The Fortynine Studio is made up of
a group of young creatives - Ben Elbourne, Harriet Watts, Sarah
Spackman, Carly Vickers and Lauren Austin. The collective uses
various materials and disciplines, including ceramics, and has just
shown a collection of work with The Other Hemisphere at Milan
Design Week. Their work Raw is stocked at Jardan in Sydney,
Melbourne and Brisbane, while the Flip Flop Slip range is available
at Object: Australian Centre for Design, and Relax Homewares pop-up
We were asked to make tableware for Bill Granger's cookbook
Easy and haven't looked back, explains Harriet Watts. The
work struck a chord with people, so we developed and refined the
pieces to create our Flip Flop Slip range.
Describe your work.
Our work is often driven by materiality, concept and narrative
beyond the objects themselves, so our aesthetic comes from the
design process. This comes from our deep love for and
exploration of materials and textures.
Do you have any influential mentors or
The support and guidance from ceramicists such as Jacqueline
Clayton, Paul Davis and Rod Bamford have given us confidence to
trust ourselves. We admire people such as Grace Cochran and Brian
Parkes who design and craft in a meaningful way. Sarah King, who
runs The Other Hemisphere, also isn't shy about promoting good
Australian design internationally.
What is your favourite piece?
Collectively, our favourite is the pasta plate we make as part of
the Flip Flop Slip range. We have sets of them at home; they're a
really nice size and shape for food.