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Sue Chen
Interior Design 
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Andreu World Design Competition Entry

This table is a unique blend of traditional Chinese interlocking joinery techniques, Japanese shou sugi ban, and the Australian native grevillea flower. 

Using time honoured craftsmen techniques, it is purely, simply, timber. Only sustainably sourced timber, and even reclaimed timber or offcuts, with no nails or screws, only natural oils, stains. The artful application of fire to ‘singe’ the outer layers for protection is a visual reminder that even charred wood serves a purpose.  


In nature, life continues to find a way. After a bushfire, the Australian native landscape is renewed with diverse growth from the seeds lying dormant under the topsoil. So, under the charred tray table is a clean (or reclaimed) timber table top with the burned imprint of Australian native grevillea flower.


Assembled like a 3D jigsaw puzzle, using techniques that have stood the test of time, it can be disassembled and repaired endlessly. Longevity is the key to sustainability, and a reminder of the wonder of nature and why we must protect it. 

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