Friday, July 5, 2013
The new Justin Hermes Design Studio/Showroom is now open at 12 Logan Street, Adelaide.
The space primarily serves as a display area for our core designs, as well as our ever-evolving range of one-off creations and the occasional selected vintage piece.
The studio is open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 10am til 5pm, or by appointment.
The building at 12 Logan also hosts the studio of Floral Designer The Tenth Meadow, & the vintage wonderland that is The Props Dept warehouse.
While a love of animals is not compulsory, at least a tolerance of small Terriers will likely make your visit more enjoyable.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
A major part of my work is the search for the best reclaimed & salvaged timbers. More often than not, this timber comes from building demolition; beams, joists, floorboards, ready to be recycled and begin a new life as a table or bench. Increasingly, I am being contacted by people who have heard about a tree that is coming down, or has blown over, or dropped a huge branch. Often its by natural causes, sometimes the tree is sick, sometimes it is at the mercy of building development; we all know the drill. The loss of any tree is always sad, and it seems fitting that something useful and beautiful be done with its wood, to pay homage to its life.
An orchardist in the Adelaide Hills was removing a number of trees that no longer bear the fruit that they used to. It's a factor of farming that can be difficult to witness but the cycle of planting, growth, death and renewal is as old as civilization, and I had to remind myself that these apple trees are part of a crop, as much as tomatoes or potatoes. In any case, the farmer was keen to see if anything could be done with the wood so that it would not be wasted.
In the milky sunshine of a cold Hills winter day, with frozen toes, I salvaged some useful lengths from the fallen trees. The timber will be milled, and carefully air dried for a number of years before it can be used. Then sometime in the not-too-distant future there will sit a table, in a house, with a family around it, and that table will have started life in a sun-drenched valley in the Adelaide Hills. An homage paid.
The Tripod Table. A multi-purpose item - use it to rest a glass of wine by the fire, support a lamp, hold a basket in the bathroom. Get hold of a pair and pile up books by the bedside, perch small bottoms upon it, scatter them artfully around the place.
This is a design I've been playing around with for the better part of five years, and this recent revision has found a place in the new JHD range. A small selection is always available at the Logan Street studio/showroom. Two sizes, two heights, two finishes.