MARTY WOLFHAGEN, CASUARINA CHAIRS, 1995
LAMINATED CASUARINA, STAINLESS STEEL
780(H) x 450(W) x 450(D) mm
These fascinating chairs are made by seamlessly jointing more than 100 pieces of timber. Marty personally cut and milled the timber used for these chairs from a 25-year-old Casuarina grown by him on his family property on the East Coast. The chairs have been constructed using boat-building techniques with stainless steel wire in the seats. Marty’s design and craftsmanship results in an item of great sculptural quality.
Marty studied at the Centre for Furniture Design in Hobart and has since developed a successful furniture design practice, which he operates independently from his workshop near Westbury, northern Tasmania. He specialises in handmade furniture pieces that are crafted with exquisite care and attention to detail. The time-consuming nature of much of his work means that production is limited to single pieces or small editions. Marty has exhibited widely both in Tasmania and interstate. He believes that the design of quality products is dependent on a harmonious marriage of technical and engineering needs with aesthetic considerations.
“I aim to have aesthetically durable designs – classically beautiful pieces that will last through the ages.”
Born: 1959, Launceston, Tasmania
Training: Centre for Furniture Design, Tasmanian School of Art