Duncan is a lighting and furniture Designer/Maker based in Tasmania, Australia. Much of his work is inspired by the natural environment. Concentration on overall form, rather than intense detailing, with an interest in how light performs through and around these forms and materials, is of interest to him. This light emanating from the periphery reflects the alternative sensory world in which he designs, being legally blind with less than 5% vision.
Duncan tries to avoid quick-moving trends in his work but instead focusing on designing and making things to stand the test of time, both metaphorically and physically.
Duncan has practised professionally as a Designer/Maker of lighting and furniture for 10 years. In 2018 Duncan’s design the Stump light, won the ‘Darc Award, for best flor light of 2018’ and has had a range of exhibitions, including Euroluce in Milan in 2017 and 2019 and exhibiting at Venice Design 2018, an official satellite of the Venice Biennale.
In 2019 Duncan was a Guest Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Built Environment University College of London, at the world first pilot of Architecture Beyond Sight.
Duncan has a keen interest in disability advocacy and human rights.
Designed as a user-friendly flat pack system in order to reduce the cost of shipping and its effect on the environment, the Propeller Pendant and Propeller Droop Pendant lights are the latest of Duncan Meerding’s celebrated lighting solutions. Meshing organic and industrial shapes, these lights cast dramatic shadows through an 8-bladed form. A mix of hand-driven and computer-aided machines have been used in the construction of these lights, which are designed and produced in Tasmania.
The 8 curved blades slot into a custom central bracket and are held in place with small grub screws. The bracket then fixes into a turned Tasmanian Blackwood nose cone cover cap. The pendants are easily assembled and include an instruction sheet, with an additional instructional video available on our website.
The Propeller Pendant light comes with a standard 2m long cord in black cloth with a black ceiling rose, custom-made aluminium bracket, and turned Tasmanian Blackwood nose cone cover cap.
Materials: Tasmanian Eucalypt and lighting
Dimensions: 300mm | 500mm.
This item is hand made in Tasmania and available for custom order.
Photo credit: Cris Crerar, courtesy of the maker, Emily Dimonzantos, 2020.