A&A

A&A is the collaboration between Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur.

Adam Goodrum
Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum has worked with global brands including Cappellini, Alessi and Veuve Cliquot. He was among the first to recognise Seigneur’s unique skill not long after the Parisian arrived in Sydney in early 2015. Goodrum invited Seigneur to collaborate on a reinterpretation of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Series-7 chair for Cult furniture. The Bloom cabinet is the first of their purpose-designed pieces and marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration. Goodrum won the triennial Rigg Design Prize in 2015, the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia.

Arthur Seigneur
In the tradition of 17th century French decorative arts, Parisian Arthur Seigneur has spent the past decade refining his craft. A graduate of the prestigious École de la Bonne Graine furniture-making school, he honed his hand as an apprentice first to a harpsichord maker, then to a master restorer. But it was while working alongside marquetry artiste Lison de Caunes, grand-daughter of renowned Art Deco designer André Groult, that Seigneur developed the craft which would become his calling: marqueterie de paille – straw marquetry. Watch a video about Arthur Seigneur’s straw marquetry on SBS.

Download the Mother and Child 2022 exhibition catalogue.

Read the Exquisite Corpse/ Cadavre Exquis exhibition (2020) media release. Exquisite Corpse is a Dezeen Awards 2020 finalist.

Read more at Wallpaper* magazine here and here, DezeenAustralian Financial Review magazineArt GuideThe Design FilesVogue Living, FT Weekend How to Spend It magazine UK, AFR Life & LeisureArchitectural Digest India.

A&A ‘Continuum’ table 2021-22, custom dyed rye straw, birch ply 40h x 160w x 92d cm. Photography by Andrew Curtis.
A&A ‘Continuum’ table 2021-22, custom dyed rye straw, birch ply 40h x 160w x 92d cm. Photography by Andrew Curtis.
A&A ‘Cocotte en Paille’ 2021. In celebration of the 200th birthday of Monsieur Louis Vuitton, the LV200 project invited 200 global visionaries to reimagine Louis’s ingenious and iconic trunk. A&A’s response, Cocotte en Paille or Chatterbox in Straw, is inspired by the innovative spirit of the man and his legacy. In keeping with the chatterbox game, this vertical trunk turns inside out to reveal secret drawers that can be reconfigured in an array of patterns. A digital presentation of Cocette en Paille featured in Louis Vuitton store windows around the globe in 2021. The physical trunk appears in the collective homage, 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries Exhibition, a global exhibition originating in Louis’s home in Asnières, west of Paris in December 2021, then travelling to New York, Tokyo and London before ending its journey at auction at Sotheby’s in December 2022. All proceeds fund a scholarship program to bridge inequality gaps in access to artistic studies. Cocotte en Paille / Cabinet / 2021 Custom dyed rye straw, Maple wood, brass 100 (h) x 50 (w) x 50 (d) cm 1/1 Created for the Louis Vuitton LV200 project – 200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries Exhibition (2021) Images by Pier Carthew.
A&A ‘Cocotte en Paille’ cabinet 2021, custom dyed rye straw, Maple wood, brass. 100 (h) x 50 (w) x 50 (d) cm
A&A ‘Cocotte en Paille’ cabinet 2021, custom dyed rye straw, Maple wood, brass. 100 (h) x 50 (w) x 50 (d) cm
A&A ‘Cocotte en Paille’ cabinet 2021, custom dyed rye straw, Maple wood, brass. 100 (h) x 50 (w) x 50 (d) cm
A&A ‘Cocotte en Paille’ cabinet 2021, custom dyed rye straw, Maple wood, brass. 100 (h) x 50 (w) x 50 (d) cm
A&A ‘Cocotte en Paille’ cabinet 2021, custom dyed rye straw, Maple wood, brass. 100 (h) x 50 (w) x 50 (d) cm
A&A ‘Cocotte en Paille’ cabinet 2021, custom dyed rye straw, Maple wood, brass. 100 (h) x 50 (w) x 50 (d) cm
A&A ‘Cocotte en Paille’ cabinet 2021, custom dyed rye straw, Maple wood, brass. 100 (h) x 50 (w) x 50 (d) cm