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Throughout 2020 home has become a more familiar place for most of us, being able to watch the fall of the light at times that you would usually be elsewhere. The Hallway Table is a simple, light and welcoming design, which is the last thing you see before heading out and the thing that guides you back to your home. It’s the lens through which we begin the transition from out to in. It is designed with utility in mind, a place for your keys, your mail, a plant reaching for the light. With its small footprint and simple design, you can still feel a sense of space in the sometimes tight entrance-ways of our homes. It’s the familiar piece we see on our return.
IMAGE > Michael Seddon, Hallway Table, 2021, blackwood, American oak, celery top pine and brass, 75 x 96 x 35 cm
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Lockdown has changed the way we've lived in our spaces, creating work, leisure, relaxation and learning spaces where there wasn't any of this before. Home furniture has become more valuable as a form of space and function for your home.
Spending time at home has allowed me to be more flexible in my practice, using materials that are available and utilising processes that are accessible. I have been lucky enough to still be able to continue my studies, currently in the final semester of Furniture Design at RMIT. This has offered some welcome structure to lockdown life.
On one of my many local walks of late I noticed a series of bench seats that inhabit our local park that were put in in the 80's. They're still going strong and still serving their purpose. As new reincarnations pop up in other parks, these big chucky wood seats stand out and create spaces for people.
From the stool at our bench we have spent many a night cooking, drinking, dancing and planning. From that perch you can look out south to the front or north to the redgums that frame our view.
These two couches have followed us around through many moves and are the thing that makes it feel like home. They were both free and took some patience and practicality to get home tied to the roof of an old Ford Laser. These armchairs bring some colour and personality to our house and are very easy to sink into with a book.
I've taken to a cheeky Friday afternoon knockoff with a Negroni on the deck looking out at the trees. Campari, Sweet Vermouth and Gin in equal measure with a twist of orange peel. Perfect.