Back to the future: Page Thirty Three’s new collection references past space age visions

Coffee table, and abstract seating and lighting with sea view
Design studio Page Thirty Three's new collection is inspired by historic space age design, visions of the future from the past, and takes the form of part functional design, part perfectly composed work of sculpture
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Part functional design, part perfectly composed works of sculpture, the latest collection from Sydney-based design studio Page Thirty Three is inspired by historic space age design, and visions of the future from the past.

'I love looking at how the future was forecast 50 years ago, and comparing it to how we live today,' says Ryan Hanrahan, who founded Page Thirty Three in 2010. 'In most cases I like the alternate space age visions that I saw on the big screen, and dreamt up as a kid, much more. I think a lot of what we design comes from these childhood obsessions and playtime.'

Collectively titled 'Use Your Illusions', the 20-piece collection is the studio's largest and most cohesive offering to date. Working with a dark, tonal colour palette and materials with varying textures, like matte-black terracotta, black polyurethane, concrete and the meteor-like Australian Bluestone, the new pieces feature all the hallmarks of Page Thirty Three’s distinctive design style; strong geometric shapes, clean lines and a clear focus on Australian design and manufacturing. 

As well as eight lighting pieces, candle holders, an oil burner and an oil diffuser, the collection also boasts some impressive larger pieces of furniture; the graphic Lightyear daybed is formed from two monolithic black polyurethane cylinders bridged by a slab of black-coated Birch ply, while a chunky 40mm aluminium tube frame elegantly orbits a circular seating piece to form the Vader chair. 

'There is a basic childish satisfaction felt from "solving the puzzle"' says Hanrahan, noting that many of the pieces encourage playful interaction. For instance the Totem lamp, composed of a set of Bluestone and steel parts, is formed by sliding the components onto an upright light sabre allowing the user to create a number of different compositions.

Meanwhile, pieces like the Zig Zag side table expand upon familiar forms the studio have explored in previous collections. 'I believe work should grow and evolve over time,' explains Hanrahan. 'Before starting object design I worked in the fashion industry, and it is so seasonal, which I grew to hate. I feel it is unnatural. I like to think of something forming gradually. Although this is our third furniture collection, each year is an extension on the previous year's designs and philosophies, and a result of learning over time. I like to keep what works, perfect what doesn't, and discard what I grow bored with… then there is always a million new ideas to get started on.'

Abstract light fitting, tall candle holder and black chair

Entitled 'Use Your Illusions', the 20-piece collection is the studio's largest and most cohesive offering to date

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Circular light fitting and bulb

'I love looking at how the future was forecast 50 years ago, and comparing it to how we live today,' says Ryan Hanrahan, who founded Page Thirty Three in 2010

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Wooden table and stools, black chair, small sculptures on table and painting in the background

'I think a lot of what we design comes from these childhood obsessions and playtime,' Hanrahan continues

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Three sculptures on top of triangular shaped stone

Page Thirty Three's distinctive design style is seen all over the collection with strong geometric shapes, clean lines and a clear focus on Australian design and manufacturing

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Stone shelf with circular object, pot releasing smoke and large leafed plant at the back

The collection's colour palette includes dark, tonal shades and materials with varying textures, like matte-black terracotta, black polyurethane, concrete and the meteor-like Australian Bluestone

(Image credit: TBC)

Abstract lighting, chair and sculptures

As well as lighting pieces and small decoration pieces, the collection also boasts some impressive larger pieces of furniture; the graphic Lightyear daybed, or the Vader chair formed of a chunky 40mm aluminium tube elegantly framing the circular seating piece

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Abstract lighting and sculptures made with natural materials on table

Many of the pieces encourage playful interaction; 'There is a basic childish satisfaction felt from "solving the puzzle,"' notes Hanrahan

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Black and white abstract sculptures against black background

The Totem lamp, composed of a set of Bluestone and steel parts, allows for playfulness, and customisation

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Two marble sculptures next to a light

The lamp is formed by sliding the components onto an upright light sabre allowing the user to create a number of different compositions

(Image credit: TBC)

INFORMATION

'Use Your Illusions' is available to order online from Page Thirty Three website (opens in new tab)