Maison&Objet Rising talents - Lab De Stu

Maison&Objet Rising talents – Lab De Stu

 

Maison&Objet have presented Melbourne design collective Lab De Stu with the Rising Talent Award, with the group set to exhibit at the Singapore fair in March 2016.

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Lab De Stu is a design studio made up of three individuals – Adam Lynch, Dale Hardiman and Andre Hnatojko – who each run their own practices under the uniform banner. Lab De Stu’s work crosses disciplines and brings together each designer’s own distinct aesthetic to form a multi-faceted organisation.

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Adam’s individual projects are minimalized everyday items, brought down to the basics to enhance appreciation of the piece’s form. An example of this is his ‘TBC1’ chair, a product in a growing line of seating. The tube chair features sleek tubing with a basic leather hide seat, the leather allowing one to make their own individual imprint on the piece, subject to its use.

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Focusing strongly on materials and their source, Dale’s work features distinctive textures, as seen in ‘polly’ – a range of homewares created with standard kitchen utensils and coloured pigment manipulated throughout.  Texture is however nowhere as apparent as in Dale’s ‘kids straw stool,’ a biodegradable three footed stool made from pea straw and grass seeds, a curious design that intelligently accounts for how quickly children grow out of things.

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Meanwhile, Hnatojko’s works cross contaminate different design approaches to produce a collection of futuristic and varied lighting solutions. ‘CUP’ is a clean light shade which combines geometry with a sphere for a contemporary and eye-catching piece. Contrastingly, the ‘copper popper’ is a bold statement piece made from pure copper, hand finished to leave a stunning shine, reflective of the light it shelters.

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