In amongst the local architecture and design industry, there is a lot of reference to the intersection of art and architecture. And why not, it’s an inspiring thought and a positive attitude towards symbiotic collaboration. But while some people say, others do. Brisbane-based design studio Luxxbox, lead by founder and creative director Jason Bird, have recently unveiled the GOMA Chair.
The GOMA chair was designed specifically for the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and now takes centre stage surrounding the tables at the acclaimed GOMA Restaurant.
Jason and the team identified Hoop Pine timber, an unsung hero not used widely enough in furniture production, as the material to run with for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, Luxxbox needed to respect the brief for a site-specific design and continue the theme of local design: the Queensland Art Gallery engaging a Brisbane-based studio who then utilise a pine native to the area. “The process of creating this unique chair has been a great collaborative project with QAGOMA. It’s resulted in a quintessentially Queensland product – from material and creative design, through to manufacture and installation,” says Jason.
Secondly, Queensland Hoop Pine is 100 per cent plantation-grown and one of the world’s best-managed timber resources, according to Jason Bird. In fact, Luxxbox has been incorporating Hoop Pine into its designs for many years.
With optional residential or hospitality applications, the GOMA chair was designed, prototyped and built at the Luxxbox studio and factory in Brisbane. “While the chair might look like a simple timber form, its complexity lies in ensuring it offers durational comfort to the diner,” says Jason.
Tried and tested, Habitus can absolutely ascertain that a long lunch after a thought-provoking exhibition, or dinner parties with friends and family that extend well into the night, are well catered to with the GOMA Chair.
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