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Design Hunter™ Q+A with Surya Graf

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:

1) Nendo

2) Bouroullec Brothers

3) Wes Anderson

Your favourite….

Car/bike/plane/boat model:

I have always loved the 1960 Volvo P1800, but my favourite mode of transport at the moment is my Colossi road bike.

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

Vice: Coffee

Virtue: Honesty

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.


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