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Laura McCusker is an international award-winning furniture designer and maker based in Hobart, Tasmania with a professional practice that spans over twenty years.
Her work is described as ‘exceptional’ by Tyler Brule (Wallpaper magazine) and her pieces have featured regularly in Australian and international interior design publications including Lost Art Press (USA), Monocle, Monument, The Financial Times (UK & Asia), Australian Financial Review, Vogue Living and Craft Arts International, to name a few. She has been the subject of a number of TV documentaries focusing on her studio practice.
Her work has been commissioned locally by both the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and by MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and has travelled as far as the US, UK and Europe. In 2013 she won the prestigious Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design.
Described by MONA’s David Walsh as his ‘furniture designer of choice’, Laura has become well established in Tasmania where, since moving there with her family in 2003, she now finds the majority of her clientele.
Her designs are instantly recognisable combining clean aesthetics, mid-century and South American brutalist influences. Her no-nonsense approach to problem-solving some of the most challenging commissions has meant that demand for her work continues to increase locally, interstate and internationally. The combination of traditional materials, techniques and skills with contemporary designs produce unique pieces with provenance. Laura is an educator and advocate for the Visual arts, Design and Contemporary Craft sector and its community of makers.