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Craft Victoria presents four emerging maker designers as part of this year’s DENFAIR, Front / Centre – ceramicist Jack Balfour, wood turner and photographer Makiko Ryujin , furniture designer Olive Gill-Hille and designer Adrian Olasau will showcase their work across this three day trade fair.

Denfair is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design for professional designers, architects, interior stylists and design-lovers. This year will take place over the 20 - 22 June at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Front / Centre is proudly supported by the DIA, FAB9, Spicers, Schiavello and Green Magazine in partnership with Craft ACT, Craft Victoria, JamFactory and Workshopped together with the Australian Design Centre.

Adrian Olasau

Adrian’s work is a fusion of craftsmanship and refined minimalism. He is passionate about exploring the boundaries of what is possible in wood, as can be seen in his GH Bike Rack. Adrian is a traditionally trained furniture designer/maker graduating from the prestigious Sturt School for Wood, taking out the Top New Talent award. Adrian’s subtle user-focused design aims to create sustainable furniture to enhance our daily life. —


Jack Balfour

Jack Balfour is a potter, maker and designer, completing his Honours in Industrial Design at Monash University this year. He produces unique wheel-thrown collections in porcelain, with a focus on refined objects of beauty and function. Jack explores the severity of form accentuated by beautiful surfaces and subtle patterns, creating groupings to orchestrate an interplay of contours and bursts of colour. —


Makiko Ryujin

Makiko Ryujin is a wood turner and photographer who is based in a new studio in Fawkner. Born in Aizu Wakamatsu in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, she grew up in Takasaki, in Gumma, before spending one year of high school in Jakarta, Indonesia, and finishing her studies in Melbourne, Australia. Makiko then completed a Bachelor of Photography degree at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her current photography work aligns with her dual career as a wood turner, as she is now primarily photographing the work of other artists and designers. —


Olive Gill-Hille

Olive Gill-Hille is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Originally from Perth, WA, Olive relocated to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Fine Art (2015) specialising in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts, during this time she became interested in the utilitarian element of furniture and wanted to apply conceptual thinking to practical objects, this lead to undertaking the Associate Degree of Furniture Design at RMIT (2018). Olive aims to create pieces that transform furniture, traditionally static and practical objects, into involved and unconventional works of art. The designer’s experimental structures often reference the human body, bodies supporting bodies, and adapt shapes and forms from the natural environment into man-made objects. —

Later Event: June 25
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