Alexsandra Pontonio, Alexsandra Pontonio (Studio Furniture 2018)

A love of the bush, a commitment to sustainability and the pleasure of working with her hands have been a constant in Alexsandra Pontonio’s career. Initially studying social sciences at RMIT University, focusing on sustainability and environmental policy, she spent her spare time bush walking in Victoria’s High Country. A two-year program studying furniture design, also at RMIT University, allowed Pontonio to work with her hands, as well as explore her sustainable approach. “I’m not interested in consumerism or predicting the latest trends. I’m interested in producing furniture that has longevity, pieces that can be passed on through the generations. After graduating with an Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) from RMIT University in 2015, Pontonio has been involved in a ‘wave’ of projects, some local, others further afield, such as the Milan Furniture Fair (2016). Included as part of the ‘Melbourne Movement’, founded by eminent designer and teacher Kjell Grant.