In a continuing series of profiles, I'll be talking to the talented makers behind the brands that make up The MITT Mrkt. This week, a look inside Natalie Lane's workshop in Brisbane, the home of Corner Block Studio.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START CORNER BLOCK STUDIO?
My motivation to start-up Corner Block Studio came from three separate places. One was the urge to work with my own hands. A maker's-gona-make and what craftsperson doesn't want to earn their living this way. Secondly, I was keen to work in a company that made decisions based on strong values of respecting our environment and it's wild inhabitants (so I founded one). The third being an interest in inventing functional objects, this lead me to become an industrial designer, and to design the Anesbury Book Frame. I thought this idea had legs and wanted to take it to market.
WHY DID YOU START WORKING WITH WOOD AS YOUR PRIMARY MATERIAL?
Wood is stunning and interesting, each piece is one-of-a kind with it's own tone, grain and charm. I hope it's timeless beauty gives my products a lasting place in people's homes. Also, I was confident that I could find a renewable and environmentally responsible source of this material. The Anesbury Frame Collection is made from reclaimed Australian Hardwoods. In short, it's stunning and sustainable. Oh, and it smells great.
WHAT INSPIRED THE RECORD JACKET FRAME?
My father-in-law gets credit for inspiring the Record Jacket Frame. When Gordon was a lad, he called into his local radio to enter a competition to win a full collection of The Beatles albums on Vinyl. Classic. He won. The first Record Jacket Frames are in his home, displaying this prized collection.
WITH FATHER’S DAY AROUND THE CORNER HERE IN AUSTRALIA, WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU MADE YOUR DAD FOR FATHER’S DAY?
An ugly paper tie. We have a goofy photograph with our family and our next-door-neighbours; the photo shows two Dads in their gaudy paper ties with five proud lil' sisters and friends at their side. Funnily, my sister is giving Dad a tie for Father's Day this year (shhh), only this time it will be more tasteful.
IS THERE SOMETHING YOUR DAD HAS TAUGHT YOU IN LIFE THAT HAS STUCK WITH YOU?
To stay curious. He's taught me this by being that way himself. He reads and listens to such a broad range of topics and I've picked up on his habit (only I've switched radio for podcasts). We're both fascinated with the world outside of our own discipline, from health and criminology to technology and sport. New ideas and knowledge are energising, they keep conversations interesting and help you understand other points-of-view. I'm grateful to Dad for his curiosity.