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Furniture Design

About

I design furniture for the love of it – to create products that positively affect people's lives, thinking and happiness without forcing intrusive elements upon them.
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Work

A small selection of my recent work. Click-through for more images and information into my thought process and concepts.

Process

Laying out the timber before the design process gives me an insight into its story

Design

I design things that people need, use and treasure every day

Philosophy

I start with an object’s core function and indulge in experimentation

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Commissions

My work has a Scandinavian aesthetic but I can produce pieces in most styles given client requirements. I have designed everything from chopping boards to tables to bookcases.
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Commissions

My work has a Scandinavian aesthetic but I can produce pieces in most styles given client requirements. I have designed everything from chopping boards to tables to bookcases.

Blog

Keep up to date with the latest news and what I am up to.

Posted: July 16, 2013

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Contact

Please drop me a line if you have any questions.

Materials

Timber is a fascinating material due to the individual characteristics of each piece of wood

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The evolution of each piece informs and shapes my adventure in furniture design.

About

My approach to design is very simple: start with an object’s core function and indulge in experimentation

Where did I come from?

I design furniture for the love of it – to create products that positively affect people’s lives, thinking and happiness without forcing intrusive elements upon them.

My fascination with construction began at an early age. I was at my happiest when wielding my pink plastic hammer, banging nails haphazardly into blocks of wood under the watchful eye of my grandfather. This love of woodwork continued throughout my childhood, leading to studies in materials technology at Swinburne University of Technology and furniture technology at RMIT. I further developed my skills at Xilo Functional Woodworks, working on many curious projects including the Lyon Housemuseum in Kew.

Where am I going?

Since 2010 I have worked at Artillery Interior Architecture as a designer and CAD manager where I apply my skills to their interior design practice. An opportunity also arose through Artillery to assist in a model-making program for children. It has been inspiring to witness how children embrace projects with pure enthusiasm and creativity, devoid of any pre-conceived ideas of how something should be built.

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My Design

I continue to provide my own design services – creating custom made pieces and designing product ranges for manufacturers – for the process, the ideas and the love.

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philosophy

My approach to design is very simple: start with an object’s core function and indulge in experimentation.

I take what I have learnt from my studies, what I have learnt from my mistakes and channel this knowledge into each new project. The evolution of each piece informs and shapes my adventure in furniture design. I believe if you don’t understand how you got there, then you never took the journey …

material

Timber is my favorite medium with which to work.
It is a fascinating material duet the individual characteristics of each piece of wood.

Every vein, dimple and imperfection has its own story, even in mass produced furniture. Instead of disguising these elements to create uniformity, my technique embraces features of the wood to make unique products. Laying out the timber before the design process gives me an insight into its story, and how I might create a new story, and a new piece.

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I design things that people use and treasure every day

Breadboards, chairs, desks and knives – I have created custom pieces for a diverse range of domestic and commercial projects over the years. Each project has helped to refine my craft, broaden my expertise and enhance my designs. My work has a Scandinavian aesthetic but I can produce pieces in most styles given client requirements. I have designed everything from chopping boards to tables to bookcases, in styles ranging from contemporary to rustic. They vary from traditional pieces to more unusual projects, but all are meticulously designed examples of function meeting form.

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Unusual idea, but don’t know where to start?
Start right here.

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