Tuesday, 13 May 2014

dinosaur designs - new seed pod range.

Well loved Australian resin specialists Dinosaur Designs have just released a new collection of accessories and homewares, inspired by the forms of seed pods. Timeless in black and white with a smattering of neutral shades, the homewares range which includes bowls, utensils and beakers also features elements of brass and silver - sure to impress the magpies out there who are drawn to all things shiny. You can view the collection online, but for more a sensory experience I highly recommend popping into one of Dinosaur Designs stores - in  Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 

Friday, 9 May 2014

profile rory morgan - maker studio.

Rory Morgan of Maker Studio Furniture
As promised a few weeks ago when I profiled  Kati Williams of Spoken, here is part two! Kati's partner Rory Morgan of Maker Studio also has an eye for design, in the form of beautiful bespoke furniture which he crafts in his Noosa studio. With a preference for simple clean lines, and a guiding philosophy that less is more, for me Rory's designs are just perfect. Made from sustainable timbers, there is a sense of timelessness inherent in every piece, whether it's a Scout side table or a Willox Stool, topped with a splash of colour. If I could, I'd have one of each. Rory's skills can also be enlisted for commission pieces. For more details head to the Maker Studio site here.

How would you describe yourself?
Perfectionist, creative, passionate, focused, loyal.

What was your childhood dream?
To be an architect.

What led you down your current path?
Not enjoying sitting in front of a computer all day working as a designer I pursued woodworking as a bit of a hobby which I really enjoyed and it slowly turned in to a job.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love being free to design and create without restraints.  It’s really satisfying to be part of the entire process from concept to creation.

Where do feel most inspired?
When I’m traveling.  It’s great to clear my head, see new things and I always come home ready and excited to get back in the workshop.

Who do you admire?
People who take a chance, who pursue their passions and don’t give up.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
 Machinery involved in woodworking is pretty expensive. I think coming up with creative ways of using equipment I have to do a job has been a bit of a challenge but also proved to be kind of satisfying.

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
When I started getting enquiries and orders for things I had designed and made.

What are your top inspiring resources?
Answer-  Instagram for connecting with other woodworkers/ creative people, Archdaily is a great architecture website I follow.

Do you have a dream creative project?
Probably building/renovating my own home at some point.

What are you currently coveting in the world of design?
Some Hans Wegner wishbone chairs (originals).

What's next?
Visiting southern states and cities and getting our name out there.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to: 
Read – News stories, surf forecasts, blogs.
Watch- Some kind of 90’s movie
Cook- Risotto.         
Create- Time to surf.
Listen to- Chet faker, asgeir.
Dream about- New machinery/ traveling.        
Look forward to- Getting back in the workshop.