Ash Allen

Ash Allen – 'Yellow Submarine', 2023


As a pacifist and engineer at heart, I couldn't help notice that submarines have been in the news of late. To try to counteract the fearful war-mongering, I decided to create my own submarine, based on the Beatles 1966 classic song.

Although not fully functional, my vessel can hold a bunch of flowers and has a flip-top hatch and rotating propeller. Available off-the-shelf, for way less than $368b

Ash Allen is a multi-award winning, Melbourne-based furniture designer. A mechanical engineer by trade, he enjoys making original furniture pieces which have a strong narrative and minimal environmental footprint.

He recently exhibited a solo presentation at the Melbourne Design Fair, 2023.

Vessel Project

June 1- July 29

The Vessel Project is an exploration of the vessel en masse, as imagined by Melbourne’s most creative practitioners. The showcase continues the examination of modern amphorae in Jugs, and celebrates Craft's curatorial collaboration with the NGV for Vessels – now showing as part of Melbourne Now at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. 

Read about the exhibition.

Material: Galvanised steel mesh with yellow enamel paint

Dimensions:  45cm x 35cm x 11cm deep

Photography: Henry Trumble

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