Opus in Wood: Lyrical beauties

28 June 2021

Recycled solid timber may be Matthew Miles’ material of choice and he’s all for saving old growth forests, but his priorities are clear.

“Design comes first,” says the gifted Melburnian who also uses plywoods, veneers and new timbers if they suit his purposes.

The results live up to the name that the University of Canberra industrial design graduate chose for the company he established in 1999.

With their strong aesthetic appeal and exacting craftsmanship, including traditional joinery techniques, Opus in Wood’s furniture and decorative pieces qualify as functional works of art. Indeed, enduring ones, made to last for generations.

“Art Nouveau and Japanese styles have been strong influences,” says Matthew. “Among the pieces I’ll be showing at Furnitex will be an Art Deco cabinet, Moroccan-inspired carved screens and some of my lamps.

“I’m not interested in keeping up with trends. My interest is in the tradition of furniture as part of an ongoing dialogue – that is, pieces with which people feel they have a real relationship. I see myself as the local woodsmith.”

Find Opus in Wood on Stand G02E at Furnitex, 21-24 July 2011, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.


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