Winner: Furniture Design
Adam Goodrum + Arthur Seigneur, Exquisite Corpse ‘Longbow’ Credenza
‘Longbow’ is a credenza from the three piece-collection ‘Exquisite Corpse’, by A+A – a collaboration between Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur.
The initial design and patterns were conceived by industrial designer Adam, then finessed by Melbourne-based French marquetry artisan Arthur. The duo envisioned the colours and patterns together, resulting in a cascading kaleidoscopic design inspired by the concentric symmetry of a lotus blossom.
Using just a scalpel, ruler and wood glue, Arthur painstakingly covered the credenza with 10,000+ ribbons of custom-dyed straw imported from Burgundy. Exploiting the material’s reflective properties, this straw has been laid in varying and often contrasting directions, imbuing the surface with a dynamic, textured quality.
The 17th-century craft of straw marquetry is believed to be practised by only 25 artisans around the world today. To Arthur’s knowledge, he is the only one still practising this art in Australia.
The Exquisite Corpse collection was originally created as an exhibition for Melbourne Design Week. The collection takes its title from surrealist parlour game cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse), where a collection of words or images is collectively assembled, much like A+A’s work.
Danielle Brustman, Chromatic Fantastic Cabinet
Manapan x Foolscap Studio, Gulnura Table
The Furniture Design award is presented by Jardan.