We left DENFAIR 2019 feeling completely inspired by the sheer amount of creativity, craftsmanship and passion on display during the three-day trade fair dedicated to showcasing the best of local design. Here, we present our local brand highlights from Coco-Flip, Tim Webber, Nathan Goldsworthy and Australian manufacturers and craftspeople, Evostyle.
Melbourne based design duo Coco-Flip took inspiration from the Art Deco movement at their DENFAIR stand, which took home the award for Best Small Stand at the trade fairs awards program. Two large archway entrances welcomed visitors into the V-grove clad stand, which showcased two new collections – Honey and Sequence.
Coco Flip is a Melbourne based furniture and lighting design studio, run by NAU designer Kate Stokes and Haslett Grounds.
Two large archway entrances welcomed visitors into the V-grove clad stand, and a huge circular opening in the ceiling referenced the architectural work of Roy Grounds.
Alongside 2019 novelties, Coco-Flip showed Mayu, a favourite from the collection. Glowing with a welcoming allure and foreign beauty, Mayu is an exploration of sculptural forms inspired by the beauty of Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes.
Honey takes cues from the humble honey dipper’s soft curves. Offered in slip cast ceramic stoneware, or hand turned American White Oak with white or pink hand blown glass, Honey is a sculptural statement piece that celebrates Melbourne’s local artisans and provides a subtle ambient light.
Sequence is a playful series of coffee tables and bench seats that are both fun and versatile in nature. Featuring a simple, spun steel leg with a gentle curve, Sequence is is offered in a number of heights.
In a collective showcase featuring some of New Zealand’s leading furniture and lighting designers, Palisades was a joint vision initiated by The Designers Institute of New Zealand. An immersive textural landscape was designed by James McNab from Think + Shift, presenting designs by Tim Webber and Nathan Goldsworthy. The Palisades installation drew inspiration from the fortifications that once protected early settlements positioned on sloping hillsides throughout New Zealand, and featured curved walls fabricated from softly wrapped tubes to echo the ancient defenses.
Auckland-based Autex Industries, who specialise in acoustics and insulation products, provided the high-tech material used to create the vertical cylindrical surrounds of Palisades.
Tim Webber presented the Dowel Wall Sconce – the newest addition to his Dowel lighting collection.
Pivot Coffee Table, Dowel Pendants and Donut Side Table by Tim Webber Design.
In a new collection extension to the Walker chair, Tim Webber presented the Walker sofa, a two-seater sofa which contrasts slim bent steel with large pillowy comfort and inviting arm rests.
Palisades was the platform for the launch of the Atlas table by Nathan Goldsworthy. Taking its cue from the Vitruvian sketches, the Atlas table finds a likeness between architectural symmetry and the body’s ideal proportions. Solid oak blocks are cut, hewn, laminated, machined, and polished to create elemental forms derived from vertebrates.
Nathan Goldsworthy also presented a special edition of the Ballerina table, finished in a unique deep blue.
OAK REDefined LOUNGE//
An exploration of an American timber species from multiple perspectives, designer Adam Markowitz, digital craftsperson Marcus Piper and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) presented an evocative breakout space, where visitors could experience the physical and emotional properties of American Red Oak. Made in Australia by Evostyle, who manufacture pieces for the NAU collection, the multifunctional timber installation demonstrated the versatility of one of the most abundant hardwood species in the American forest as well as true Australian craftsmanship.
The OAK REDefined LOUNGE invited visitors to experience the physical and emotional properties of American Red Oak.
Made in Australia by Evostyle, who manufacture pieces for the NAU collection, the multifunctional timber installation demonstrated the versatility of one of the most abundant hardwood species in the American forest.
Coco-Flip - Kristoffer Paulsen
Palisades - Tim Webber
OAK REDefined LOUNGE - Tim Robinson