Creativity Over Consumption
The Local Project chat with Design Director Justin Hutchinson

As Design Director of Kett furniture, Justin Hutchinson is at the helm of a talented team of designers based in Melbourne’s creative suburb Brunswick. For Justin, each day is a new opportunity to bring balance to the many ideas that inform Kett’s collections.

His reductionist approach involves sketching, paring back, and building clarity in every piece. This process is guided by a commitment to honesty and truth to material, ensuring that each design is functional and beautiful.

“What brought me to designing was a love of problem solving, visual problem solving. Rather than consuming the object, you create the object. It’s a different sort of sensibility. I love tables, but drawing the table, interpreting a table in different ways, you process that desire. You’re being creative in the process, rather than consumptive”.

Justin’s sketches of the Forrest Armchair (also pictured right) and details of early weaving techniques 

Wye Chair (indoor) designed by Justin Hutchinson 

Recently, our good friends over at The Local Project caught up with Justin who shares his earliest creative inspirations driven by a passion for sneakers, his impressive body of work including founding his own brand Urban Commons and the unique approach he takes when creating timeless furniture for Australian brand Kett.

Read the full interview below. 

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