ADDRESS Interview with Nic Kirschner of Skilled Labour.

Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I design and make contemporary furniture with quality materials using traditional and modern joinery techniques.

Describe your creative process. I work mostly in my head. I’ll develop an idea or design and try my best to get it on paper in the form of some very rough sketches. The rest is figured out during the process of creating a prototype. The capabilities of myself and what I can produce in my studio also play a major roll in the designs. I’ve got to be able to make them.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? By continuing to make stuff. Too much time out of the shop can get me in a rut. I just need to get back in there and start making something, even if it’s something I’m not that excited about, just to get me going again. Maybe it’s the fumes.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Reach out to people, ask for advice. Even with processes, I think most people are happy to share.

What design trends are you excited about? I’m digging all the different materials people are experimenting with. Using ceramics and glass in unconventional ways for example. Also the whole bubbly, puffy thing going on, does it have a name? Who doesn’t love that?