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Trunk Stool

Trunk Stool

The hexagonal top of Trunk stool descends to a dodecagon (12-sided) base formed by precise chamfers that run vertically down the length from each point of the hexagon. The grain of the American walnut panels cause the gentle chamfer to appear a natural part of a solid trunk, but it is, in fact, a clad carcase. Designing for the exhibition Six, held at Aptos Cruz Gallery in mid-2010, Iue was not happy with the piece until he believed he had created, “something simple and timeless… something people can use for a long time”.

H410 x W380 x D330, American Black Walnut

Habit Chair

Habit Chair

"I always have the idea of the dining chair which has beautifully appeared from the back. The reasons for this, when the dining chair is not in used what we see often is the back."

H800 SH450 x W420 x D600, Canadian Rock Maple

East Chair

East Chair

Exhibited at “Designing craft/Crafting Design: 40 years of JamFactory” at JamFactory Adelaide and acquisitioned by the Art Gallery of South Australia.

H795 SH450 x W480 x D560, European Oak


Achieving simplicity is the goal for Japanese-born, Adelaide-based furniture designer Takeshi Iue. Simplicity in concept, form, materiality and ultimately construction, but perhaps not process, as Iue’s design development is often a lengthy series of exacting and painstaking iterations – a necessary progression to reach a final piece that meets his high standards. Like his design process, Iue is rigorous with his development as a practitioner. He holds three design qualifications: a Bachelor of Visual Communication from the University of South Australia, a Diploma of Art (Furniture Design) from the Douglas Mawson Institute of TAFE and a two-year Furniture Studio Design Associateship from Adelaide’s JamFactory.


Mentor/Mentored, JamFactory, Adelaide SA
Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 years of JamFactory, Adelaide SA

Matilda, London Design Festival, UK
Aptos Cruz, Stirling SA

Credenza Credentials, JamFactory, Adelaide SA
Six New Art and Design, Aptos Cruz, Stirling SA
Australian Design Museum Exhibition, Shapiro Gallery, Sydney NSW

Resource-Re-Source, JamFactory, Adelaide SA
Design Made Trade, State of Design, Melbourne VIC
Bienniale 2007, JamFactory, Adelaide SA


Adelaide Design Review, 2012
Adelaide Now, 2011
Deluxe, 2011
DQ Design Quarterly, Issue 41, 2011
U Magazine, Issue 199, 2009
Inside Out, Issue 82, 2009
Monument, Issue 91, 2009