Inside the Designer’s Studio – Max Harper

On this edition of “Inside the Designer’s Studio” we had the pleasure to chat with Max Harper, the mind behind the Corker Light Series.

Sydney born and raised, Max’s designs were discovered by Luxmy in Milan earlier this year, we have since then started this collaboration and recently launched his amazing series of lights at Sydney Indesign 2015.

Max’s interview is inspirational and unpretentious. A must read.

1) Tell us a bit about you.

I was born and raised in Sydney, after some initially studying  drafting, I decided to go to RMIT to study industrial design where I kept my head down and ended up being a finalist for the prestigious graduate of the year award (GOTYA).

During my time at university I was lucky enough to do an exchange program in Foshan China, a large southern manufacturing hub. The time spent there really changed my perspective. So after I graduated I moved to Guangzhou a large city near Foshan, and spent a couple of years there working in 3D interactive design.

After seeing a colleague of mine do really well in Milan I wondered if that was a possibility for me so I came back to Sydney and have been doing lighting ever since.

I’ve been lucky enough to land an award at Melbourne Fringe Furniture for my Corker series in 2014, from that success I was invited to show in Milan as a part of Melbourne Movement. Melbourne Movement is a collective started by Kjell Grant to showcase Melbourne trained emerging designers in Milan during design week.

I’m currently doing projects with Australian manufacturers, as well as developing my own products and brand.

2) How did you get into design?

When I was younger I always thought I would be an architect, I ended up studying drafting and worked for an engineering firm and found out what the construction industry was all about and realised that it really wasn’t for me. I always had affinity for furniture and for products so I’d thought I’d give industrial design a go and I haven’t looked back since.

3) What would you be if not a designer?

It would be hard to think as myself as anything else, I’m quite technical so I believe I would dedicate my time to finding out how to do other things other than products and processes work.

4)  How would you describe your workspace?

It’s a little crowded, it’s a desk at home which changes roles depending on what I’m doing. I do concept development work there so I keep my sketchbook, computer for all my detailing, my 3D printer for mould making , lots of silicone and resin casting supplies.

5) What’s your favourite City and why?

My favourite city would be Hong Kong. I’ve been there about a dozen times after living in China for a couple of years. It really is a vibrant city of ultra-convenience where everything works, locals are friendly and there is always something new to discover. When you get tired of the city it’s really easy to get out and explore nature.

6) What advice would you give to a younger you?

I would tell myself that the KISS principle is golden, and try to work smart not hard.

7)  What gets you excited?

Innovative Eco-Materials.

8)  What turns you off?

6000K or cool daylight LED light globes.

9) What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of rain on a tin roof, the house I grew up in has a tin roof and I used to love falling asleep when it was raining.

10) What sound or noise do you hate?

The sound of my alarm in the morning, and waking up to that sound.

11) What’s your favourite word?

Fastidious – for me it’s fun to say, and I love its meaning.

12) What’s your least favourite word?

Congeal – it just conjures up graphic visualizations for me.

13) If you have to wake up in someone else’s body, who that person would be?

(Does anyone have a good answer to this question?)

The assistant of Marc Newson, I probably wouldn’t want the stress of running his studio but rather be an onlooker and see how the projects develop as an outsider.

 

 

 

Sydney Indesign – Event Wrap Up

So much happened at our showroom during Sydney Indesign 2015.

From a fun and exciting photo booth to an engaging and meaningful DQ talk (hosted by Luxmy Furniture) where we discussed the future of authentic design and the problem of replicas on the Australian market, to an amazing wrap up party that brought those 2 days to a perfect end.

Our guests started the Saturday Indesign morning with insights and ideas on how we move forward to solve the problem of replicas that is eminent on the Australian market. Our panel consisted of House Rules judge Joe Snell, award winning designer Charles Wilson, Senior Design Examiner for IP Australia Oliver Bennet and a few more special guests. It was an one hour light-hearted discussion where different concerns were raised and diverse points of view were discussed, making it interesting and memorable.

Our photo booth was heaps of fun!

As part of The Project for Sydney Indesign, the Hill Street Precinct exhibitors (including Luxmy Furniture, Workshopped, Arthur G and Euroluce) teamed up with Design by Toko to create a visual protest on replica furniture. This was called the Hill Street Bonfire and was built by the students from the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Sydney Indesign’s Wrap Party rose the Whitehouse Institute of Design roof. Big names of the Design scene were reunited around the dance floor on the “The Industry’s most iconic bash”.

