ADDRESS Interview with Kate Duncan.

Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I’m a furniture designer and 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 into the world 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.

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.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Work. And then work harder. There’s no magic or mystery. It’s just old fashioned elbow grease.

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

What art / design trends are you excited about? I’m using a lot of leather veneer in my work. Leather veneer headboards and leather lined drawers. I’ve been working with it more and more lately. It’s such a luxurious material. I really like the contrast between the grain of the leather and the grain of the wood. So sexy.