2016 Adam Goodrum

Creative in Residence
1st January, 2016 - 31st December, 2016
UTS Library Haymarket

Adam Goodrum studied Industrial Design at UTS. He is both a lecturer and member of the technical workshop team within the faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. Adam’s designs have been collected by national and international institutions and he has worked with companies including Veuve Clicquot and Alessi and Cappellini. Adam has won many awards throughout his career including the 'Young Designer of the Year Award' and the prestigious ‘Bombay Sapphire Design Award’.

Focusing on furniture, product and interior design, Adam’s work unifies functionality, aesthetics and a fascination for movement, geometry, and bold colour. During Adam’s residency for UTS Library, he considered how daily visitors might engage with design objects within the Library. Adam’s residency focussed on furniture design for the UTS Future Library, now UTS Central, as a launch point.

Adam designed the Molloy chair for the UTS Reading Room using traditional wood-working techniques. Passionate about the manufacture of quality design in Australia, Adam ensured the chairs were handmade in Australia by a local maker. The Molloy chair features fluid detailing inspired by a rare act of nature, the meeting of two rivers to form the Molloy River in Western Australia – a place where Adam and his family hand-built a holiday home. The soft rounded joints are realised by utilising the only multi-axis c’n’c cutter in Australia.

“It is a challenging pleasure to design a ‘new’ chair, I am always excited by the opportunity and at the same time overwhelmed by the rigorous and extensive process it entails to bring into fruition a new object. For each design I endeavour to fulfil my personal aims to achieve uniqueness, structural and ergonomically sound structure, integrity, a product sympathetic to the environment, engaging local makers, to enhance and consider the environment where it will be housed and to create functional objects with a personality.” – Adam Goodrum

Design First - Molloy Chair from Cult Design on Vimeo.