This media cabinet encapsulates David Muston’s aim ‘to make useful and beautiful modernist furniture where function stimulates ideas for form’.

For David, simplicity and understatement are priorities. He feels that furniture should complement its surroundings without intruding or dominating, remaining almost unnoticed until it attracts close inspection. His ‘less but better’ philosophy also drives him to revere the forests, by using their timber preciously, reverently and sparingly.

For this cabinet, he selected Tasmanian celery top pine as a contrast to the mainly black electronic items it is designed to hold.

David contrasts his career as a doctor with developing his skill as a fine furniture maker. He considers his workshop as a ‘refuge to recharge and refresh’ from the intensity and gravity of his long medical career. Finding inspiration through repeated visits to Denmark, Finland and Japan, he also greatly values creative exchange across disciplines. And has spoken of the privilege of creating furniture and joinery for influential Australian architect Glenn Murcutt.

Media Cabinet, 2021
Celery top pine, birch plywood
570 x 1600 x 400mm

Image top: David Muston, Media Cabinet, 2021 Photo: Courtesy of the artist