Friday, November 16, 2007

Ryan Frank - Furniture Designer

How old are you?

What’s your occupation and who do you work for?
A free-range furniture designer working for myself

How long have been doing this?
2.5 years

What is it about your job that makes it ethical?
All my furniture I design has some form of eco-sensitivity in the materials and processes I use.
I'm pretty keen on reclamation at the moment.

What’s the best bit about your job?
Sketching ideas in the park on a sunny day

What’s the worst thing?
Getting a call from my accountant

What have the last 12 months been like for you?
mad, superb, Brilliant…. and busy

What were you doing before this?
Working as a 3d artist in the computer games industry.

What was your very first full-time job?
A product designer in Holland.

What advice would you give to someone wishing to embark on the same sort of work as you?
Make sure you have lots of fun

Have you got any plans for the next 12 months you’d like to share with us?
Searching for a chunk of land in the mountains in Spain, so I can start to build my (all ready designed) straw bale house.

What do you do to relax?
Go rock climbing, gardening and wood carving.

Who do you live with?
2 of my pals…..Will and Orlando

Whereabouts do you live?
Hackney….where most of London's designers seem to end up….brilliant

If you were Prime Minister, what’s the very first thing you would do?
No more filthy combustion engines please….

As cheap and easily available oil is expect to run out in the next couple of decades, what do you think will be the predominant form of transport in 2027?
I would be very happy if it was cycle or solar powered.

Have you got any guilty carbon secrets?
Too many long haul flights to the southern hemisphere…. Is any body working on eco-aviation btw?

What have you done that you were most proud of?
A recent visit to Buckingham Palace for a reception with the Queen and a couple of Dukes was pretty cool.

What single issue are you most concerned about in the world at large?
Relentless cutting down of tropical forests….ouch!

Which person in the public eye do you most admire and why?
Larry Harvey …founder of the Burning Man festival….best gig in the world

What’s your website address?

What are your three favourite other websites of the moment?
Google and google maps…..always lost

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