Duncan Meerding

South Hobart, Tasmania

Designer, craftsman

This furniture designer’s fascination with light and form, and the highly tactile nature of his carefully crafted work, reflects the sensory world he inhabits. Being legally blind, Duncan has less than 5% vision concentrated around the periphery. Duncan says his work is a reminder of humankind’s intrinsic connection with nature, which is why he uses sustainably sourced timber for his furniture and lighting designs. One piece in particular, the cracked log light, has been acclaimed both locally and internationally. Duncan’s AMP Tomorrow Fund grant helped him show his wares at the influential Messe Frankfurt Light + Building 2016 trade show: “It is important to show that someone with severely impaired vision can succeed in the visual arts and create a career for themselves.”