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Wood Workshops: Material Value

I was recently interviewed by the Australian Design Review for my role at Handsome & Co. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: AUSTRALIAN DESIGN REVIEW Published on January 16 2015. Physically creating something tangible to suit a purpose or fulfil a creative urge is a fundamental human yearning, one perhaps neglected in an era where our hands are occupied as an extension of touch screens and keyboards. In the smartphone age, where anyone is but a click or swipe away from the next stimulus, crafting an object with permanence is an act of enduring... Read The Rest →

Custom Pressed Back – Cafe Chairs

These are contemporary pressed back chairs (made in 2014), but wait, what’s a pressed back chair?  “…In the very late 1800s along came a process that could produce elaborate designs on chair parts for a cost of next to nothing. It even had a lot of people thinking it was hand carved. The process? The steel die stamp. A design with sharp edges was etched into a metal plate. That plate was mounted on a roller and under great pressure was passed over a waiting chair crest rail that had... Read The Rest →

New & Improved ‘Linger’ Bench Seat & Stool

After some serious tweaking and problem solving, we’re happy to present the 4th version of our ‘Linger’ bench seat. In the process of redeveloping the product, we simplified and streamlined the design further and even adapted the manufacture process to produce a stool. The beauty of this product really does lie in its visual simplicity, while the manufacture is also simple, the assembly method may not be immediately transparent, leaving some scratching their heads. Made with 4mm Stainless Steel and US Oak.

Walnut Chest of Drawers #2

A simple chest of drawers made with solid walnut and birch plywood. Aesthetically it is box… with drawers. Nothing protruding, with no negative space to speak of. If it weren’t for the handles, that offer a decoration, a face and or some depth and clue to its functionality it would be a box. But… it is this visual familiarity to a box that acts as its strong point; it is sturdy, solid and confident. The best reason for the minimalism in its design is that the physical shape does not... Read The Rest →

Walnut Chest of Drawers #1

I recently made/completed this chest of drawers for my new baby boy, Sonny James. The chest will be used to store all his little items of clothing and has a removable tray which offers change table functionality. This flexibility with the change table means that it can easily be utilised by him after nappies are no longer required and I hope it becomes a part of his life right into adulthood.

New Products @ BSG Handsome & Co Exhibition

  There is an inherent beauty in the natural quality and warmth of timber, and, when partnered with the unique relationship that only occurs between people and the built environment in which they inhabit, creates an intimate sense of belonging and personal identity. The Handsome & Co exhibition is a collective of works from local designer/makers who, together, make up the Handsome & Co workshop community. With beautiful timbers and quality woodworking at its heart, this collection encompasses the diversity and craftsmanship which stems from years of experience, training and knowledge fostered... Read The Rest →

Designer / Maker Conundrum

Entrepreneurship is jumping off a cliff and assembling a plane on the way down. I’m a designer/maker, I produce slowly and with the highest of quality, I am an entrepreneur with a passion for the tangible and I am first and foremost a craftsman. I am sure of these things… but I’m NOT sure where I fit in. I have been pondering this quite a bit of late and the big question is; do I want my output to be bigger than it currently is, and do I want to... Read The Rest →

Lawn Chair

I was quite excited at the prospect of being able to develop a chair design.My visual concept was to carry traditional indoor elegance outside through the appropriation of three different styles of seat. Chesterfield, wingback and Queen Anne. My piece is quite recognisable incorporation of these styles. The object has also been enlarged by roughly 10% as outdoor furniture can be dwarfed by the abundance of space. The chairs practical duty is to retain a bed of lawn as its seat area. My concept for this is “to make sitting... Read The Rest →

Milking Stool

“All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow” – Grant Wood. The stool is simple, however boasts a unique image through the contrasted tones of cork and ply, with the addition of a smart strip of bright stainless steel that belts the whole thing together like a ribbon. The design, while incorporating an industrial element of steel strapping typically used in packaging and transport industries for its function, now heralds its attractive and simple nature as a decorative addition, while still... Read The Rest →

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