ROUND TABLE

STUART HOUGHTON, ROUND TABLE, 2000

MYRTLE, MYRTLE VENEER, JARRAH
730(H) x 1100(Ø) mm

THE WORK

Houghton’s Round Table is a modern interpretation of a traditional style. The veneer pattern on the top is known as a ‘sunburst’ and is particularly suited to a round table. The myrtle veneer was specially selected and arranged so that the grain intensifies towards the outside. The table design was based on a coffee table he designed and made for his parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.

THE DESIGNER

Stuart Houghton has been designing and making furniture since the start of the 1980s. He now works from a studio at his Hobart home and is also metalwork technician at the University of Tasmania, Centre for the Arts. Stuart has a particular interest in seating. He believes in keeping the aesthetics and appearance simple and not compromising comfort or durability.

“Seating is a pretty broad thing - from couches to chairs and stools. I've always liked that interaction with the human body, the intimacy with it. I find cabinets a bit sterile. A chair has to be comfortable, that's absolutely essential. If they're not comfortable, they're just a piece of sculpture. A chair has to look right too. You can't really divorce function and form, they have to go together”.

Born: 1958, Victoria Australia

Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Furniture Design) Honours, University of Tasmania, 1993; Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, TAFE Tasmania, 2001