Tasmania-based furniture designer Duncan Meerding is legally blind but that doesn’t get in the way of his spellbinding artwork. One of his latest works plays into his obsession with nature by using cracked logs and light.
Meerding retains only 5% in his peripheries, which is where his use of light comes in. Using light helps him show how he sees the world. He writes on his website: “Being legally blind, this vision of light emanating from the peripheries and the highly tactile nature of my work reflect the alternative sensory world within which I design.”
Since Meerding doesn’t have much vision to go off of he has trained himself to adapt. While at design school he figured out how to feel the grain of the wood and listen to the sounds it makes as the chisel cuts into it, this way he knows when to stop cutting. He also relies on his “old mate,” or rather a speaking tape measurer.
As a wilderness junkie Meerding strives to protect the environment in any way he can. As a result, all of his cracked log lamps are responsibly sourced using sustainable materials.
Meerding is best known for his logs filled with natural cracks through which a soft light glows. “Many of my designs reflect my interest in light and its dispersion, represented by my simplistic forms and different lighting designs.”
Each beautiful cracked log lamp is made by hand and can be purchased between $280 and $640. Some of his lamps are made to sit on your desk and others can be used outside as a light and bench all in one.
“My work should not merely be seen as something that looks nice, it should remind us of our intrinsic connection with nature and the effect that we have upon it.”
You can purchase one of his many assortments of cracked log lamps online!