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Sam Lennon is a Hong Kong-based designer who also
produces a furniture range in New Zealand under the
brand The Lennon Project. His latest work is an extension
of what he star ted with the In verted C ube table – creating
fu nc tio nal yet sculptu ral an d geo metric forms as pieces of
furniture. “ I like the monolithic nature of using of a singular
material such as steel, and exploring the man y ways it can
be tra nsfo rmed an d expressed.” Prices o n applicatio n.
How did you get into design? My father is a cabinetmaker, so from a young
age I would follow him around and steal his hammer from time to time! I
have always loved making things and have al ways had a n atu ra l cu riosity
as to how objects are made, look and feel, but I guess going through
architectu re scho ol was the real trigger in defi ning my caree r path.
What have your movements been recently? At the moment I am based
in Ho ng Ko ng, working as the lead design er for a design an d produ ctio n
co mpa ny. We focus on event design an d build travelling exhibitio ns, small
fitouts and installations. A lot of the factories we work with are in China so I
get to travel there regularly. I feel ver y fo rtu nate to be able to travel, doing
what I love to do. I am also still producing my small range of furniture in New
Zealand so this keeps me very busy. I will hopefully spend some time back
home towards the end of the year.
How would you describe your design philosophy? Ah, I ’m n ot really
su re I have a philosophy. Most of my day-to -day work revolves aro u nd
designing to a clien t’s brief a nd these can be vastly different from proj ect to
project. As for my furniture or architectural style of choice, I would say it is
always cen tered on materiality – expressing an o bject’s material, form and
co nstruc tio n in the most ho nest and simple way I can .
Is there such a thing as ‘Kiwi design’? I think ‘Kiwi design’ is more of an
appro ach tha n a real defi nable aesthetic. New Zealan d is such an isolated
country and we are not directly exposed to, or have easy access to a lot of
the techn ology and man ufacturing option s that other cou ntries have. A s
a gene ralisatio n, I think Kiwi designers have an a mazing ability to make do
with what we have, so to speak , which resu lts in original, well-thought-o ut
an d un complicated designs, whether it be furn itu re o r architecture.
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