Dana from the design blog, Yellow Trace, interviewed Sam and asked a range of interesting questions including: What you are seeking to portray in your work? What is fundamental to your practice – your philosophy and your process? What are some of your methods to staying motivated, focused, and expressive? Apart from your work, what other interests or hobbies do you have? What is your most treasured belonging?

link please read the interview to find out my answers!

Thank you Dana for including Studio Sam on your inspiring blog.  I really enjoyed the interview and sharing some different information about myself and Studio Sam.


In February 2010 Sam was awarded a Creative Sparks Grant to design a range of furniture. The result was Outee.

The project was proudly supported by and received financial assistance from both the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Top 10 Forces and Faces

article DQ’s Top 10 Forces and Faces in Design

publication DQ 37, Autumn 2010

Each year DQ (Design Quarterly) magazine selects a group of 10 people “across myriad fields” that they feel “have achieved outstanding results in their practice”.  We thank them for including Studio Sam in their 2010 selection.

Australian Design Museum

The inaugural Australian Design Museum Exhibition held in Sydney provided a unique opportunity to view and purchase iconic, limited and prototype works by Australian Designers.

Date February to March 2010

Location Shapiro Gallery, Woollahra

Curator Sarah King

Image Exhibition postcard by Mark Gowing


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for Tomorrow” (Albert Einstein)

Tomorrow is more than just the day after today.  It is the future.

A series of rooms were choreographed at Cult, Brisbane by Sam based on colour and lyrics from carefully selected songs.

Several hand-made pieces from the Studio Sam’s Booksmith range were included along side designer pieces from the Cult collection.

Sam wrote a mini biography for each object on display as a means of exploring their possible ‘lifecycles’ and encouraging visitors to reassess the value of things. Some of the objects were prized for their design, some were respected for their durability, others were treasured as ‘collectables’ or appreciated for their social responsibility.

Date November 2009 to January 2010

Photographer Geoffrey Marsh, Pride of Joy Photographics

A family Christening

Date 2010

Occasion Sam was commissioned to make 6 Standard Sienas and 9 mini Sienas for a baby christening in Sydney.  The Sienas were used as vases and table ornaments accompanied by an amazing array of flowers.  Books were sourced especially for the occasion.

Event Organiser and Photography Pret-a-party

Brisbane Writers Festival

Date September 2009

Location State Library of QLD, Brisbane, Australia

Products on show Elliot the Bookscreen was selected as the backdrop to speakers at the 2009 BWF. Quite a suitable application!  Photo adjacent taken on opening night.

Photograph Brisbane Writers Festival

Paper Installation

Project Sam was commissioned by stylist Megan Morton in 2009 to create a series of paper Installations for the Clara Display Suite in Melbourne.  Some of our works included: Siena the Bookblock Tables, Mini Sienas, a Mini Bookscreen and hand stitched paper sculptures.

Photographer Tim James

Paper Works

publication Inside Out, Australia, July August 2009

We love this styling and photography by Vanessa Colyer Tay and John Dennis respectively featuring our Mini Bookscreen.

Ish Singapore

article The Alchemist’s Touch

publication Ish Magazine, Singapore, June 2009

We were grateful to be included in a special feature on Australian Designers in this international magazine.