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CUSTOM BUILT HOMES & SPEC HOME OF THE YEAR
INDIVIDUAL ARCHITECT DESIGNED RESIDENCES
11 TAHITI LANE,
WINNER 2009 BATHROOM PROJECT OF THE YEAR
2008 DISPLAY HOME WINNEER
Three budding WA designers stood out in the student category this year for their
visionary concepts and well-executed designs.
Brianna Russell • School of Wood • Edo Folding Chair
Tell us about the design process.
I picked out a joint first -- a mortise and tenon joint and practiced that. My teacher is quite
renowned for his ergonomic designs so he taught me how to calculate the curved backrest
and seat dimensions. Then I drew up the crisscross frame to give it that folding element.
Did you come across any challenges?
It was a pretty smooth process until the last week when I was putting it together and
sanding the backrest. I heard this small crack and freaked out. So I tested it and it
snapped because I'd put all the grain in the same direction -- there was nothing crossing
it for strength. So I had to go back to the drawing board.
What do you hope do achieve as a designer?
I don't plan to ever be wealthy making furniture, but I do hope to make a living out of it.
I want to come up with designs that make people happy.
Guy Eddington • Central Tafe • Library
How did this piece come to be?
Initially I thought I'd make a chair with bending plywood. One of my prototypes had a
void underneath for shelves and storage -- it was about being resourceful. And Peter my
lecturer suggested I look at it the other way, as a storage unit with a chair in it. I really
liked the idea and from there it evolved into a bookcase with a seat.
What makes this a functional piece of furniture?
The human factor is an essential part of the design. I decided I wanted to be completely
immersed in the bookcase so I dropped a picture of myself sitting on the seat to scale
and worked around that. You can either bring your legs up or let them hang over the side.
There's also a light for reading and plenty of storage.
Where next for you?
I'd like to do something in furniture or lighting. I thought I might try my luck in Melbourne
because it's such a diverse design scene over there -- a lot more opportunities in di erent
disciplines. I hope to keep challenging myself.
Ken Chun Kit Yeung • University of Western Australia • Jimme Chair
Tell us about the design.
I learnt from those old plastic chairs that have a 90-degree lace to them. Their cross
bracing structure is incredibly strong so I applied that form to these delicate 9mm thick
bluegum strips. The whole chair weighed 5kg at the end.
How did you achieve the comfor t factor?
I studied traditional Chinese chairs and learnt that to create comfort they would build
a frame around the seat and insert a loose piece of bamboo so it just bounces. I wanted
to create a similar e ect, so I put a spring underneath using three layers of 3mm
What do you hope to achieve as a designer?
I'm studying architecture now but whatever path I take, I don't want to be designing
exclusively for the rich. I want to make it accessible to everyone. I see design as a
fundamental thing, it's all about life, and I hope I can share that with lots of people.
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