Melbourne offers a plethora of inspiration for artist, object maker and furniture designer, Tim Fleming.
June 30th, 2009
They say you’re a product of your environment, and that’s lucky for Melbourne-based Tim Fleming, who has some of the most cultural, historic and beautiful sights of the city at his doorstep.
Both public and personal environments provide Fleming with the creative fuel that inspires his art and products, which will also featured at this year’s Saturday in Design in Sydney.
This article appears in Issue 04 of Habitus, on sale now. Photography by James Geer.
Designer Tim Fleming must enjoy one of the most picturesque vistas in Melbourne. His studio, in the Nicholas building, overlooks the worn copper dome on Flinders Street Station.
With views over St.Kilda Road and the Royal Botanical Gardens beyond, Fleming’s modest studio (approximately six by eight metres) feels considerably grander. “It’s not just the view. This building is full of artists and designers. It’s a great community,” says Fleming.
Simply furnished with a 1950s lounge and a kitchen bench from the same period, Fleming’s studio features a work bench at one end and a desk and chair at the other. A few built-in shelves showcase Fleming’s work under the label ‘Flatland OK’, which he began four years ago.
The ‘OK Hand Mirror’ is constructed with layers of plywood behind a mirrored silhouette of a hand. On the shelf are also miniature ‘Shadow of Darkness’ figures are made from black acrylic. One ‘cut-out’ is a figure of a woman with a hawk on her shoulder.
Another is a set of three wolves. “You can arrange them to create a scene on your mantelpiece. Or you can put them in your pocket as lucky charms,” says Fleming.
Read the rest of this article in Habitus 04, out now.
Two Hands at Saturday in Design
See Fleming’s Two Hands experiment when you visit Intermain at Saturday in Design, and go into the draw to win one of four Hand Miniatures.
Intermain will be temporarily located at the PYD Warehouse in the PYD Building during Saturday in Design, where you will also be able to explore products from Arthur G, ISM Objects, James Richardson, Sebel Furniture and Tait Furniture. As well, wander through the event showrooms permanently located in the PYD Building including Arte Sofas, De Poortere, Koda Lighting, Rogerseller, The Country Trader and Designer Rugs.
Saturday in Design is a two-day event for the architecture and design community, taking place in Sydney on Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August 2009.
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