Design Hunter™ Q+A with Tate Anson

Our second Design Hunter in the Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award series is Melbourne-based Tate Anson, creator of beautiful timber objects.

17 Jan 2013

Your name: Tate Anson

What you do: Industrial designer – Furniture design/maker

Your latest project: Stretched Timber lighting range

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

     1)  Oki Sato/Nendo

     2)  David Attenborough

     3)  My Parents 

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: 1969 Mustang 

Chair model: Thonet, bentwood chairs

Residential space: My home – it’s nothing special but… home is home.

Commercial space: Half Moon restaurant/bar, Brighton Melbourne.

Decorative product: Juicy Salif

Functional product: My Grandparents’ (now in my house) octagonal 1950’s laminex and chrome dining table.

Handmade good: A fabric from Mexico, (witnessed the wool spun into yarn, dyed with plant extracts and woven on a hand loom).

Mass-produced good: The Zippo lighter

meal: Anything with bacon

restaurant: A little dumpling place in Foshan China… (Attended at least once a day while on exchange at Foshan University).

drink: Coffee.. without doubt.

bar: The Workshop Bar – (across the road from uni… it was regularly frequented)

item in your studio: A comfy armchair… my thinking seat… or procrastination seat… depending on the day.

piece of technology: Smart Phone

historical figure: Leonardo Da Vinci

fictional character: Sterling Archer

vice: Survivor – my trash TV guilty pleasure

virtue: Loyalty, and inquisitiveness.. Although sometimes the latter gets me into trouble

What would you do with the $5000 prize for winning the Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award? Tools and equipment for studio… love getting new toys to play and experiment with new processes and techniques.

If you could have anything from the Temple & Webster Catalogue, what would it be? I really love Danish timber furniture so the Danish inspired Scarlett unit, with minimal ornamentation, the beautiful tambour doors and its simple features would look right at home in my house.

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? To me the term design hunter is someone who seeks to uncover the most interesting, innovative and inspiring designed objects.; be it from scouring the internet, boutique stores, attending design events and even fossicking through garage sales or opp shops, a design hunter has an eye that can spot excellent design no matter what era, price or origin of the product.

To learn more about the nominated designer for the Temple & Webster Emerging Designer Award and place your vote, visit templeandwebster.com.au/eda.

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