MULTIFORM CONTAINER

PAUL BAILEY, MULTIFORM CONTAINER, 2001

EUCALYPT, EUCALYPT VENEER, CRAFTWOOD, LEATHER
56 (H) x 272 (W) x 272 (D) mm

THE WORK

This intriguing box made from Eucalypt is a playful example of Paul’s talent and skill. The lid is comprised of a patchwork of moveable pieces, which can be arranged in a variety of ways encouraging interaction and a sense of play. The feeling of movement and fluidity is intensified by Paul’s treatment of the pieces. Each piece is formed into a triangular three-dimensional shape, with the direction of the wood grain a fundamental design feature. He has used a mixture of Danish oil and furniture wax to finish the surface of the box

“ The way the segments of lid are made… it’s so simple, each piece is very simple in design but yet you can make so many different patterns by turning the pieces around. I did make some more complicated versions, where the lid pieces had a more complex form, but in the end I went back to the simplicity of this design, it works better. “

THE DESIGNER

Paul Bailey began his career by studying at the University of Tasmania, where he graduated from the Centre of Furniture Design in 1986. He went on to further his involvement in the design industry by becoming one of the founding directors of the Designer Makers Cooperative, which is based in Hobart. Paul’s tendency toward producing limited editions and one-off pieces means his works are highly sought after and each contain a sense of individuality and significance. Along with his passion for design, Paul has also studied language and literature.

Born: 1961, Hobart, Australia

Training: Bachelor of Fine Art (Furniture), University of Tasmania, 1986