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Silky Oak

The Museum of Brisbane presents Silky Oak, a celebration of the special qualities of a timber loved by Queenslanders.

Silky Oak


April 29th, 2009

This exhibition explores Silky Oak’s special place in the history, culture and environment of the surrounding region. Historical items are displayed alongside a series of contemporary furniture pieces by four Brisbane designers focusing on the qualities of this unique material.

Greg Gilmour, Creative Director of the Brisbane studio Red DESIGN, produced the work Silky Carbon, a high-tech kevla table. He says that “silky oak has unique decorative qualities which bring a playfulness and exuberance to the end product”.

Surya Graf graduated with the university medal from Griffith University and has designed products for major projects throughout Australia and internationally. His contribution to the display is Weave, a seating and table system.

Luis Nheu is a furniture designer and Director of interior design at Brand + Slater Architects in Brisbane. His creation is the handmade cabinet Silky Trap, which highlights the dense and even grain of the timber.

Brian Steendÿk runs the multi-disciplinary design practice Steendyk, based in Brisbane, whose work has been exhibited in Milan, Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and Taipei. His design is the unique lighting suite Yhi, inspired by Silky Oak’s flower.

This exhibition is on display now until 12 July 2009 on the ground floor of Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane.



Hero Image: Brian Steendÿk with ’Yhi’

Surya Graf’s ’Weave’



Surya Graf: a work in progress



Greg Gilmour



Luis Nheu

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