Chair making course

l willl be instructing a chair making course beginning in March 2014, the latest course offered at Deka Design’s School of Furniture. During this five day course I will teach students the theory and the practical elements of making a timber chair. I specifically designed the Kantti II chair as a good teaching project for beginner to intermediate skill level so that students can learn about ergonomics, aesthetics, structural design,material selection, upholstery and timber finishing in one project. For more information about the course visit Deka Design’s School of Furniture, and for more information about the Kantti II chair, please visit Deka Design’s website.

chair making course

Furniture restoration and upholstery courses

I am instructing furniture restoration and upholstery courses at Deka Design’s School of Furniture. Running from January to April, these courses will give the students the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to restore and upholster their own piece of furniture. For more information please visit the Deka Design website.


Kantti chair available in Finland!

The Kantti chair is now available in Finland! Petri Koivusipila is a fine woodcraftsman with his company Koivusipila based in Fiskars Village, in southern Finland. Amongst the beautiful scenery of Finnish forest and lakes, this bustling village of artisans has around 100 working artists, designers and craftspeople across many disciplines.
I have been spending the summer of 2013 in the village collaborating with Petri Koivusipila. We are pleased to announce that his company will now be manufacturing our Kantti dining chair for the Finnish and European market. His high quality work in local timbers includes designs of his own and also those of designers such as Mikko Merz, Simo Heikkila and Veera Sievanen.
The chair will be available in Finnish and European timbers such as birch, ash and oak.

Hightide Book

The design work of Helena and myself has been featured alongside other Queensland designers in Hightide – an exciting design publication by Jason Bird that features a decade of Queensland product design. The Antero chair, i…stool and the new Kantti collection are featured.


Furniture Restoration and Upholstery Course

Restoration Course

I will be instructing a course on furniture restoration and upholstery at the Deka Design workshop in Wynnum, in September. This three day course will cover topics such as use of restoration and upholstery hand tools, timber and timber veneer restoration, structural repair, stripping and replacing upholstery, pattern making, and fabric selection. Participants are asked to bring in a piece of furniture that they would like to restore, and they will have access to all workshop processes.

Dates: Saturdays 21st September, 28th September and 5th October 2013. 9am – 4pm.
At: Deka Design 23 Mungala Street, Wynnum.
Cost: $395
For more information or to enrol visit the Deka Design website.

Exhibition of furniture making course at QUT

The furniture making course run by QUT in collaboration with myself and Paul Morris (Join) as instructors has successfully finished. The two-stage course ran in October 2012 and January 2013.

QUT is hosting an exhibition to show the public the completed furniture pieces designed and made by the professional designers who took part.

At: QUT Gardens Theatre, Gardens Point, Alice Street, Brisbane CBD.
Opening: Thur 18th April 6 – 8pm (no RSVP needed)
Open dates: Fri 19th April and Mon 22nd April (closed Sat and Sun).


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New dates for furniture making course at QUT

The furniture making course THINK… CONNECT…. MAKE…. at QUT which Paul Morris and I are instructing has new start dates. Stage One Think/Connect will now run starting in October and Stage Two Making will run in January.

If you have been interested in making a piece of furniture for yourself or you would like to learn more about the making processes, visit the QUT website for more information. This course is perfect for interior designers, architects, other design professionals and recently graduated students who want to know more about designing for manufacture, material use and processes of making.

Making of restaurant tables

One One One Eagle Street tables

The process for making these tables was very different to the Cedar side tables, which were unique, and for which I was commissioned to both design and make. These restaurant tables were designed by Cox Rayner and Deka Design was to make them.

With a total of 27 tables I needed to set up a mini-production run, and some jigs were made to assist with certain processes such as the cutting of the specific edge detail.

The design was a solid timber rim with a recycled leather insert on top of an MDF structure. The base was to be powdercoated.

The timber was chosen by Cox Rayner, a beautiful American black walnut, nice to work with and the relative evenness of the colour and grain makes it easy to select the pieces which make a whole. The most challenging part of the process was the adhering of the recycled leather to the MDF substrate. Great care had to be taken so that it would line up perfectly before the glue dried in place.

Here are a few photos of the process.

Restaurant tables

Restaurant tables for One One One Eagle Street


Here’s a short video of the making process on Vimeo – Making of…


The finished Cedar side tables

I completed the cedar side tables just in time for our ON THE EDGE exhibition.

The simple straight design allows for the timber grain to be the focus.The small table houses two of the client’s precious tiles and the larger table has the other four tiles. I made four complementing tiles using the client’s Huon pine to accompany the tiles in the larger table. The tiles are installed in drawers and the tops are glass.


The finished Cedar side tables

Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables
Cedar side tables