Thursday, 19 February 2009

designer mark tuckey











One of my favourite features in a recent Inside Out was the house of Mark Tuckey. (I grabbed the pic of his home from Lucy's feature about it on The Design Files.) One of the things I loved about their home was that it was a rental! So there's hope for everyone who wants to inject personality into their spaces. The feature was to also herald Mark's arrival in Sydney - as he and his family have relocated from Melbourne, and they've set up a beautiful shop in Newport.

Which five words best describe you? Passionate, energetic, tireless, focused, direct.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? Opening gates as a child for my father. He was a vet and I went out to farms with him. My path has been to have a life where I engage in things I would do anyway if I was not doing them for money. Specifically this means creating things... having ideas and creating them... the process of inception to fruition with tangible results is addictive and fun to me.
What’s your proudest achievement? Realising what would constitute a satisfying life (after having a massive catharsis) and actually achieving it... oh, also having happy kids with a big vocabulary.
What’s been your best decision? Working with timber: it's organic, challenging and versatile.
Who inspires you? All the people who create, nature itself, my wife Louella (she is saint-like).
What are you passionate about? The ocean, my children, my wife, my business and life itself, nature. You can never know all there is to know, it's a wonderland, the human brain: it's the most incredible creation.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Listen to my wife.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Einstein.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? The ongoing dream of having a healthy relationship with my wife and kids, continuing to create things is in there
What are you reading? Emails, interior design mags, manuals for the equipment that runs our boat and stuff on the net.

Images courtesy of Mark Tuckey

2 comments:

lisa tilse said...

I love Mark's work and his home (which I saw in Inside Out). Thanks for this interview Natalie, he sounds like a lovely man.

Natalie Walton said...

Thanks, Lisa. And, yes, after just walking around a gift fair where all-too-many products are made in China it's refreshing to see Australian designed and made products.

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