Loose Leaf is a design studio founded by Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler, specialising in experiential and concept-driven installations using natural materials. Their work explores themes of life and death, impermanence, material temporality and the restorative power of nature.

The studio’s practice is driven by the desire to observe and explore natural materials, celebrating their beauty in all phases and forms and creating lasting human connections to nature. Loose Leaf’s design approach is a line of botanical enquiry that draws conceptually from the structure, patterns and systems in the natural world.

Loose Leaf’s commissions include a number of notable arts, cultural and business brands and organisations such as Heide Museum of Modern Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Arts Centre Melbourne, Rolex, COS, Google, Emirates, Denfair, Australian Open and Tourism Victoria. Their work has appeared on ABC's Gardening Australia, in The Age Spectrum, T Magazine - New York Times, DesignBoom, Yellow Trace, Cereal, Monocle, Condé Nast Traveler, Icon Design (Italy), ELLE Décor (Spain), The Telegraph (UK), The Sunday Times (UK) and Grand Designs Australia. 

Their book ‘Loose Leaf’ was published in 2016.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Primitive Matter, Backwoods Gallery / Melbourne, Australia / March 2019
Little Creatures, See You Soon Gallery / Tokyo, Japan / 2017
Monstera, Koskela Gallery / Sydney, Australia / 2016

Selected Collaborations

Empire by RONE, Burnham Beeches / Victoria, Australia / March 2019

Selected Public Artwork Commissions

River, Collins Square / Sydney, Australia / 2019
Everlasting, Tramsheds / Sydney, Australia / 2018
Floral Cloud, Tramsheds / Sydney, Australia / 2018
Lines, Presented by Creative Victoria at Melbourne Fashion Week / Australia / 2018
Free Fall, FLORA Festival (Third Prize Award Winner) / Córdoba, Spain / 2017

Selected Group Exhibitions

Galaxy, A.G.M / Melbourne, Australia / 2019
Ancestor, Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards / Melbourne, Australia / 2018 (RACV Sculpture Award Winner)
Flowering Now, Collingwood Arts Precinct / Melbourne, Australia / 2018
Life After, Presented by Creative Victoria at Melbourne Fashion Week / Australia / 2017
Swarm Trap, Nishi Gallery / Canberra, Australia / 2016