.’


The selected design will be responsive to this unique design process and approach – Ando’s MPavilion 10 design will be released 11 May – with human-centred comfort also a key consideration. The winning chair will be used across myriad events, from conversations and concerts to children’s programs, workshops and gatherings.

Previous MPavilion Chair Commissions include designs by BoardGrove Architects, Canberra Design Lab (pictured), Carme Pinós, Chris Connell, Craftspeople in Mumbai, India, nüüd studio, OMA and Sean Godsell.

Open from 27 April 2023, the MPavilion Chair Commission competition will close at 5pm Friday 2 June 2023.

The brief


Design the MPavilion 10 chair to be used throughout our milestone tenth season. MPavilion 10 will take place in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne as designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando. Read more about Ando here.


Design considerations


  • MPavilion is an outdoor space ­– the chairs need to be weatherproof (rain, heat).
  • The chairs need to be lightweight – so they can be easily moved.
  • Be mindful of diversity – guests span small children to older adults of all abilities.
  • MPavilion does not always have a security guard present – it helps to be able to securely lock the chairs together overnight, but this is not essential.
  • The chairs need to be easily cleaned / wiped down.
  • The chairs need to be durable – and last the length of the season and beyond.
  • We care about the environment – the use of sustainable materials in the chair’s manufacturing will be highly regarded.




Please refer to the existing works of Tadao Ando – noting he will select the winning design. Consider the proposed materiality of MPavilion 10 (design released 11 May).




40–50 chairs.




  • Five designers will be shortlisted and awarded $500 +GST.
  • Total budget is $12,500. This is to include a prototype chair, design fee, manufacturing and delivery costs.
  • As part of your expression of interest, please submit an itemised budget and include estimated costs.




Five designers will be shortlisted from the entries received and paid $500 +GST. One design will then be commissioned for production. Tadao Ando will select a winner from the shortlist.




Thursday 27 April MPavilion Chair Commission opens
Thursday 11 May MPavilion 10 design released
Friday 2 June MPavilion Chair Commission closes
Wednesday 21 June  Five designers shortlisted and winner notified
Thursday 27 July  Design detail finalised and prototype delivered
August – October All 40–50 chairs in production
Wednesday 8 November All chairs delivered to MPavilion
Thursday 16 November       MPavilion 10 season opens



Upon commission of the chair, the designer is assigned the intellectual property of the design on the basis that MPavilion is always acknowledged (i.e. MPavilion 2023 chair). MPavilion will retain the right to produce further editions of the chair without paying an additional design fee.


to apply

Email a PDF outlining your design concept (with considerations, imagery, materials, budget) to by 5pm Friday 2 June.

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