ROSS STRAKER, WRITING DESK, 1991
MYRTLE, LEATHER, FELT, EBONY, BRASS, EBONISED POPLAR VENEER
950(H) x 1200(W) x 800(D) mm
The understated elegance of the writing desk is due to Ross’s skill as a master craftsman, his meticulous attention to details and the uniqueness and beauty of Tasmanian myrtle. The restraint and minimal detailing of this design results in a piece that can be viewed as a work of art whilst also serving as a functional piece of furniture.
Ross was a founding director of the Designer Makers Cooperative in Hobart, has worked at the Centre for Furniture Design and is a past board member of the Tasmanian Design & Development Company. He was co-curator of the exhibition Splitting Heads at the inaugural Hobart Design Triennial in 1991. Ross has travelled extensively, including a lecture tour of the east coast of the United States of America and a residency at the Cite International Des Arts, Paris in the early 1990s. He has worked as a self-employed furniture designer / maker since the mid 1980’s.
Training: Bachelor of Fine Art (Furniture), University of Tasmania, 1985; Master of Fine Arts (Furniture), University of Tasmania, 1992