Marie Beswick at work in her Out of the Woods Designs workshop at Nana Glen.
Marie Beswick at work in her Out of the Woods Designs workshop at Nana Glen.

Out of the Woods and over The Edge



MARIE Beswick and her Continuum table will join 39 other furniture designers from Australia and overseas in Sydney next weekend as a finalist in The Edge 2007 design awards and innovation showcase.

The Edge is held in conjunction with the Australian International Furniture Fair.

The Nana Glen-based furniture designer, who completed the TAFE Furniture Design course at Coffs Harbour only a year ago, will be competing against well-known designers.

Light and delicate in execution, her Continuum table uses flooded gum timber, aluminium rods and glass to create an emphatic design which plays with interlinking forms.

Ms Beswick said the design came from her interest in the looping shapes found in the work of designers from the 1940s and their use of chrome, combined with the modern use of circuitry.

"When you first see it, it is a 'sharp' shape, but the eye finds the flow quite quickly," she said.

Marie Beswick has established her own design studio, Out of the Woods Designs, but says it is not easy becoming known and gaining commissions, while few galleries have space to display furniture.

Female furniture designers are relatively uncommon, but Marie Beswick, who has a professional background in social work, said she had always appreciated pieces of fine woodwork and had 'done DIY in a low key way'.

Marie decided to enrol in the furniture design course when she had moved back to Australia from the UK three years ago.

She likes the combination of design and hard physical work in the quest for excellence, with timber her main material.

"I try to use local timbers, which I feel are somewhat undervalued, but I quite often use mixed materials," she said.

The Australian International Furniture Fair and The Edge 2007 is held in the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour from February 7 to 9.



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