YOKA DOUGLAS, PAIR OF WOVEN TRAYS, 2008
HUON PINE, MYRTLE, MDF
20(H) x 450(W) x 250(D) mm
These trays were designed as an innovative way to reduce workshop waste. The woven strips are made from veneer offcuts and are encased within a lightweight frame. The trays were envisaged as a production item, relatively easy to manufacture and affordable. While the trays are objects of beauty, which can be displayed with integrity and purpose, they are also fully functional objects, capable of domestic use.
“ The making of this tray reflects my interest in working with material that might be rendered useless by a manufacturing or other process. The tray also shows my interest in many pieces making up a whole, giving the new piece a completely new meaning.”
Yoka was born in Amsterdam in 1946. Since migrating to Australia, Yoka graduated from the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Furniture Design in 1995. She went on to establish her own wood design business specialising in the production of furniture and small objects.
Yoka’s design philosophy stems from her profound respect for nature, so a large part of her process is to use off-cuts or blemished pieces of timber, which would normally be discarded, and with them create objects of beauty and worth.
Born: 1946, Amsterdam
Training: Bachelor of Fine Art (Furniture), University of Tasmania, 1995