Beech with Blackwood handles
For over thirty years, Neil and Pam Erasmus have been designing, making, teaching and writing about Fine Furniture. Erasmus designs grace the homes and public spaces of discerning collectors across Australia and the world. Neil is a regular, contributing editor for the Australian Wood Review magazine, and was senior lecturer at the Australian School of Fine Wood. He also teaches at the prestigious, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in the USA. Neil and Pam have won numerous awards for their contemporary designs, the most recent being Studio Furniture 2010 at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Both Neil and Pam’s works are featured in various publications, such as the ‘500’ series of books.
Neil was born and raised in South Africa, where he was mentored in the art of furniture design and making by his father, the highly regarded Andre Erasmus, himself a second-generation maker.
In 1981, at the age of 27, Neil immigrated to Canberra, Australia with Pam. Here Neil soon set up a workshop, undertaking commission work for embassies, government departments and collectors, and making speculative exhibition pieces.
They relocated to Perth in 1985 and Neil began passing on his skills to Pam, who created a small range of furniture that she sold through galleries around the country. In addition, Pam also ran the ‘Introductory Woodcraft Course for Women’ at the Australian School of Fine Wood (ASFW) where Neil had been teaching since 1997.It was at this time too that the couple set up their own, private, teaching program taking students through several set projects and mentoring on a one-on-one basis.
Neil's design philosophy subscribes to an eclectic school of thought, with his work divided evenly between conventional and contemporary styles. However, he prefers the special challenges offered by the latter. Neil's original contemporary designs are somewhat inspired by American Shaker, Traditional Japanese and the Arts and Crafts Movement styles, where small detail and joints are exposed and highlighted, and fine contrasting intarsia and inlays are featured. Central to his philosophy is a disciplined practice of woodworking skills using traditional techniques, and an unwavering commitment to maintaining a pleasing balance between form and function.
Neil works mainly in solid Australian hardwoods like Jarrah and Blackwood and occasionally hand-cuts special highly figured veneers for visual effect on such things as drawer fronts and panels. The natural beauty of the timber is enhanced with hand rubbed oils, waxes or shellac.
European Beech, dyed veneers
Jarrah, Quilted Maple veneer
Various timbers and available with upholstered and timber seats.
Leather: Macro Suede upholstery colour range
The Shadow Chair is the result of an intensive design process by one of the most highly regarded designer makers in Australia. The Shadow Chair derives its name from black and white shapes created by casting shadows of curved templates held at various angles.