MEET THE MAKER

Australian House & Garden - - Insider -

In 2013, in­dus­trial de­signer Joshua Abel (above) joined forces with ar­chi­tect Sal­vador Far­ro­jota to cre­ate The Ar­ti­fi­cial, a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­sign stu­dio in Bris­bane. Four years on, the stu­dio is go­ing great guns and Joshua is launch­ing his first in­de­pen­dent fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion, un­der the la­bel jr.abel.

“I’ve tried to cre­ate a broad range of prod­ucts that pushed me cre­atively and demon­strate what I’m ca­pa­ble of,” says Joshua. “My range fea­tures ob­jects for both indoors and out­doors, kitchen and com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions.”

While the end re­sults have a play­ful vibe, Joshua’s de­signs are care­fully con­sid­ered. “I of­ten start with the process or de­tail that I’d like to use and work back­wards,” he says. “This makes me think un­con­ven­tion­ally.”

Man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­clu­sively in Queens­land, Joshua sources the ma­jor­ity of his ma­te­ri­als lo­cally. “The lo­cal sup­ply chain makes en­sur­ing eth­i­cal and sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion a much eas­ier task,” he says. “I want the feel of my ob­jects to de­light, and this is much more likely when nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als are used.” jr.abel Splay ta­ble (above), $574, and Splay stools (be­low), $426 each, avail­able ex­clu­sively from Cat­a­pult De­sign; cat­a­pult­de­sign.net.au.

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