‘I’ve always been intrigued by how products function both physically and metaphysically. Becoming a furniture and lighting designer was an obvious choice, it’s probably just an extended version of the intrigue I had as a child, the only difference is that instead of taking things apart, I’m now putting them together.’
Before establishing his design practice in Australia, Liam lived in Japan for four years. It’s this experience that greatly informs his design aesthetics and design of the Toro pendant. A prominent feature in his work is the use of ‘Ma’ relating to absence and void. This follows the belief that emptiness allows meaning and interpretation; what’s unseen is often more profound than the obvious. This is expressed in the space between repeating lines and geometry found in his designs.
‘From our initial meeting I knew we would have a successful outcome, due to the interest and expertise that was obvious from the start. Rakumba’s in-house design team are extremely talented and easy to work with and furthermore appreciated my approach and thoughts. Their knowledge of the materials, processes and manufacturing really helped develop my design into a highly resolved product.’
Liam’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He’s also recently been awarded two significant design awards, including the Clarence Excellence in Furniture Design Award and the South Australian Emerging Designer Award.