We talk to recent design graduate Matt Dickkenberg on how his love for woodworking and design has lead him to teaching and starting his own business.
What is your favourite piece?
Though my design career has only recently begun, my favourite piece of furniture would have to be the Prosper Desk. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, the Prosper Desk creates a productive workspace. I have made one for myself, and I am loving the freedom of space, ease of accessing books from draws, and the feel of the rounded edge when resting my forearms on the desk when reading.
What has been you pathway to becoming a designer?
At the start of my secondary schooling, I found a love for woodworking. With the desire to improve my furniture making skills, I enrolled in a design course at the University of Tasmania. During my studies, I wanted to expand my manufacturing skills beyond hands on woodworking. My journey consisted of learning digital fabrication techniques, metalwork and seeing design as a way to make the world a better place.
Tell us about your practice currently and what brought you to this stage
Currently, I am studying to be a teacher in the field of design, teaching and preparing students for the next journey of their life after school. I have recently started a small furniture design business which allows me to continually develop my furniture making sills whilst also fuelling my passion for woodwork.
what do you feel is significant about designing work? What is it about this process that you are drawn to?
I design to make the world a better place. Whether this is environmentally, socially, or economically, the client is the forefront in my design decisions. When the client is pleased with my design, this brings me the most satisfaction, and this is what drives me to continue making quality furniture.
What does design do for your creativity that other mediums or practices cannot?
Designing gives you a physical product that you can look at and be proud of.
What are some themes that recur for you?
When designing, I try to make products that liven up the environment it is placed in. functionality and aesthetics combine in all of my designs for maximum satisfaction.
What do you feel is significant about being a Tasmanian designer?
Tasmania is a place of vision that produces some of the world’s most beautiful materials. A strong design culture has been built around the use of these materials, with many amazing products being made. I am proud to say I am a part of this culture, being surrounded by many creative minds producing remarkable products. Being based in Tasmania has certainly had a positive Impact on my creative direction, by being able to use using a wide range of materials and learning from the best.
What are your thoughts on design in Tasmania generally?
Complete quality is what comes to mind when I think of design in Tasmania. The aesthetic appeal of Tasmanian designs has its own uniqueness.
Find Matt's own business, MD Design here.
View Matt's work in-store.
Image credit: Juanny Tan and courtesy of Matt Dikkenberg.