When designing, what superpower would you like to have?
The ability to fly — it would be a brilliant way to blow off steam while waiting for the hot-melt glue gun to heat up.
Which of your designs would you choose to survive a zombie attack?
The Rushcutters Bench. It’s probably the piece I put the most work into, so I’m quite invested in its survival.
If you could go to dinner with a designer, who would you go with?
Leonardo De Vinci. Apparently he was a lot of fun, and I would also like to show him YouTube videos of hang-gliders, helicopters, man walking on the moon etc.
Would you prefer to travel to the future or to the past?
The past! It would be a toss-up between seeing how the Incas cut stone and finding out how the pyramids were built.
In what influential period of design would you like to be born?
Probably the Renaissance — I really admire the ability of people in this period to make things by hand.
How would you describe yourself in 3 adjectives?
Interested, outspoken, right (haha)
If you wrote a book, what name would you put it?
‘James Howe’s baseless theories pertaining to science, nature and human psychology’
If you could learn to do something new, what would you choose?
The art of keeping a room tidy.
What is the last book you have read?
Feeling Good by David Burns — it changed my life, so I have rammed it down the throats of all my friends.
What could we find in your garbage basket?
Egg shells, Almond Magnum wrappers, plastic toys.
What is the best memory of your childhood?
Camping in the forest at Mt Crawford with all my cousins. By far.
What is the rarest object in your room?
An old hand-painted plaster statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, which belonged to my grandmother.
What is your favorite conversation topic?
Psychology — I manage to bring every conversation around to it, usually in less than a minute.
If you could stay your whole life with the same age, what would it be?
My current age, 35. I fear it’s all down-hill from here.
What do you value most in the design of a furniture wheel?
What if you had to design an object to put wheels what would it be?
A planter — moving your plants around is a great way to freshen up a room.
James Howe, Australia.
Furniture and object designer with a motivation born from the desire to create beautiful and innovative furniture. His pieces always break new ground, using materials in novel ways and reinventing old crafts. A minimalist, James Howe draws inspiration from what he observes in nature, city landscapes, and utilitarian man-made objects.
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Petra Side Tables