Local design and fabrication skills will be on show at the most prestigious international event on the architectural calendar, the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Sixteen chairs, designed by Elliat Rich and fabricated by Aboriginal employees in the Centre for Appropriate Technology’s Enterprise Workshop, have been chosen for display in Australia’s exhibition, The Pool, which explores Australian architecture, landscape, culture and identity through our unique connection to pools. Stories around a number of the Northern Territory’s natural pools as well as swimming pools in remote communities feature as part of the exhibition.
The chairs, titled Anerle-Aneme, build on an earlier successful collaboration between Rich and the workshop in the design and fabrication of the 1888 Benches, public seating installed as part of the Todd Mall upgrade. Anerle-Aneme means ‘sit a little while’ in Arrernte.
The chairs are made of steel and feature a slatted seat and back rest, powder coated in four colours resonant of the central Australia landscape – blue, ochre, green and grey – and framed in black. Designed for style, comfort and outdoor resilience, the chairs will be placed poolside in Australia’s new pavilion in Venice at the Biennale and on the open deck.
“The use of durable materials, a contemporary design aesthetic and local fabrication are a good indication of what kind of product we might see more of in the future” says Rich (pictured at Elbowrkshp in Hele Crescent).