VWA Residents can be contacted directly, via their details below, for all manner of commission work.
Simeon Dux is an award winning furniture designer maker from Melbourne, Australia.
Simeon designs and makes bespoke pieces for discerning clients and strives to incorporate classic furniture detailing into modern design. He teaches fine furniture making and has written for Australian Wood Review.simeondux.com
Raven Mahon is a California born designer and furniture maker. Her experience as a musician, artist and woodworker has lent itself to a varied career in making. Inspired heavily by the sculptural aspects of West Coast mid century American design, she builds custom furniture with an attention to organic shapes and the character of the material.
Her experience playing in bands has meant much of her work has been music-focused, from designing portable turntables, record shelving and stereo cabinetry to acoustic furnishings for sound studios.ravenmahon.com
Adam Raphael Markowitz practice seeks to find a balance between contemporary design and traditional methods of craftsmanship. Adam has trained at Furniture Schools in Tasmania and Denmark, and has studied traditional fine woodcraft at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, USA. He aims to achieve an authenticity and originality in his work through the physical act of making, which allows hand and mind to work together to guide the emerging design concept.
Since 2015, Adam has operated under the independent design studio markowitzdesign, which offers both bespoke commission pieces as well as small batch production items. The studio has a focus on tactility and fine lines, combined with traditional construction techniques designed to allow pieces to last a lifetime. Adam also teaches Furniture Design as part of the Master of Architecture program at The University of Melbourne, and is a qualified Architect.
In 2014 Adam was awarded the Dame Joan Sutherland Travelling Artist Fund by the American/Australian association to undertake fine woodcraft study in the US. Adam was awarded the Vivid Emerging Design Prize in 2014 and 2016, The ACE Emerging Design Prize in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Australian Furniture Design Award in 2017. His work has been exhibited both locally and internationally.markowitzdesign.com
Alexsandra Pontonio is an award-winning Naarm/Melbourne-based furniture maker and designer. She creates bespoke pieces that are contemporary in design with a sensitivity to traditional woodcraft. Working predominately with wood, her practice is underpinned by a deep respect for material; she seeks to work with timbers’ intrinsic material tactility.
Pontonio graduated with an Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) from RMIT University in 2015 after which she was the recipient of the Future Leader’s prize in Craft Victoria’s 2016 Fresh! exhibition, the VIVID Design Award, and the Tait Award for Design Innovation at Fringe Furniture. Other exhibitions include David Clark’s ‘At Home -Modern Australian Design’, Government House, Sydney, and the Salone Satellite, Milan.alexsandrapontonio.com
Isabel Avendano Hazbun
Isabel is a designer maker producing works in timber and fibre. In her own practice, driven by experimentation, she is interested in intersecting these two mediums in new and stimulating ways resulting in 3D objects that may or may not have a practical function.
At the School of Woodcraft, Isabel not only wants to help her students to design and make a piece of furniture from start to finish but also to grasp the idiosyncrasies of working with timber. And through this process and experience of making, instill the value and worth of the hand-made object.