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Simon Ancher "Life Specifics" the human scale

Start Date

11 Aug 2011 12:30 pm


School of Visual and Performing Arts

Simon Ancher  "Life Specifics" the human scale.

In previous investigations Simon's design studio has converted the ubiquitous milk crate into a high end designer stool, recycled landfill into public seating statements, and is currently researching the cultural and historic potential of resurrecting an entire congregation of 1857 church pews and joinery items into a contemporary collection of new works. Through creative exploration, community consultation and research the aim is to increase awareness through designs that focus on the specifics of life [need], demonstrate empathy with and enhance former and future lives simultaneously.

Simon Ancher has established a considerable reputation as one of Tasmania’s most exciting early career designers. His participation in numerous group shows, including Young Designers Month 2004 and 2005 and Design Island (Object touring show, 2006) have won acclaim. His Plied Rocker won the Premier’s Prize for Best in Show at DeFT 2006 Biennial and was acquired for the Design Forum Tasmania. He recently received international accolades in the digital magazine DesignBoom for his new SCW: Stool, Crate, Wood stool. Simon’s design style is also shaping a new generation of Tasmanian designers through his current role as Director of the UTAS Australian School of Fine Furniture.

ArtsForum: Simon Ancher