The Fortynine is an object design studio with a focus on making and materiality. Their work has strong references to the natural Australian landscape and uses local materials. The studio creates products for everyday use and aims to foster good local design as an alternative to mass produced, commercial goods. They experiment with new ideas, materials and processes to push the boundaries of design and craft.
The studio's practice involves developing work for exhibition, production and sale. They have produced commissions for organisations such as the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and Object: Australian Design Centre, and collaborated with designers such as Jardan, Eastern Weft, Sarah K of The Other Hemipshere, and The Planthunter.
The Fortynine Studio is made up of designers Ben Elbourne, Sarah Spackman and Harriet Watts. Its name is a reference to small scale and local manufacture, and more loosely, the handmade.
Under Australian law, forty-nine is the maximum number of objects that can be made where the design is protected by copyright. Once a multiple of 50 is made a design is considered mass manufactured.