Nick Kemp

If they were to make an action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
A magic wand. I’ve been using one for a while now. It’s more exciting than the verniers that are always on my desk.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your design life has taken?
I’m always looking for a new path, the best adventures are always the unplanned ones.

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I can see a use in things that other people would discard. Designers are usually good reconfigurators

What product or event inspired you to be a designer?
My first tool chest and I had my first design printed on 200 T shirts as a cub scout.
There’s always a thrill in seeing someone own one of your designs. Nathan have you still got that tattoo?

If you could go back in time and become the designer of any existing item, what would you choose?
André Jacob Roubo and his 17C workbench, it remains the template for a workbench. It’s strong, no frills and built for work.

Next time you’re out shopping in a uber trendy fashion store, stop and have a look under the clothes on display and think what artisans have made on that benchtop.