Time for Reflection

Well it’s been quite a while since I put pen to paper/finger to keyboard! But all I can say is that it has been an epic eight months since my last post, so you will have to excuse me but I thought this might be a good time for reflection on the year gone by…… Read on »

Believe In Me

I’m extremely pleased to announce that my business Tane Furniture Design has been successful in receiving a small business grant from the City of Melbourne. The money will go a long way to moving me into more suitable surroundings but aside from monetary benefits the fact that a major investors believe in me, my company… Read on »

Leaf Blowers – A metaphor for human mentality?

Well I hope not! Can I start by saying I absolutely hate leaf blowers. As a professional Industrial Designer, I feel they are one of the worst products that my profession has inflicted on the world. They are noisy, a complete waste of energy/fuel and serve little purpose except to move a ‘problem’ from one place… Read on »

Milan Furniture Fair 2013 – A True Experience

In August 2012 I was selected to exhibit my furniture designs in the Salone Satellite, part of the Milan Furniture Fair 2013. This news was met with instant delight as it was something I had been working towards physically since starting my business in May 2012 and mentally since first visiting the show in 2000. Every… Read on »

The Price of Carbon

This short video, narrated by comedian and musician Reggie Watts, underscores the high cost we are all already paying for carbon pollution. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY-ZnpWbJdw?feature=player_embedded&w=640&h=360] From Superstorm Sandy to soaring temperatures in Australia, ongoing drought that has parched more than 60% of the U.S., and flooding from hurricanes around the world, we are experiencing the consequences… Read on »

School in The Cloud – TED Talk

Wow! It’s not every day that something stops you completely in your tracks…………. I have been watching various TED talks this week and this is the best of them all. It is by Dr Sugata Mitra, who turns education and the way we think about it completely on its head. The talk is only 20… Read on »

The Choice Starts With Us- Eco Buying

I just had a fantastic conversation with my dad, which has prompted me to write this post……… Yesterday I was in a well known office stationary supplier looking for a pack of paper. Faced with a huge wall full of options I started to look closer. The paper started nearest the counter with the cheapest… Read on »

10 Things Every Designer Should Do at Least Once in Their Career?

I just stumbled on this blog entry from the Core 77 website and it really struck a chord with my career to date. In 2012 I set up my own design studio, thirteen years after graduating with the intention to start instantly! Why did this process take so long you may ask? I think confidence… Read on »

Hit the ground running

Well, where did 2012 go? I’m sure we are all asking similar questions! I seem to ask myself this type of question every year and I have come to the conclusion there is only one thing to do, hit the ground running and get cracking as soon as possible in 2013. On reflection 2012 was… Read on »

a step in the right direction

All at Tane Furniture Design are very pleased to read about this historic move by the Australian Government, criminalising the import of timber products from illegal sources. We firmly support the use of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) sourced timber in all our products from prototype through to production. This report from WWF is taken from… Read on »