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Video | Interview – Designer Duncan Meerding

Today I’d like to share a video interview with one of the designers whose work we love and feature on the store. Tasmanian Duncan Meerding is a furniture and lighting designer-maker of the traditional kind whose love of the outdoors and the ethical way in which things are made feature foremost in his design practice. ‘A lot of my designs concentrate on overall form and light going through and around objects rather than intense detailing,’ he says. His award-winning Cracked Log Lamp series of lights is testament to this. Made from salvaged logs, it is their cracks and imperfections Duncan harnesses when turning them into lighting. He also has a penchant for making durable and thoughtful flat-pack pieces such as his latest lighting range that takes its cue from aeroplane propellers and his leaning leaf coffee table. ‘Form and function should be a major part of the brief,’ he says. ‘Not necessarily, how do we make a million of the things?’ Come and meet Duncan and learn more about his design practice and the inspiration behind his …

Interview: Nick Zammit | Woodturner

The best thing about a hobby is you can tinker and experiment with new ideas and different materials. Even better, is when your hobbyist tinkering can be turned into a business! UK businessman Nick Zammit has done just that with his love of wood turning. Just see what he does with coloured pencils in this video. My name is Nick and I’m a business owner in Hampshire United Kingdom. I turn wood as a hobby. I just love working with wood and love creating things. My distant family loved working with wood so I guess it comes from that. I work from home and turn when I can. I also love showing how I make each item on YouTube and to help new turners if I can. I love being in my shed, working on my projects, it takes me away to a different place a place where I can relax and be somebody else. I’m a business owner of several companies – one with four offices across the UK and sixty staff – so wood turning is …

Link Love for May

This week, nature is my theme. It’s for those who love to fill their home with things that have nature at their heart and for those who love to create from collected flora and fauna. From top left to right: German designer Meike Harde encases dried flowers and leaves into clear glass, creating gorgeous platters that become table features in their own right. See more of these beautiful platters at Yellowtrace. Food blogger Aimee Twigger comes up with the most divine images and culinary creations, all of which look too good to eat. This wild garlic and hummus with Ritz cracker-coated asparagus sounds fancy but looks easy to make. She even foraged for wild garlic! Now that’s truly getting back to nature. Find the recipe at Twig Studios. I had never heard of sun printing before even though it’s been around since the 19th century! All you need is Sunography paper or fabric, objects to print with and, of course, the sun. Monster Circus creates some vibrant fabric prints using dried flowers, woven flax and kitchen objects which can be framed, turned …

Interview: Owen Duggan | Unique Lighting Co

Those who know me know I have a penchant for lights, particularly those that are different, unique and not run of the mill. So when I discovered Owen Duggan on Etsy I was fascinated by his range of upcycled and created lights which he makes in the beautiful environs of the historic town of Melle in western France. A barn renovation was all it took for his love of making things to turn into a business, The Unique Lighting Company. Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My name is Owen and I have always had to do something practical and with my hands. I would not last at a desk job for a day! About 5 years ago I decided to make the move from hectic London to very quiet rural France. After renovating an old barn in a new home the one thing that was missing was some suitable lights. I looked everywhere for something a little bit ‘different’ and unusual and was shocked at …