Connecting timber to trees: Duncan Young exhibition opens February 17

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Duncan Young, Cascade benches in jarrah

Opening February 17, 2021 at Sofitel on Collins Hotel in Melbourne, Cascade is a exhibition of work by Adelaide designer maker Duncan Young.

Duncan began his exploration into timber as a climbing arborist and is ‘committed to rescuing our native timbers from the mulch pile, and elevating them to their rightful place as pieces of fine furniture’.


Currently an associate at JamFactory furniture studio in Adelaide, Duncan is working to design furniture that encourages people to connect the vibrant materiality of timber to the trees that surround us. His new Cascade range of benches and stools uses a textured top as a vehicle to explore a range of Australian hardwoods.


Each piece is handmade and hand carved with locally sourced and sustainably managed Australian timber. Where possible, timber is personally salvaged from urban tree removals. Every piece is made to last and is a vessel for the stored carbon within.


Cascade will on display until May 17, 2021 at the gallery space of the Sofitel on Collins Hotel in Melbourne in partnership with Global Art Projects and Craft Victoria.

Photos: Duncan Young, Dean Toepfer

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