STRAIT SHELVES

SIMON ZABLOTSKY, STRAIT SHELVES, 2006

HUON PIN, MYRTLE, STAINLESS STEEL
1950 (H) x 1300(W) x 300(D) mm

THE WORK

This bookshelf is inspired by the waves of Bass Strait. The shelves are representative of the turbulent sea, the movement of each one slightly different. The dividers symbolise buoys at sea, being tossed around in choppy conditions. Simon’s intention was to create a bookshelf with an airy appearance and without the bulk of traditional bookcases, thus requiring less timber. It can be used against a wall or as a room divider.

THE MAKER

Simon is interested in combining various metals with timber in his designs. His work combines traditional joinery and modern technology, sometimes including electronic devices such as lift mechanisms. He is inspired by the environment and organic shape and movement can be seen in much of his work. From New South Wales, Simon came to Tasmania to study Furniture Design at the University of Tasmania.

Simon operates a furniture design business in Newcastle, New South Wales. He undertakes large and small-scale commissions and has a range of production furniture items including shelves, chairs, boxes and cabinets. He established the Hunter Fine Woodworking School in 2011 teaching Fine Furniture skills such as steam bending, laminating and veneer making. Simon has undertaken a number of public art and private commissions. In 2008 he won the commission to design and produce a Sydney Federal Court suite, which was all produce from a single, carefully selected Tasmanian Blackwood.

Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Furniture), University of Tasmania