STUART HOUGHTON, ROUND TABLE, 2000
MYRTLE, MYRTLE VENEER, JARRAH
730(H) x 1100(Ø) mm
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.
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