One of my favourite things to do for my home is bring the outdoors in. For those who have been to my house, you will know that I have an almost unhealthy obsession with plants and nature and that I like to smother my abode with things that naturally occur in the great outdoors. One of the things I am particularly fond of is recycled or repurposed wood, so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across the Cracked Log lamps by Tasmanian-based designer, Duncan Meerding.
Duncan’s Cracked Log lamps are incredibly beautiful mood-enhancing lights made from salvaged wood that no one else wants. Duncan tends to favour using Eucalyptus over other timbers because it can be harvested much more sustainably than others and it is durable, grows fast and is a hardwood. His designs embrace the cracks in the wood that would have commonly been avoided in other designer creations. They are exquisitely unique and every creation is different to the others.
However, what is most impressive is that Duncan crafts his lights and other furniture with a degenerative sight impairment that has left him with only 5 per cent vision on the periphery of his eyes. Yes, he is legally blind. This incredibly talented man creates what most people can’t create with the visual advantage of 20/20 vision.
Duncan’s Cracked Log lamps (and other designs) aim to not be viewed as something that just ‘looks nice’, but as a reminder of our intrinsic connection with nature and the effect that humans have upon the natural world around us. You can read more about Duncan and his incredible salvaged wood creations by visiting www.duncanmeerding.com.au.