Pair of Crisp Gary Hunt Bar Stools by Brilliant Studio

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Brilliant Studio
New Zealand
1990s
W 52cm, D 59cm, H 72cm
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Gary Hunt was one of the go to furniture designers in the art and design scene during the 1990s. Hunt often collaborated with high end local fashion houses to create bespoke designs executed in his material of choice – steel. This rare pair of bar stools are unique objects perfect for a contemporary space. Graphic triangular seats are reflected in the lines of the steel frames creating a sail-like structure which has developed a lovely patina since first created.

In the late 1980s and 90s steel fabricator Gary Hunt was at the height of his furniture design career, his work was showcased in several contemporary furniture exhibitions. His mild steel 'Bladerunner' chair was selected for the progressive 1988 'New Zealand Contemporary Furniture' exhibition by the Auckland Museum alongside other design luminaries such as Humphrey Ikin, Michael Draper, Stepane Rondel and David Trubridge.

Price is for two stools, we have four available.

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Steel and plywood
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Each piece is checked and carefully restored at our Kingsland studio workshop. Our focus is preserving the character and patina of the design while ensuring it displays beautifully in a contemporary interior.

Our Process:
- Joints checked and reglued
- Timber cleaned and stains removed
- Veneer repairs if needed
- Surfaces polished / refinished
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The items showcased in our gallery are constantly changing – not all items are on display at once.

Please enquire if there is a specific piece you would like to view and we’ll make sure it’s in the gallery.

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All pieces are available for collection in person from our Ponsonby gallery. We are also happy to provide a quote for delivery throughout New Zealand.

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Pair of Crisp Gary Hunt Bar Stools by Brilliant Studio

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About 
Gary Hunt
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Gary Hunt
Gary Hunt
Gary Hunt
New Zealand
1957 - Present

In the late 1970s, Gary Hunt was heavily involved in the punk and post-punk scene in Auckland. He was a drummer in the band The Terrorways, who performed regularly at the infamous punk dive Zwines. The Terrorways featured on the compilation album AK79, considered the defining record of the Auckland punk scene, and included in Nick Bollinger’s book ‘100 Essential New Zealand Albums’ (2009).

Hunt’s fabrication skills were acquired from a diesel engineering apprenticeship, working with heavy mechanical equipment. Hunt moved to the UK in the 1980's and while living there combined his musical and engineering backgrounds to make percussion instruments. It was during this time that he worked closely with a lighting designer and became more focused on design at a conceptual level.

On returning to New Zealand, Gary focused on elevating his craft and pushing his design and creative ability. He worked for several leading architects creating bespoke furniture and fittings while also producing his own designs. In 1988 Hunt became a member of the Artiture Group who were highly influential in promoting contemporary New Zealand furniture by leading alternative designers.

By the late 1980's, Hunt had a strong following in the art and design community. His work was showcased in several contemporary furniture exhibitions. His mild steel 'Bladerunner' chair was selected for the progressive 1989 'New Zealand Contemporary Furniture' exhibition by the Auckland Museum alongside other design luminaries such as Humphrey Ikin, Michael Draper, Stepane Rondel and David Trubridge.

1989 was a big year, Hunt’s bar stool set titled ‘Head Charge’ was selected to be represented at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York (ICFF). Hunt's design was described as a striking four-piece bar set that pushed the boundaries of what can be expected from steel furniture.

The 1990s was a productive decade for Hunt – he worked closely with prominent creatives in the New Zealand fashion industry. Elisabeth and Neville Findlay from Zambesi commissioned Hunt to collaborate on the fitout and furniture for their fashion stores. This was at a similar time to Hunt's work with Chris Cherry, to create the interiors of the Workshop stores. Another enduring collaboration was with fashion designer Marilyn Sainty, who worked with Gary Hunt on the production of her furniture designs. These have become icons of the studio furniture movement.

Today Gary Hunt continues to focus his creative energy on his passion for music, design, and steel.

Sources:
- 1990 article by Debra Millar
- Audioculture.co.nz
- Tetuhi.co.nz

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