Once we first ran a narrative on Brigitte Owers-Buccianti eye-catching Formosa stand in 2020, the headline was: ‘This Wiggly Coatstand Can Be Something You Need It To Be’. Eighteen months later, that’s nonetheless the underlying function of all Brigitte’s designs, created below her enterprise identify, Actual Non-Actual.
Centered on multi-functionality and making versatile design items that look nice, Brigitte’s designs mix quite a few items of furnishings in a single. Her signature Formosa, constructed from seven metres of bent powder-coated metal and a conical cement base, for instance, may very well be a hat-stand, coat-rack, towel rail, bedside desk or all the above. For an unique assortment for Trendy Instances, Brigitte fused the Formosa stand with the Méta bench so as to add a seating element to the already multi-purpose piece.
Brigitte shares a workshop in Coburg North with a guitar luthier, a knife maker and two woodworkers. That is the place the interior-design-student-turned-furniture-designer conjures the designs for her bent metal items impressed by a mixture of twentieth century Italian furnishings and Eileen Grey’s interiors.
Hiya Brigitte! You’ve had a fairly diversified design background and coaching, together with inside design, sculpture and ceramics industrial design. What introduced you to furnishings design?
I started with finding out positive artwork at RMIT (majoring in ceramics and sculpture) however I felt I needed to scale my design up so I transferred into inside design. I then turned pissed off with all the time designing issues within the digital realm and that tasks have been by no means actualised, which is how i ended up designing furnishings I may really make (not like 3d modelling the place you’ll be able to go on and on eternally and nothing is actually completed).
How did you be taught your craft?
In 2019, I used to be fortunate sufficient to do trade in Toronto, Canada, the place I took two lessons – furnishings design and furnishings building. They have been predominantly woodworking based mostly, nonetheless I’ve all the time been drawn to metallic and so I spent most of my free-time exterior of sophistication within the metalworking store, studying how one can bend, weld and end metallic from the superb scholar technicians that labored there.
What’s the course of of really making certainly one of your items?
Each bit is handmade in Brunswick by the superb Dustin from Us From House. The ground Formosa makes use of slightly below seven meters of metal (!) and is hand-bent utilizing a machine that’s really designed for making customized bike components.
I then pour and end the cement bases, nonetheless I’ve determined to not make these bases out of cement and am within the strategy of engaged on an alternate.
What do you suppose is your ‘voice’ within the furnishings design area?
I’m actually simply enthusiastic about making items that enhance the performance of seemingly mundane components of every day life: like strolling within the door and having an area to place your issues so that you don’t lose them.
I’m additionally enthusiastic about making multi-functional items of furnishings which can be time and area saving. Once more, inserting emphasis on making every day routines and rituals extra satisfying.
Do you have got any key references or inspirations?
An enormous inspiration for me is twentieth century Italian furnishings and object design. The items have been embedding with the flexibility to be customised and remodeled to swimsuit the person and their altering wants. Additionally, Eileen Grey’s interiors and strategy to adaptable furnishings are basic in my method of approaching design.
What does design imply to you, and what do you hope to speak?
Design to me is making every day life extra nice, whether or not that’s functionally or aesthetically or, even higher, combining the 2!
Pre-sales for the Wall Formosa and Ground Formosa open in February right here. The Formosa stand with Méta bench base is obtainable solely via Trendy Instances.
Brigitte’s work might be proven as a part of Craft Victoria’s new collection By/Product from March eighth – twenty seventh.