Design Hunter™ Q+A with Surya Graf
To support Temple & Webster's Emerging Designer Award Habitusliving is profiling three of the nominated designers as Design Hunters™. This week we catch up with Brisbane-based industrial designer Surya Graf to hear about his design favourites.
Name: Surya Graf
What you do: Industrial Design
Latest Project: Cambus Wallace – a new boutique rum bar on the Gold Coast.
Three people that inspire/excite you:
3) Wes Anderson
Chair Model: The last chair that I actually bought for myself was the Chair 1 by Konstantin Grcic.
Residential Space: Home
Commercial Space: I really like what Aesop are currently doing with their retail spaces. The fact that each store is customised for each location is a great iniative.
Decorative Product: Naoto Fukasawa – ceramic bowls
Functional Product: Knives and forks are one of the most necessary functional objects in our everyday lives, but are often taken for granted. One of my favourite cutlery sets is the New York series by Georg Jensen.
Handmade Good: Hard Graft – wallets and bags
Mass-Produced Good: My favourite pieces of mass produced industrial design are velcro and the zip tie.
Meal: Pretty hard to beat french toast with poached peaches and crème fresh on a Sunday morning.
Restaurant: St. Elmo
Drink: Yamazaki on Ice
Bar: The End
Item in your studio: Ping Pong Table
Piece of technology: 3D Printer
Historical figure: Leonardo Da Vinci
Fictional character: Yoda
What would you do with the $5000 prize for winning the Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award? I think that I would most likely invest the prize into a 3D printer or possibly a small-scale laser cutter. It would be an incredible opportunity to be able to prototype and develop products to this level within my own studio space.
If you could have anything from the Temple & Webster Catalogue, what would it be? A selection of hand printed textiles and rugs. There is some great stuff to choose from.
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’™ mean to you? Always being on the lookout for new and interesting ways to do things.
To learn more about the nominated designer for the Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award and place your vote, visit templeandwebster.com.au/eda.