ADDRESS Interview with Kate Duncan.

Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I’m a furniture designer / maker based here in Vancouver. My work is contemporary and clean, heavily influenced by Japanese aesthetic, with a nod to mid-century modern designers.

Describe your creative process. I make a lot of prototypes. I like to interact with my pieces before I launch them so I’ll often make a few full versions of something before it’s really ready to go. There’s a lot of sketching, coffee and often mistakes, cause sometimes you win, when you loose.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? Books, many many books. I’ve got an ever expanding collection of woodworking and design books that I flip through often. There’s something romantic about sitting down with a stack of gorgeous books filled with pages and pages of inspo. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes it’s more about procrastination and less about a creative block. But who’s counting, right?

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? That’s such a hard question. Find your own path. Find the path, then walk it. Look around. Observe. Work. Enjoy the route.

What’s your dream project? I’d love to do something in a public space. I love Vancouver and I’d love to put a little stamp on it somewhere…

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