Local furniture designers, crafters and manufacturers partnered with the Forest Products Commission to showcase Western Australia’s sustainably managed native hardwoods, bringing home a number of coveted awards at the nation’s largest furniture and furnishing exhibition, Furnitex & Design 2016 in Brisbane.
The Commission approached leading Western Australian furniture designers and manufacturers to promote and market innovative native timber furniture and products at its exhibition space, Western Australian Hardwoods. The objective was to give craftsman an opportunity to showcase the true beauty and qualities of Western Australia’s unique hardwoods including jarrah, karri, marri and WA sheoak to a national and international audience.
Their talents were on display with stunning leaf artwork by Kyoto Design, a striking sheoak side table designed and produced by Simon Parsons of SP Furniture and designer Clint Clarke of Port Jarrah offered a beautiful characteristic natural edged coffee table. Adrian van den Ouweland of Treeton Fine Wood Studio in Cowaramup presented a curly marri coffee table with angled legs and stainless steel clasps and Jarrimber Furniture produced a unique 18-bottle jarrah wine rack. Nathan Day Design exhibited a delicate table using an innovative chemical process to ebonise jarrah and Inglewood Products Group provided a range of unique outdoor furniture.
Western Australian companies and designers also won a number of coveted awards at the Australian Furniture Industry Awards and Australian Contemporary Emerging Design Awards.
Among the winners were:
- Auswest Timbers - Australian Furniture Association Supplier of the Year award.
- Quedos Billiard Tables - Timer Medallion award sponsored by Wood Solutions
- Tamara Glick - Creative Vision Student award for her moulded karri plywood and industrial metal Loop Chair
- Kianoosh Kavoosi - Creative Vision award for her Charles Table
Award recipients: Judi Pitcher (receiving on behalf) of Auswest Timbers, Rob Vudrag of Quedos Billiard Tables and emerging designer Kianoosh Kavoosi.
All winners can be found at Australian Furniture Awards.