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I have worked in the advertising industry in planning and creativity for more than twenty years. The job included travelling to different countries and exposure to different cultures. Two years ago I decided to come back Australia with my wife to follow at the end of year. I have been living away from my wife and family as the COVID pandemic have made overseas travel impossible.
I have been very lucky that Holmesglen accepted me as a furniture design student. I have since put in more than 100% effort using my worldwide experience and creativity into designing and making furniture. This coffee table is the very first piece of my creative collection. The idea for the coffee table comes form Greek Mythology. The Pleiades were the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas. He was forced to hold up the sky for eternity, and was therefore unable to protect his seven daughters - thus Zeus transformed them into seven stars. I further imagined that seven tears from them created seven raindrops falling from the sky.
Due to the uncertainty of COVID lockdown, people are spending a lot of time at home more than ever before. The look, feel and functionality of your living space is more important than ever. People need inspirations and stories to integrate into their living spaces so that they can appreciate them. For example, a piece of furniture should not be something they get tired of. It should be a piece that lasts and can ignite their passion for life. So I transform a Greek myth into a contemporary and functional coffee table. To appreciate this coffee table, it is most important to feel the ripples and feel the sadness from the seven daughters and their love for their father.
IMAGE > Anthony Yang, 7 teardrops, 2021, recycled pine and Tasmanian oak, 40 x 170 x 110 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
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Design to me is something to connect with people and nature – lock down in my small apartment alone was really hard to start with. Then I started to refocus again and looked at places I have been to in my photo archive and that became my source of inspiration.
The difficulty is that my apartment is so small and there’s really limited space to test out ideas. So, I am using a lot of small rotatory tools to make small scale models to test the ideas. The good thing is that I can focus a lot on the details that I would normally miss.
I only have one bedroom and the living room is my studio now :)
The scale model of my new chair - due to the lockdown I can’t work in the studio, so I make use of the Alfoil to make one :)
My food routine is eating healthy and simple as I can: - red capsicum salad. Simply chopped them and mix with olive oil, rocket leaves and some air fried salmon, seasoned with pepper and salt.
IMAGES [Top to bottom] > All images courtesy of the artist. Recipe image source: unsplash.
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