Wall Pods, 2016
       
     
 Photo by Prue Hazelgrove
       
     
 Photo by Prue Hazelgrove
       
     
 Exhibition: Make/Shift, 2016 at Designcraft, Canberra  Photo by Saini Copp
       
     
 Exhibition: Make/Shift, 2016 at Descigncraft, Canberra  Photo by Saini Copp
       
     
Wall Pods, 2016
       
     
Wall Pods, 2016

American walnut, Tasmanian blackwood, rock maple, kangaroo leather, wool felt.

These Wall Pods are an investigation into the ways in which furniture and objects can be used to provide users with emotional comfort and promote wellbeing. The aim is to encourage user interaction in a more intimate and playful way; offering refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, an opportunity for self-reflection, and reduced stress and anxiety levels.

Inspired by barnacle shells, these Wall Pods are a type of playful wall storage system. Similar to a vide poche, the pods can be used for storing small objects such as keys, coins, phones, wallets etc. The primary function, however, is to comfort the user through form, colour and tactility – as the upholstered interiors of the Wall Pods hug the hand of the user, they are encouraged to reflect on feelings of comfort and safety.

The life cycle of a barnacle – from floating freely in its larval stage, to permanently attaching to an object or base – is here seen as a metaphor for the human need for connection and attachment. Similarly, in the way barnacles and other sea creatures find shelter and refuge within their shells, so too should the user. The barnacle forms here extend themes of security, safety, exploration and contemplation.

Photo by Jeremy Brown

 Photo by Prue Hazelgrove
       
     

Photo by Prue Hazelgrove

 Photo by Prue Hazelgrove
       
     

Photo by Prue Hazelgrove

 Exhibition: Make/Shift, 2016 at Designcraft, Canberra  Photo by Saini Copp
       
     

Exhibition: Make/Shift, 2016 at Designcraft, Canberra

Photo by Saini Copp

 Exhibition: Make/Shift, 2016 at Descigncraft, Canberra  Photo by Saini Copp
       
     

Exhibition: Make/Shift, 2016 at Descigncraft, Canberra

Photo by Saini Copp