STEEL: art design architecture




Born 1988, Sydney, New South Wales

Lives Sydney, New South Wales

Seaton Mckeon recently came to national attention after winning the inaugural Australian Furniture Design Award, 2015, presented by JamFactory and Stylecraft. The Sydney-based designer was one of six finalists shortlisted from 150 entrants in the prestigious new biennial prize, impressing the judges with his The Sun The Moon and Me, 2015. As part of his prize, McKeon undertook a residency at JamFactory’s Furniture Studio and 2016 saw him develop a new design collection through to commercial production.

It’s a rapid career trajectory for someone who only graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) from the University of New South Wales the previous year. But Mckeon has been working as an industrial designer since 2011 and is currently in-house Industrial Designer at Blue Sky Design Group. Within the past few years he has featured in the Workshopped exhibition three times, was a finalist in Launchpad 2013 and during that same year won the Northern Lights competition, presented by Great Dane and & tradition, with his Press pendant, 2013. 

Mckeon’s ‘machine aesthetic’ is at play within the Paperclip collection as he reinterprets the classic school chair of the 1920s. The concept is nostalgic and evokes a sense of narrative, however the pieces’ clean, minimal construction is what immediately appeals. Communicating the essence of making through pared back forms is what lends the collection its robustness, despite the lightness of the material palette.