Khai Liew – along with author and commentator Karen McCartney and Sarah O’Neill of Small Spaces – discusses the realities, risks and rewards of starting out, building a business, establishing a successful career as a maker and executing your own vision.
Khai Liew draws on his cultural heritage and his experience and knowledge as a specialist conservator to design and produce furniture informed by the old and the new, the regional and the international. The production of small editions and one-off furniture commissions takes place in Liew’s Adelaide studio and workshop, founded in 1996. Liew’s designs have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Design Museum in London and the Triennale di Milano. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and Art Gallery of South Australia. Liew is Adjunct Professor, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia and a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia.