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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. Share → Tweet

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 →

Scout Hall Table

Problem: Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. Prior to the internet, virtual communities (like social or academic organizations) were far more limited by the constraints of available communication and transportation technologies (wikipedia). Solution: Organise a gathering. Scout Hall Table, 3 meters x 750mm x 750mm. Share → Tweet

NB Table – Walnut

Many species of walnut exist throughout the world, but the most common species in North America is Black Walnut. The tree grows abundantly across the continent, but doesn’t yield as much wood as other larger species, such as oak and maple. Black Walnut’s favorable working characteristics and rich color make it one of the most valued domestic lumbers. The heartwood of the tree ranges from dark tan to a deep chocolate brown, sometimes with streaks of purple and green hues. The sapwood is a very pale yellow, and can add... Read The Rest →

Hello 2013 …

Very excited to be featured in Belle twice in the early stages of 2013, and even more excited about the progression of Noddy Boffin this year. 1)    What early influences led to your pursuit of a career in design?  My interest in being creative and making things was apparent in the early stages of high school and this was evident in my grades with both Art and Design Technology. It was only while studying at the ANU Art School in Canberra, that I realised that I wanted to manufacture unique... Read The Rest →

The Cup Project

‘The cup project’ is a youth, not-for-profit, initiative publishing young emerging Australian artist profiles + works on takeaway coffee cups. The project’s co-ordinator, Amy Craig, says: the project will promote awareness and recognition of young artists, and their amazing work, within the Melbourne community …. seeing the fantastic work of young artists – its wonderful and inspiring. Melbourne coffee culture is going to love the artworks too!
 See more here – The Cup Project  and Australian Business Art Foundation.   Thanks to an innovative partnership, Melbourne coffee lovers have been introduced to the vibrant... Read The Rest →

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