The Bushfire

The Bushfire is a collection of work developed for exhibition with ‘The Other Hemisphere at Ventura Lambrate, Milan, as part of Milan Design Week 2014.

The collection is an exploration and expression of Australia’s unique understanding of the regenerative aspects of bushfire. Drawing from the Australian landscape, five objects relate to one another through materiality, finish and colour, with each object designed to function both individually and as part of the suite. Fortynine_Studio_group2Tinderlight by Lauren Austin represents the ignition of fire, borrowing from seedpod forms.Fortynine_Studio_LightMacrocarpa by Ben Elbourne is a table that explores the stages of bushfire and regeneration. Materials have been carefully chosen and layered so that the table can survive and change through fire.Fortynine_Studio_tableOperculum by Sarah Spackman is a copper and natural fibre brush that takes its form from native flora. The user is able to replace the bristles after they wear out with locally available fibres or other material.Fortynine_Studio_brush2Integument by Carly Vickers’ is a bowl that references the contrasting smooth interior and resilient exterior of seedpods that open up during fire.Fortynine_Studio_bowlEpicormic Clamp by Harriet Watts takes its lead from the new growth that appears on trees after fire. The clamp allows the user to create, and make additions to, structures with readily available materials in standard sizes.Fortynine_Studio_JointThe works make use of local and reclaimed materials including native plant fibres, timber, copper and ceramic, and have been developed using local manufacturers in combination with a number of hand finishing techniques.

The collection was launched with ‘The Other Hemisphere’ at Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week in April 2014.

The Other Hemisphere was also exhibited at DesignEX Sydney in May 2014.

Images courtesy The Other Hemisphere © Andy Lewis

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body

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