"When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for."- John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Profile A fascination and passion for the environment, nature, hands on design and making, are the driving forces behind Duncan Villet's work and journey. Duncan's work combines techniques which see history, traditional craft and contemporary design converge to produce beautiful and original fine furniture and timeless timber frame shelters. His extensive training has included studying at the Rowden Atelier Furniture School in the UK and the Heartwood School of Homebuildingin North America, He has worked alongside some exceptionally talented and inspirational craftspeople and designers, such as Khai Liew Designs of Adelaide, South Australia. Duncan established 'Villet Design' in 2002 while based in Brighton, UK, then relocated the business to Adelaide, Australia from 2006-2018. He is now based in Wadebridge, Cornwall where he runs his woodworking studio and design practice.
‘It is my objective to design and make with the notions of timelessness, longevity, form and function in mind, working with nature rather than against, honouring the beauty of timber and the tree from which it came. All combined with careful attention to quality and detail. I hope my work will bring a lifetime of joy to its users and future generations, with a minimum impact on the environment’. Exhibitions & Publications 2011 Aptos Cruz Gallery, Stirling, South Australia. ‘Wood Knot Wood So’ exhibition. 2011 Australian Collector’s Magazine. Article. 2011 Carbatec Focus magazine, edition 9. Article.