Andreas Gurtner, from Vienna, already has a degree in international land and water management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Through his studies he discovered a passion for beauty and the simplicity of nature and realised that he missed an outlet for his own creativity. This ambition led him to enrol at the Chippendale school.
His half round table in sycamore and yew was inspired by the wild grain of the yew. He combined the natural beauty of the wood with different materials like gold accents that are incorporated in the piece.
Andreas also finds inspiration from past Austrian artists such as Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Gustav Klimt, which is reflected in his designs – using the wood itself to inspire and shape the final design.
“Most designers use wood to make their designs come to life. However, I also like to see things the other way around – using the patinas and grains of the wood to dictate the final design,” he said.
Through his passion for travelling he has learned about many different cultures and, for example, the aesthetics of Asian simplicity. That is why after graduation, Andreas hopes to work in Asia for a couple of years, and to learn more about different approaches to woodworking.
After that, he wants to return to Vienna and open his own furniture business, taking inspiration again from his native Austrian artists.
(Oh, and he also made this fantastic guitar)