Luxmy hosted the Pre-Wrap Party in our pop up space:

Thank you to all who visited our showroom!

The Luxmy Furniture team.

Hill Street Bonfire

The Hill Street Precinct Project came together as part of Sydney Indesign  and as a collaboration of 4 amazing teams from Workshopped, Euroluce, Arthur G and Luxmy Furniture.

Like an unison of like-minded people seeking to make a valid statement on the problem of replicas, we’ve teamed up with the creative minds from Design by Toko and with the assistance of the Whitehouse Institute of Design, created a provoking statement in the shape of a 3.5 meters tall ‘Bonfire of Replicas’.

“It takes thousands of dollars and a huge amount of creativity and hard work to produce original design. After all the prototyping, tooling and marketing expenses involved in commercialisation, it is heartbreaking to see works from our collection and fellow local businesses ruthlessly ripped off with no respect for the designer or manufacturer involved in bringing that product to life. It’s time to take a stand!” says Priyanka Rao of Luxmy Furniture.

You can still visit the sculpture until the 23rd of August at 2 Short Street, Surry Hills – Sydney, NSW.

 

Future of Authentic Design

As part of Sydney Indesign, we will be hosting a DQ Round Table for a balanced and positive discussion on the problem of replicas and the solutions going forward.

Our star studded panel will consist of House Rules judge Joe Snell, Award winning designer Charles Wilson, Senior Design Examiner for IP Australia Kylie Murray and a few more special guests in a discussion moderated by Design Quartely Editor Sophia Watson.

Get your tickets today and join us Saturday the 15th of August at Whitehouse Institute of Design at 10am.

See you at Sydney Indesign!

Follow GECA Eco Trail to win $1,000

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) are Australia’s only independent, not for profit, multi sector eco labelling program. Here at Luxmy, we are proud to have many GECA Certified products.

This year GECA has partner with Sydney Indesign to reward visitors by encouraging them to getting to know more about the GECA certified exhibitors, it’s the GECA Eco Trail!

But the best is yet to come:

Visitors will stand a chance to win $1,000 to spend with us by, in 25 words or less, simply telling why we are your favourite GECA eco trail exhibitor.

Trekking has never been so fun!

Get trekking!

Luxmy Furniture at Sydney Indesign 2015

Sydney Indesign is happening and you can join us on this journey by visiting our pop up showroom at the Whitehouse Institute of Design – entry via 8 Hills Street.

Sydney Indesign’s extensive network of exhibitors takes over the city, forming a vivid constellation of iconic touch-points, spread across six major design precincts! Sydney Indesign’s showrooms are the real coup of the event, and it has never been easier to get amongst your favourite movers and shakers.
Buses running between Alexandria, Chippendale, Surry Hills, Redfern/Waterloo, Darlinghurst and Eveleigh to make it easy and simple for visitors to circulate among Sydney’s hero showrooms, and immerse themselves in the design culture of each prized location.

If those weren’t already good enough reasons to attend, the guys made it even more exciting for you by putting together a list of activities that are well worth to attend.

  • Educational Seminars:

Sydney Indesign’s 2015 Seminary Series is a three-tiered program of speaker sessions, which will see the design industry’s premiere thought leaders come together to discuss and debate the issues around workplace design, residential design and contemporary lifestyle, as well as the business of our industry.

Luxmy will be hosting a DQ talk on the Future of Authentic design. Our star studded panel consists of House Rules judge Joe Snell, Award winning designer Charles Wilson, Senior Design Examiner for IP Australia Kylie Murray and a few more special guests in a discussion moderated by DQ Editor Sophia Watson on Saturday 15th of August at 10am at Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Click here to reserve your seat.

  • Prizes! $30,000 worth of prizes…

This year, $30G’s of spectacular designer goods are up for grabs. All you need to do is: pre-register for the event via sydneyindesign.com.au and play some hot-spot bingo by visiting 10 of Sydney Indesign’s phenomenal showrooms during August 13-15! Too easy, right?

  • Not to mention the After-Party – Yes, you’ve heard it right!

For the first time in four years, Sydney Indesign is bringing back the industry’s most iconic bash! The Sydney Indesign After-Party returns, giving you a chance to let your hair down and rub shoulders with 500+ of Australian design’s most iconic players!

Want an invite? All you need to do is pre-register @ sydneyindesign.com.au and follow to prompts to secure your ticket.

See you at #SID15!

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