Australian design is often unfairly neglected by design writers: despite the country’s astronomical (certainly compared to us) size and numerous cultural similarities, its geographical distance often seems to be the problem.
This is a shame – as you might expect, Australia is brimming with talent. Felicity Dessewffy is such an example. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Melbourne in 2005, she pursued furniture design and making with the establishment of Dessewffy in 2012.
Her work is functional, but elegant. The taper bar stools are designed with comfort in mind (so often design-makers appear to neglect this) but maintain a lovely, sculptural aesthetic.
The Sliding Drawers are again highly functional, and designed to accommodate the varying requirements of the user. The aesthetic has a clean Scandinavian feel to it – understated, but stylish.
The Foggara coffee table was inspired by an ancient Algerian aqueduct system – called the Foggara. The ‘angled, sloping mass table top’ suggests a sense of ‘precariousness’, with the interconnecting supporting rods representing tribes assisting in creating the vast network of wells.
Felicity exhibited her work at 100% Design – and we can’t wait to see what else she has to show in the future.