Peter Harding

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Bachelor of Architecture, 2005, University of South Australia.

Where did you head after graduating?
I have worked in architecture practices both in Adelaide and Brisbane since graduating.

When did you launch your own business?
Maker was launched in 2007.

What motivated you to start your own business?
Maker was the result of a passionate architecture student being thrust into the real world of architectural practice. Maker developed for me to produce and test my ideas both in the realms of creativity and business.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
Maker is a design brand. It facilitates the process of taking design ideas and making them products in the market place.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
My designs are about transforming creative ideas into products for the mass market. Although I have only released lighting designs to the market, my work ranges from textile designs to architecture and everything in between.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
As a small business, Maker struggles with the fact that its director is also its chief designer and that I also work for an architecture firm full time. Getting the time to deal with manufacturers, distributors etcetera is difficult.

What inspires your design projects?
Maker’s ideology is inspired by all the other design companies that aim to produce a quality design object that everyone can afford.

What are the next steps for you?
Maker sees a future where the company’s beautiful yet affordable designs are stocked not only by the likes of Space Furniture but just as easily accessed through your local Target or Kmart store.

Published 14 July 2008.

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