The 2016 Furniture Design Graduates from Launceston's UTAS campus will be exhibiting their final year collection at Design Tasmania. The show opens December 2nd at 6pm, with floor talks from the graduates providing an insight in to the inspiration and direction of their work.

Exhibition runs from December 2nd - February 22nd 2017.

The 2016 Graduates are;

Jackson Wells:

Jackson’s work aims to reconsider our perception of furniture in public spaces. This includes furniture for airports, shopping centres, cafes and office spaces. The work is highly sculptural, yet pragmatic in consideration of function. It also reflects his investigations into organic forms derived from nature, and how man-made interventions adapt and adopt these patterns. Jackson has developed a seating configuration that was inspired by the organic forms found on the steep hills of Indonesian rice paddies. The seat is upholstered in 100% sustainable fabric and is accompanied by a Tasmanian Oak coffee table. Jackson hopes to work as a designer for an Australian firm after undertaking an honours degree in 2017.

Andrew Grant:

Andrew’s design work is inspired by his experience of, and passion for, riding Tasmanian mountain bike trails. In particular the work responds to his experience of the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails through the flow and form of the terrain. The organic forms of the drawer fronts of the sideboard and the apron rails on the dining setting are reminiscent of the flow and contours when riding and tactile interaction is also encouraged by the contours in the sideboard. The use of the Tasmanian Oak in the work also refers back to the forest trails. Andrew is keen to develop these ideas further in his future design practice.

Jake Cary-Edwards:

Jake's work explores the concept of modularity within the home through the lens of an industrial aesthetic such as shipping containers. His rationale is to investigate and adopt the universal system of shipping containers and the opportunities presented. The aesthetic and system of the shipping container can be seen in the drawer module through the ability to “stack” and the profile of the drawer fronts. The modules can literally be stacked on top of or alongside each other allowing flexibility. The analogy is further extended by the sole use of exposed keyways to construct a robust joint that is also playful in its functionality. Tasmanian oak is used in the construction of the carcass and drawers with a feature of American oak used on the drawer fronts. The table also adapts the industrial aesthetic but through its lean and refined expression. It also adopts the principles of “flat-packing” and incorporates the use of “trestle” legs which relate to the design of a shipping container that is utilitarian, functional but beautiful. Jake aspires to open his own design workshop building on his experience in cabinet making.