‘SWOLL’ ottoman and bench seating is a sculptural collection that has been designed in the culmination of experimental manipulation through certain upholstery and trimming techniques. The organic form follows the movement of the reinterpreted surface texture through the altered surface and volume.
The sculptural form and geometric quilted decoration of this piece follow Christina’s design aesthetic that looks to the binaries of hard and soft. This is represented in SWOLL through the contrast between straight lines and fluid movement and swollen silhouettes.
Rock Maple, Felt
This piece challenges preconceived notions of what constitutes a soft upholstered surface and it’s materialistic values as well as the capability of wood as a medium as a response to how materials can be manipulated and can interact with one another to result in a balanced functional piece.
The use of tessellation and continuous lines throughout the geometric pattern allow for fluidity in the movement of the wood, to correspond with the depression of the upholstered surface.
Rock Maple, Bute Wool
‘DOE’ chair was designed through an ongoing inquisition of the interaction between materials and form, particularly focusing on the binaries of hard and soft. Inspired by architectural and geometric structures in unison with organic contours, creating a form to respond with the human figure.
The dimensions of the ‘DOE’ lounge chair is a very deep and wide low chair that plays with the dimensions of an average chair to allow a range of seating positions therefore being comfortable in many different settings.
American Ash, FEBRIK textile
The ‘olio’ chair was developed with emphasis on the interaction between form and support, focusing on minimal supportive elements required to work in unison with the organic contours of the human figure.
The continuity of curved and cylindrical components provide a soft sculpted cohesion and playfulness highlighting intricate yet minimal design.
Red Cedar, Pacific Mahogany
The Agley table is design to build upon fundamental knowledge of solid timber design and construction to incorporate structures, surfaces and allowance for wood movement into larger furniture pieces that feature an elevated surface. The design evaluates and challenges tradition construction of a table or elevated surface with alternate support structures generating optimal surface area.
Plywood, Tasmanian Oak Veneer, LED’s, PMMA
This light is an extension of the tessellate bench seat, building on a similar geometric aesthetic. The light is created only through the use of materials around the workshop that remain from previous works.
Next to tool making, one of the fundamental characteristics of humans is their predilection to collect, whether it be talismanic objects, shells, stamps, shoes, or art objects. Collections need containment; Collectors cabinets protect and order the objects they contain. This group of vessels is designed to contain a collection of a variety of objects and items building sentimental values between the vessels and the owner. They symbolically represent a collection of memories as each box is designed to hold a certain item, as restricted by size to contain photos, visual journals, family heirlooms etc.
Hoop pine, Plywood, Milk crates
This piece is the result of a research-based program with an emphasis on environmental issues within the Bega Valley Shire and how this can be interpreted through art and design. Through engaging with the landscape, communities and environmental agencies on rising water levels, awareness has been heightened to the importance of transforming the area and educating the locals on preventative measures and proactive responses.
The Portable Tides table is a reflection of the initiative, not an object proposing to have a resolution to this environmental issue, but rather an item that have some practical use and to help bring awareness within the community. It consists of a lightweight frame construction supported by plastic crates, for in which in an emergency situation, the mobility of the object offers ease, as well as the opportunity to be utilized for different purposes.
Reclaimed Jarrah, Plywood, PVC piping
One of Australia’s rarest birds, the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote, has a new home due a collaboration with Amanda Edworthy, a PhD candidate from the Research School of Biology. The birds are currently threatened with extinction partly due to a decline in their nesting places, resulting in a 60 percent loss in their numbers over the last 20 years, with only 1500 remaining. To help combat this, 40 specifically designed nesting boxes have been installed in white gum trees within their native area of the southeast corner of Tasmania not only intending to emulate the tree hollows that the nesting 40-Spots favour, but also for the bird’s morphology and habits, as well as interacting cohesively with their native coastal environment.