Outee

date designed 2010

We are excited to present Outee – a range of furniture we are currently developing at Studio Sam.

Outee was initiated to address real needs, in particular the challenges of urban growth.  It was designed with micro-scale spaces in mind. The compact design and adaptability of the modules provide a spatial solution where floor space is limited.

The Furniture Module offers several functions simply by rotating it – a table and chair, a bar stool, a bench or a high table.

The Planter can be rotated to provide 2 different pot sizes for a variety of plants and / or stages of maturity.

Outee is suitable both outdoors and indoors.

It would be ideal for small outdoor spaces such as balconies.  Outee would also sit comfortably in bookshops, breakout spaces, kids bedrooms and the like.  Its flexibility would earn it high praise at  galleries, resorts, cafes, libraries, universities and schools.

The design of Outee was proudly supported through a Creative Sparks Grant, a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

materials UV resistant recyclable polyethylene

colours a variety of neutral and bright colours.

price POA.   Please contact Studio Sam.

photography Mindi Cooke

Booksmith Range

The Booksmith Range, as the name would suggest, is made from discarded books.  Each item is an original and is hand-crafted using traditional bookbinding skills.

The Range responds to social concerns with regard to the environment. Most obviously the products are made from pre-loved books.  They are functional and the design is intended to challenge our throw-away society.  Each item is made locally in Australia using locally sourced books and traditional bookbinding techniques. The Booksmith Range was developed around Bookscreen to minimise waste (ie so all parts of the book are used).

The range includes the Mini Bookscreens (made from the hard back covers), the Siena Bookblock Tables (made from the pages), the Dust Jacket Gift Cards (made from the original Dust Jackets), the Booksmith Swing tags (utilising pages), the Notebooks and the associated notepads (made from various parts of the book).

Bookscreen

Date initial mock-up 2005.

Description Bookscreen is a flexible screen constructed from quality, used, hardback books. Each one is handmade, individual, an exploration into colour composition and builds on the qualities of the original books.  The screens are assembled using traditional book binding techniques.  The integrated book spines provide pliable hinges for the concertina screen. Each screen is given a Christian name.

Sizes Although each of the screens is unique and can be made to a specific size, they are available in four typical sizes:

mini (5 books. 5 books across and 1 book high).

low (18 books. 6 books across and 3 books high.  Approximately 550mm).

regular (48 books. 6 books across and 8 books high.  Approximately 1500mm high).

large (64 books. 8 books across and high.  Approximately 1500mm high).

Images

1. Large, 64 book Bookscreen (this one is ‘Ruby the Bookscreen’, made 2008.  Private commission).  Photo by Peter Bennetts.

2. Rear of ‘Ruby the Bookscreen’ with a low, 18 book Bookscreen in front (‘Helga the Bookscreen’, made 2007. Sold).  Photo by Peter Bennetts.

3. Regular, 48 book Bookscreen (this one is ‘Elliot the Bookscreen’, made 2008).  Photo by Peter Bennetts

4. ‘Elliot the Bookscreen’ with Siena the Bookblock Tables.  Photo by Peter Bennetts

5. Regular, 48 book Bookscreen (this one is ‘Paul the Bookscreen’, made 2006.  Private collection).  Photo by Simon Wood.

6. Regular, 48 book Bookscreen (this one is ‘Isabel the Bookscreen’, made 2009).  Photo by Sam Parsons.

7. Rear of Isabel the Bookscreen. Photo by Sam Parsons.

Colours The bold colours of the book covers provide an integral part of Bookscreen. Hard back books can be found in a range of colours and tones and can be arranged in a variety of ways including:

a spectrum of colours (for example ‘Isabel the Bookscreen’ incorporates a rainbow of colours spanning across the horizon from blue to red. The colours become darker as they get higher).

a gradation of a range of colours (for example ‘Elliot the Bookscreen’ and ‘Ruby the Bookscreen’).

a composition of colours (for example ‘Paul the Bookscreen’ who displays an abstract arrangement of blue, green and yellow).

Reverse The back of each screen is lined with pages from the books themselves; providing a subdued alternative for a change of character.

Application Bookscreen’s bold colours, simplicity and existing patina would add an element of personality to any interior. The taller screens would be an ideal privacy screen for reading, as a feature in corporate foyers, libraries, cafes or for delineating space and providing a haven in an open plan house.  The low and mini Bookscreen would provide an ideal privacy screen above or below a workstation.

Over time as traditional books are increasingly replaced by digital media the Bookscreens will provide cultural reminders for future generations on the tactile nature and beauty of handcrafted, traditional books.

Recognition Bookscreen has been recognised by several awards programs and has been widely published in Australia due to its sustainable attributes,  originality, colour and design. In 2008 ‘Paul the Bookscreen’ won a Premier’s (Victoria) Design Award and was awarded a prestigious Premier’s Design Mark.

