Gareth Brown

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
City and Guilds Handcrafted Furniture Making, 2006, City of Bristol College, United Kingdom.

Where did you head after graduating?
While studying I worked for a bespoke kitchen and furniture company as a cabinetmaker. When I was working there I also produced some pieces for myself which I exhibited at several exhibitions in London. I then moved home to Adelaide to be an associate furniture designer at JamFactory.

When did you launch your own business?
I launched my own business in 2007.

What motivated you to start your own business?
My motivation came from the desire to be creative and work for myself. Also receiving positive feedback about my work gave me the confidence to pursue making as a career.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
I provide a furniture design and manufacturing service working closely with private clients and architects. I produce freestanding, one-off and limited run pieces that are sold through galleries and retail outlets as well as site specific commercial and residential fit outs.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
My products are made with longevity in mind structurally and visually. I incorporate hardwood and lacquer into most of my furniture using meticulous craftsmanship.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
Trying to fit 30 hours into 24 .

What inspires your design projects?
The materials I am using and the function of an end product. My surroundings and the interactions with people also play a vital role.

What are the next steps for you?
The next step for me is to finish my associateship at the JamFactory. I want to then set up a workshop and shopfront in Adelaide and sell my own range of furniture.

Gareth Brown received a scholarship from Arts SA and CraftSouth to participate in Springboard Stage One.

Published 15 July 2008.

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