We are delighted to see this article about Pam King and Jeff Phillips featured in Australian Wood Review. Special thanks to Larry Ciccarello, who photographed these works at Project Contemporary Art Space in Wollongong.
Creative partnership yields ‘furniture-art’
When artist, Pamela King, started working with fine furniture-maker, Jeff Phillips, we knew something fun and vibrant was in store.
The resulting ‘furniture-art’ combines the functionality of timber furniture with the beauty and warmth of textile design. Together, Pam and Jeff created three distinctive pieces: a sideboard, a hall-light and a wall hanging.
The clean lines and flawless design are reminiscent of Scandinavian furniture. But the organic irregularity of the bamboo and the softening quality of the silk suggest a Japanese influence.
Pam’s use of colour is vivacious and uplifting, with interwoven silk and sheer fabric, raw edges, metallic ribbon and natural fibres.
Jeff used feature-grade blackbutt with a matt finish and simple mitre joints. The rich honey-colour of the timber complements the fabrics and the warm lighting achieves a subtle effect.
‘The demand for unique pieces of designer furniture is steadily increasing,’ said Pam, ‘as a focal-point for home living spaces as well as meeting rooms and foyers of workplaces.’
‘Our initial inspiration for this range was the foyer of iAccelerate,’ said Pam, referring to a new building on the Innovation Campus of the University of Wollongong. ‘The high ceilings and industrial architecture is ideal for vibrant colours and interesting shapes.’
Pam is Creative Director of Urban Timber. She has worked in textiles and fine-arts for over twenty years, and exhibited in Wollongong and Sydney. Her warm and colourful creations reflect her positive, bubbly personality and generous spirit.
Jeff’s industry experience spans 30 years. He’s spent as much of that time teaching as he has creating fine furniture in his studio. He combines traditional hand-crafting tools with precision machining to produce high quality furniture and household objects to last a lifetime. He is currently working with Urban Timber, but also exhibits his own creations at selected furniture galleries in NSW, including the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery near Canberra.
‘I really enjoyed working with Pam on this project,’ said Jeff. ‘We developed concept sketches together and built a prototype of the sideboard to nut out problems and visualise the finished piece.’