Purchase details Bookscreens are limited edition pieces and typically made to order based on specific size and colour requirements.  Our experience has shown that consumers today are increasingly after more individuality and customisation.  Please contact Studio Sam for details.

Price available on application . The price of the screens depends on colour, size and the level of customisation required. 

Mini Bookscreen

Date 2008

Description Like the taller Bookscreen, the Mini Bookscreen is constructed from quality, used, hardback books. Each one is handmade using traditional book binding techniques.  Each screen is given a Christian name.

The Mini Bookscreen can be made in several different ways.  The screens can be made with books on both sides or alternatively the back of the screen can be lined with the pages from the books themselves.

Size typically 5 books across and 1 book high.  Custom sizes can be made.

Colours various (refer to notes for Bookscreen)

Application the Mini Bookscreen would provide an ideal privacy screen above or below a workstation.  The mini screen would also provide an intriguing table centrepiece.

Purchase details available from selected stockists.

Price available on application . The price of the screens depends on colour, size, the construction method and the level of customisation required.

Photos by Sam Parsons

Siena the Bookblock Table

Date 2007

Description Siena is made from the pages of discarded books.  The original bookblock (ie the block of pages) provides the backbone to the table.  No glue is required during Siena’s construction. Each item is an original and is hand-crafted by Sam herself.  The resulting forms are surprisingly sturdy.

Sizes Siena is available in three typical sizes: Tall Siena the Bookblock Table (310 to 395mm high), Standard Siena (210 to 305mm high) and Mini Siena (less than 210mm high).

Themes The possible themes are endless.  Some popular themes in the past have included: cooking, gardening, Australia, travel, the world, the universe, artworks, photography, butterflies, children’s books or a specific colour.

Images

1. Siena detail shot (Australian artists theme).  Photo by Sam Parsons

2. Cluster of Sienas (1 tall and 2 standard. Mixed theme).  Photo by Peter Bennetts

3. Siena detail shot (atlas theme).  Photo by Matt Moore

4. Cluster of Sienas (1 tall and 2 standard. Mixed theme).  Photo by Sam Parsons

5. Standard Siena the Bookblock Table (coloured internal pages).  Photo by Sam Parsons

6. Mini Sienas (flower theme).  Photo by Sam Parsons

Application The tall and standard Siena’s function as occasional tables, either individually or in clusters.  They can be used with or without a tray / plate / glass / book sitting on top (whatever you have at home).

Alternatively Siena makes for an interesting sculptural feature sitting on a table, mantle or shelf.  They provide a great talking point as a table centre piece at a dinner party or function.

links tomorrow exhibition, commissions

Purchase details Siena the Bookblock Table is a limited edition piece and available from several stockists throughout Australia.  Alternatively Siena can be made to order based on specific size and theme requirements.  Please contact Studio Sam for details.

dust jacket gift cards

Date designed 2008

Range part of the Booksmith Range

Description hand-made blank giftcards utilising the original dust jackets left over after the construction of Bookscreens.  Each card is an original.  Various titles, themes, styles, topics, and colours. A small selection of the cards we have previously made are shown.

Sizes vary (depending on the dust jacket) upto 160mm wide x 220mm high (to fit into a C5 envelope).  Larger cards are available if required.

Envelope C5 100% recycled post consumer waste (kraft paper)

Photography Samantha Parsons

Large Dust Jacket Cards

Date designed 2008

Range part of the Booksmith Range

Description hand-made blank giftcards utilising the original dust jackets left over after the construction of Siena the Bookblock Tables.  Each card is an original.

Various titles, themes, styles, topics, and colours. A small selection of the cards we have previously made are shown (please note the ‘Clem’ card in the centre is a standard size Dust Jacket Gift Card and is shown for size comparison).

Sizes vary depending on the dust jacket.

Envelope 100% recycled post consumer waste (kraft paper).  Size to suit.

Photography Samantha Parsons

Stockists please contact Studio Sam

Booksmith Gift Tags

Date designed 2008

Range part of the Booksmith Range

Description hand-made gifttags utilising the original pages left over after the construction of Bookscreens, Siena’s and other Booksmith products.  Each card is an original.  Various themes, styles and colours. A small selection of the cards we have previously made are shown.

Sizes typically 105mm long x 59mm wide

Photography Samantha Parsons

blueprints range

date February 2009

description an Australian designed and produced, limited edition range of wall plates created in collaboration between Cindy-Lee Davis of Lightly and Samantha Parsons of Studio Sam.

The design builds on Studio Sam’s Betty Blue Range.  A narrative is created through the application of circular motifs. An additional layer is applied to some plates through a process of watercutting.

The plates can be purchased individually, allowing Collectors to make up their own personal sets.

award Home Beautiful, Product of the Year 2009, Home Accessory

size 8 inch

materials china plates with silver rim

designs Blossom Blue, Billy Blue or Beatrice Blue

price and stockists All enquiries and orders to Lightly

photos Lightly

family of sam

Family of Sam is the brand name for the diverse range of products designed by Samantha Parsons.

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