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.
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:
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.