Julian Leigh May

Julian Leigh May — 'Goethite Table Lamp', 2021


This series of work is inspired by organic forms with a sci-fi twist. The Malachite Wall Lamps reference the monolithic mineral, Malachite, while the distinct colour palette and forms reference classic sci-fi films. Custom glass-blown globes ooze green from hammered aluminium shells, allowing for an unsettling light to catch and reflect the shell's surface. The Goethite Table Lamp looks to the iron oxide mineral, Goethite. The mineral is found in clusters at low temperatures, and can sometimes be found as a crystallized form. And the Pud-duals table is comprised of ebonized blackwood floating forms balanced on two cylindrical pillars. The design’s organic shapes provide a tone which manifests a calming feeling.


Julian Leigh May (they/them) is a Naarm/Melbourne-based experimental designer embracing a spectrum of disciplines and mediums. Their work transcends barriers between art and design, and spans furniture, lighting and object design. Central to their practice is an interest in redefining everyday objects through new narratives, material experimentations and forms. Julian is also one half of the creative duo behind misc objet, a curatorial partnership that aims to create safe spaces and equal opportunities for emerging designers. Julian completed an Associate Degree in Furniture Design at RMIT in 2021. 


Celebrating the next wave of Victorian graduates in contemporary craft and design. Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from craft, design and fine art disciplines throughout the state.

Fresh! provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers. The exhibition fosters the potential of graduating students and provides an insight into new directions of contemporary craft.

The Finalists.

Erin Bussell, Jill Stevenson, Julian Leigh May, Nae Tanakorn, Hira Tanao, Narelle White, Ruth Hazell and Zipei 'Summer' Huang


Materials: Hammered aluminium, LED

Dimensions: 33cm x 50cm

Photography: Supplied by artist 

Read more about the Fresh! and the prizes on offer this year

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