Ben Percy believes great design is functional, beautiful, sustainable and also individual. Inspired by nature and driven by perfectionism, Ben’s biggest goal for his furniture is making people comfortable. His appreciation and understanding of the innate qualities of timber is palpable and his handcrafted furniture showcases both the timber and his adept skill at handling it. By analysing the grain, cut and tone of each board, each and every component is not only beautiful but serves a purpose—nothing is hidden. His furniture is a fluent expression of this process and it reflects his succinct design aesthetic that Ben defines as “clean lines and good bones.”
Ben has found a fine balance between making furniture and teaching the craft to others. “It’s not a career that you can disengage with when you leave the workshop at night,” he reflects. “You are constantly creating, seeking inspiration and learning. It’s your passion, your life.” Ben currently teaches furniture classes at Heartwood Creative Woodworking as well as teaching emerging furniture makers at Freshwater Senior Campus in Sydney.