Forestry and timber stories
Local designer exhibits in Milan
A legally blind Tasmanian furniture maker has been selected to exhibit his work at the Euroluce lighting show in Milan, Italy, this month. One of the world’s biggest lighting trade shows, Euroluce hosts about 500 exhibitors and admitted more than 300,000 attendees last year. Duncan Meerding makes lamps from tree stumps that would usually be discarded as waste wood and has been working recently on the fitout of a Hobart hotel. Mr Meerding told The Mercury his loss of vision at age 18 had helped formulate his design approach. “Whether I like it or not, my visual field does influence my design aesthetic and it’s something I probably would have shied away from explaining when I first started this journey,” he said. “Without my vision [having] degenerated when it did, I wouldn’t have designed the designs I have.” Mr Meerding said his design inspiration can come from the wood he handcrafts, from nature or from his restricted vision.
6 April 2017, Edition 182