From the Atelier by FORM
When FORM’s Midland Atelier opened in 2008 it caused quite the stir. The coverage that its Pattern Workshop studio received was extensive and the names associated with it made everyone take notice. Five years on and the names may have changed but the studio is still producing furniture and lighting of the highest calibre. By Leanne Amodeo.
In a fitting tribute to these designers FORM celebrates the Atelier’s fifth anniversary with a suite of three exhibitions curated by Andrew Nicholls and Kara Pinakis. From the Atelier occupies the intimate front gallery of the organisation’s Murray Street offices. Of the three exhibitions it is the one with broadest appeal.
It couldn’t be possible to walk into From the Atelier and not be drawn to at least one of the designs on show. From Henry Pilcher’s exquisite Block 2 light to Penny Forlano’s gem-like Terrain side table each work is a study in precision, craftsmanship and refined detail. Nicholls and Pinakis have chosen well.
Where the curators are to be truly commended is in the exhibition’s layout. Their curatorial approach is light-handed and they simply let the works speak for themselves. It’s a real treat to see these designs up close but also in such close proximity to each other.
Daniel Stewart Hood’s RGB Stool proves he’s a name to watch and Nick Statham’s La Lyonnaise chaise lounge reinforces his design mastery. But the real highlight of From the Atelier is Adam Cruickshank’s Plexus light. This custom piece spans one wall of the gallery and its branch-like pattern is simply stunning. It’s easy to imagine it working well in any interior because of its seamless integration in this particular space.
The eight designers represented in this exhibition are either past or current designers-in-residence of the Midland Atelier. Their association with its studio has contributed to its fine reputation and shone the spotlight on Western Australia’s thriving design culture. Whoever follows in their footsteps will be keeping good company. Here’s to the next five years.
From the Atelier
Aam Cruickshank, Guy Eddington, Penelope Forlano, Daniel Stewart Hood, Tim Leaversuch, Andrew Nicholls, Henry Pilcher, Nick Statham
357 Murray Street, Perth
14 June – 14 September 2013