VARIABLE COUPLING

PIPPA DICKSON, VARIABLE COUPLING, 2005

HOOP PINE PLYWOOD, LACQUER, ALUMINIUM
430(H) x 2450(W) x 600(D) mm

MADE BY DAVID ROBERTS

THE WORK

While researching notions of liminal space (zones of social reality) and transit areas, Pippa became fascinated with pioneering aircraft and the early transportation history in Tasmania. The form of the Variable Coupling bench seat was inspired by the dynamism of early flying boats that landed on the Derwent River. In plan view the ‘x’ represents the apparent stasis of the spinning propeller blade and in elevation the curve reflects the wave generated as the craft lands.

“My designs are predominantly inspired by elements of aircraft design. I am drawn to the positive connotations of aircraft; mobility, freedom and the idea of being able to transport oneself from a particular situation or condition.”

THE DESIGNER

Pippa moved to Hobart from Perth, WA in 1997 to study Furniture Design at the School of Art, UTAS where she completed an Honours degree and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a PhD in ‘Furniture for Transit Areas’. Pippa has coordinated several design-related exhibitions including Young Designers Month and Design Island and her work has featured in numerous exhibitions. She has been President of the Furniture Designers Association and was appointed as the first Project Officer - Design at Arts Tasmania. She has been the Executive Officer at GASP (Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park) since 2008.

Born: 1973, Western Australia

Training: Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) University of Western Australia; PhD in Fine Arts (Furniture Design), University of Tasmania, 2006

Represented: Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart