MYRTLE CABINETS

LINDA FREDHEIM, PAIR OF MYRTLE CABINETS, 1997

MYRTLE, HOOP PINE PLYWOOD, MDF, BRONZE, COPPER
650(H) x 400(W) x 400(D) mm

THE WORK

The pair of cabinets reflect Linda’s interest in surface decoration and the process of labelling, cataloguing, and storage. The motifs on the label and inside each drawer represent the real or imaginary imprint left by an object. The cabinets are small personal pieces of furniture; identical in shape, but different in their detailing. They are designed to be together, but almost have their own separate personalities. Like many of Linda’s other cabinets, the attention to detailing means the viewer has to interact with and use the piece to fully appreciate it.

“What I really like is when you don’t see everything at once. It may take people a few days to get to know the piece…”

THE DESIGNER

Linda originally trained and worked as a physiotherapist, but subsequently studied Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania majoring in Furniture Design, and graduated in 1992. She has struck a balance with her career, working part-time in both Physiotherapy and as an established Wood Designer/Maker.

As a studio-based designer, Linda practice includes commissions, limited production pieces and collaborative projects with other artists and designers.  Through her involvement with several organisations, including the Furniture Designers Association in Hobart, Linda is committed to the development of the craft, design, and furniture industry in Tasmania.  Her impressive exhibition history reinforces her status as an experienced design practitioner, including shows throughout Europe and Asia.  In 1999 she was commissioned to produce a suite of furniture for the Tasmanian Deputy Premier’s Offices.

Born: 1960, Hobart

Training: Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Lincoln Institute Melbourne, 1982; Bachelor of Fine Arts (Furniture), University of Tasmania, 1992