I am a furniture and lighting designer based in Hobart, Tasmania. Working with a range of materials, my designs draw heavily from the vast natural beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness. With a focus on form and texture, much of my work features organic curving lines inspired by the local landscape. Many of my designs highlight the highly tactile nature of the materials used, embracing their natural characteristics, such as the bark that still clings to the objects in the Cracked Log series.
The relationship between light and shadow and light dispersion are also integral to my design process. Being legally blind with less than 5% of my sight remaining, the vision of light emanating from the peripheries of the different objects, reflect the alternative sensory world within which I design.
Rather than focus on quick-moving trends, each design is created with a focus on longevity.
By combining traditional hand-made techniques, modern manufacturing technologies and small-scale production, each object is built to last. Sustainability and care for the environment are present in every step of the design/making process at Duncan Meerding Design. The majority of timber used is sourced either from what was ‘waste’ materials or else from faster-growing, robust timber varieties. As the practice has grown, care has been taken to insure that we stay true to the core principles of environmental sustainability, ethical practice and the relationship between the maker, the object and the customer.
A number of existing Design products are available in our range , but we can also work on custom Design projects in Furniture and Lighting.
For me taking into account sustainability at the beginning of the Design process is important. Good Design should stand the test of time, both metaphorically and physically. Using the correct material for the correct application is important in order to make sure that the designs construction lasts. Rather than focusing on quick moving trends and Designing around them, Duncan Meerding Design focuses on trying to make original Design works which the user can appreciate for a life-time.
Much of our work is produced in house and if it is not, we try to use smaller scale local manufacturers for the dual purpose of ensuring quality in workmanship but also making sure we are aware of the conditions of the people involved in the making process when not done by us.
Probably the design theme/idea which has gained Duncan Meerding Design the most traction is the Cracked Log Light Range. This series utilises waste wood which would have otherwise been burnt and turns them into vessels for light for various applications. When we are not using salvaged wood in the various designs we try to use Tasmanian Eucalyptus or other faster growing robust local timbers; such as the Propeller Pendant Light or the Leaning Leaf Coffee Table, both of which also flat pack down for reducing freight costs economically and environmentally.
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Green / Eco / Sustainable Certifications:
Green Award, The Edge Competition 2014Qualifications & Memberships:
Furniture Designer (Bachelor of Arts History and Furniture Design Majors)