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Tasmanian Design Award in 2017


2016 Tasmanian Design Award – Winner Sustainability in Veneer

Designer: Scott van Tuil


The design for the O-Bench was driven by a desire to explore uses for a locally available, responsibly harvested, source of Tasmanian Eucalypt veneer produced by Ta Ann Tasmania.
Made possible by the availability of 5-axis CNC router technology, the O-Bench successfully marries simplicity and complexity to create a form which tells the story of its materiality and place.
It’s function as a bench seat is achieved by creating a monocoque (self-supporting) structure. This structure is often used in boat building, and references Tasmania’s maritime heritage. Despite the absence of any internal structure, the bench comfortably allows seating for 4 adults, and would make a striking addition to any commercial or residential space.
Available with a variety of face veneers, the bench pictures is finished in Tasmanian Blackwood.  Size: 2200 x 460 x 460mm

About the Designer: Scott van Tuil

Design is by nature optimistic; a better process; a different material; a new idea.

It is this constant process of search and discovery that makes design ever engaging and rewarding. By this definition, design is more than a career or a business; it is a way of seeing and being in the world.

I believe design at its best, is thoughtfully motivated by the real needs of real people and can genuinely make a positive difference to how we interact with our environments and with each other.

Whether it’s the table that becomes the gathering point for the family each day, or the surface that displays the objects that we treasure most, good design will have understood the human dimension and will positively influence the way we interact with our environments and with each other. It will celebrate and enrich everyday living.

I seek to create objects which are beautiful in their simplicity; stripping back the secondary in order to highlight what is primary.

This unique island place of Tasmania is where I was born and where I continue to practise. It continues to shape and influence me, my thinking, and the work I create.


Photo Credit: Images supplied by Peter Whyte Studio.

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