Duncan Young

Duncan Young is a furniture maker and climbing arborist currently working as an Associate at the JamFactory in Adelaide, Australia. Young’s design practice is deeply tied to his work climbing trees, a connection and appreciation which he hopes to share through his furniture. He works to save trees from the mulch pile and instead make them into pieces of fine furniture. Young has exhibited across Australia in 2020 and won awards at both Craft Victoria and the Australian Design Centre.

For his piece, Young focused on the materiality of timber, and how this organic material can help us connect with nature while confined at home. ‘For those in dense urban environments, lockdowns have impacted our physical and mental strength by limiting the biological need humans have for being in outdoor spaces,’ he says.