“I think often we look at sustainability in a simplistic way. For me, it’s about designing objects that have a long life. I design things based on their situation and best fit for that scenario rather than chasing a trend or style where the object might be out of vogue in 12 months’ time. I’m very anti the throwaway society.
“Things made of timber, like old chairs, that wear over time where hands have constantly touched them, have a real story behind them. It’s what spurs me on to maintain a highly designed approach with a view that designed properly, an object will last.”
Simon works across material palettes, including steel, marble and Tasmanian timber species. He loves the sustainability aspect of timber.
“Timber is a fantastic resource in that regard. I’m an outdoors person and I love the beauty of standing trees. As a material, the fact that it is a growing resource is great. There is a sustainability aspect to it and the provenance of a wonderful history with a chain of custody that tells that story through to the end piece of furniture.
“It’s a fascinating part of working with timber because you can see it from standing in the ground to the finished product and track that process.”