We are sharing David Harrison Design Daily post – a profile on the work of Fred Ganim whose ‘Plane’ table is a feature of the AT HOME show at Old Government House. Ganim, is by his own admission, an untrained designer but has years of experience creating objects, sculpture and scenery for the film and theme park industry. Perhaps this is a blessing in that Ganim very much follows his own path and pays little attention to what is happening in the furniture market at large. The only criteria he applies to his pieces is that they last and are beautiful. To this approach we say hurrah!
“I have always made things, working in the film and theme park industry as a sculptor and this gave me access to a wide range of materials and taught me a lot about form and process. Though a very informal training, this taught me the limitations and capabilities of a material, and how to problem solve to achieve the required end result. A lot of fun really”. Fred Ganim
After many years of toying with the idea of some formal training in cabinet making, six years ago Ganim enrolled in the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking and studied under Alastair Boell. Since completing this he worked for several months for Melbourne furniture and lighting designers Pierre & Charlotte (who have recently moved their operation to Tasmania), and began working toward an exhibition of his commissioned and speculative work.
Ganim is based in Melbourne but is often in various parts of Australia and the Asia Pacific region working on films. In between jobs he finds the time to work on private commissions and personal ideas. It was through this slightly piecemeal approach that through the course of 2015 Ganim created enough pieces for a strong solo show. Held in August 2015 at the showroom of Criteria in Melbourne’s Cremorne, the show revealed Ganim’s obsession with solid timber and exposed joinery techniques. Joints are made evident and are designed to express the form more coherently. Rather than a collection per se, the exhibition was more of an expression of his arrival as a designer, with the work reflecting a range of different styles.
His most recent work is on display as part of the AT HOME exhibition at Old Government House Sydney and is called the ‘Plane’ table. A low display platform for books, objects or sculpture, the table expresses a plastic 60’s feel in natural materials. The form is surprising and wonderful, snaking its way across an open area at the foot of the buildings simple but rather grand staircase.