ADDRESS Interview with Kate Duncan.

Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I’m a furniture designer and maker based in Vancouver, BC. My work is quite contemporary and takes influence from brutalist architecture of the 70’s and 80’s. I use only North American hardwoods with Horween leather accents and original solid brass hardware.

Describe your creative process. I look around. I look around a lot. I look at design and architecture. I look at things I like and things I don’t like. I try to make my mark by adding something to conversation.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? Books. So many books. I’ve got an ever expanding collection of woodworking and design books that I flip through often. There’s something reassuring that nurtures a creative block when you sit down with a stack of books filled with pages and pages of ideas and images of what’s been done before.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Find people that can help. You’re gonna need them! Folx who can help you do things that you can’t, like build a website, take beautiful photos or do your taxes. Find them. And cherish them. You can’t do this alone.

What’s your dream project? A cabin in the woods. With my own woodshop just down the hill. And a dog… Always a dog.