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PHILOSOPHY
"…in making successful contemporary furniture the furniture maker must address craft and design with an equal level of respect and skill."
My design philosophy is based on originality, not reproduction. My furniture is unique and contemporary. I am constantly looking for new ways of using materials and responding to clients. My furniture is intended to evoke a response in the viewer, to tell a story. Being a furniture maker as well as a designer, I am also very interested in the craft of the making. I believe that in making successful contemporary furniture the furniture maker must address craft and design with an equal level of respect and skill. My approach to furniture endeavours to bridge the gap between the "moral" and "truthful" approach of the highly skilled craftsmen of past centuries, and the design oriented approach of current times.
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CRAFT
.....and DESIGN
"…..making a piece of furniture for a person implies a moral contract."
Like many of the pre-industrial pioneers of the woodcraft tradition, I chose to work wood because of the independent way of life it offered. Materials can be gathered and processed by the maker. Craft work and the craft life could be said to be a moral activity and I believe that making a piece of furniture for a person implies a moral contract. The piece must serve a purpose well, and also last a lifetime. In past centuries this was the furniture maker's obligation to their client. The best craftsmen shared a common principal - truth to materials. They were respectful of materials, understood their preciousness and presented them with a level of grace. As a contemporary furniture maker, I endeavour to carry on these principles in my work.
Good design is essential in producing furniture that is not copied or reproduced. The Modernists of the early 20th century realized this when they began looking for alternative approaches to furniture production. Aesthetics, intellectual content and functionality were all considered with equal importance. Like the pioneers of the Modernist movement, I am aware of the importance of design principles in the production of a new project. My tertiary qualifications are in design and I have spent 15 years running my own design practice. I have learnt that good design is vital to achieving success as a furniture maker. Good design ensures that the object functions as it should, has a level of meaning, is aesthetically pleasing to the client, is structurally sound, comes in on budget and is completed on time.
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