Victorian Bluestone has a rich history, deeply embedded in the architecture and streets of Melbourne. Despite the understated beauty of this building material, there is a larger issue emerging - the vast amounts of unused waste material generated from its quarrying.
In collaboration with Ash Allen, we set about exploring the possibility of up-cycling this waste material. During a four month investigation, we discovered that the Bluestone powder melts in a kiln at ~1250 deg C. As it cools, it coalesces into a strong solid form, actually denser and more impervious than the original stone. During the melt, a small concave meniscus forms on the outer edge of the puddle. To highlight this feature and to create an interesting shadow pattern, we decided to make a wall sconce.
The mirrored bulb, positioned centrally, not only highlights this outer section, but also brings attention to the warm, textured surface of the piece
Dimensions: 390mm diameter, 75mm deep Weight: 2.5kg
listen is an audio-visual wearable device, that speculates on how we perceive our surroundings. From a walk in a park, to a run through the streets of ones home town, ‘Listen’ is a wearable that creates dynamic visuals based on the ambient sounds that go unnoticed and unappreciated everyday. What this project consists of is an electro magnet which is embedded into the face of the watch, which is connected to a basic audio sensor. Based on the variations in ambient sounds, the audio sensor sends variable pulses to the electro magnet, which then stimulates micro-particles into unique landscapes in real time. What this aims to do is reconnect the user back to the landscapes they live in, by highlighting the subtle beauties that have in time become normal and unnoticed. With age, expectations of the extraordinary typically diminish, and the environment around us becomes uniform in the terms of ordinary. Though with Listen, these fleeting moments of beauty are reimagined, reformed and reinvigorated in order to create a deeper synergy between user and landscape.
Iron and Wine
This bar stool started out as a form study, which gradually took shape while developing sketches of geometric shapes. With a focus on refined details, each profile is cleanly joined with beautifully concealed welds.
This product is made to order, and is constructed with mild steel and Tasmanian Oak tops.
dimensions: 280mm x 410mm (variable)
In January 2017, I was lucky to work on a collaboration between Dowel Jones and Sample Brewery. This project consisted of developing single keg roving units, to transport beer around festival and event grounds, as well as a bar that can easily be assembled and disassembled on site in a matter of minutes.