40 years Finland and Australia…
I have over forty years of experience in furniture making, in partnership with my wife Helena, in Australia and in Finland. We have worked with hundreds of clients: making furniture for residential and office projects; designed custom pieces for clients and for our own collections; restored antiques; designed and built seating for ships; and furnished bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and display homes.
The skills that I have developed are craft based, but refined with an acquired design knowledge and used in a manufacturing setting. These skills are quite unique today and not easily reproducible, so I welcome the opportunity to teach, and use each project to communicate the benefits of my expertise and provide the best crafted solution possible.
Commissions for unique pieces are interesting for me to work on. It’s a balance between the client brief and my own imagining of the piece. Working closely with the client but retaining freedom to conceptualise in my own way, I hope creates a significant piece with longevity and meaning for the client. Here’s my most recent commission, the Chancellor’s Ceremonial Chair for Griffith University.
Here are images of a few projects undertaken with Deka where I have designed and manufactured new furniture. It’s just a snapshot, the Deka website has more detail of recent projects.
Examples of design and manufacture projects for clients over the years.
For this collection for Deka Design I collaborated with Helena and Nora. We wanted to create a collection made with local, sustainably sourced timbers that would suit residential interiors and also commercial projects.
Collection of timber furniture designed for commercial and residential projects.
activating material, revealing history, adapting design, representing craft and producing culture.
This collection is based on making local furniture craft more visible, bringing it into presence as an alternative to homogenous design. Using local materials and a slightly unique aesthetic, I am using the finished piece to display the craftsmanship within it. As with all of my work, I am endeavouring to create material culture which is relevant and long lasting.
activating material adapting design representing craft producing culture
born classic for Deka
This collection of contemporary furniture for my family company Deka has been developed over many years for our residential and commercial clients. Echoing the clean lines of contemporary furniture, this collection illustrates the virtues of high quality manufacture and a long term classic aesthetic.
The Deka collection evolves quite naturally. I am constantly developing or refining concepts, most of which make it to production, some that lay dormant until the time is right, and a few that never make it past pencil and paper. The design process is a relatively quick one because of the ease of collaboration: concept on paper, presented to Helena and Nora. If agreed it proceeds to design and material selection, then ready for prototyping or production.
A few of my signature pieces for Deka are shown in the gallery below. It’s just a small sample, the full collection is shown on Deka’s website.
'born classic' collection for Deka
Son of Martin
Son of Martin is our family’s design brand. We come together with a shared love of design and the hand made. The Games Table that I made has a reversible top with felt for playing on one side and solid timber on the other for dining. The table and the matching chair are made from walnut with contrasting timber decorative details and coasters.