About the Work

Shelving, 2024
Tasmanian myrtle, walnut

This dry structure shelving system is held together by wedges without any adhesives. The process is akin to the circular economy philosophy of the arts and crafts movement. Inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian simplicity and organic shapes, Richard transforms his rough sketches into works of art and functional furniture.

About Richard Coles

Richard lives and works in Terranora, NSW. He has been making for more than 40 years, starting as an apprentice cabinet maker then studying wood and design at ANU’s Canberra School of Art. He established the Coles School of Wood, now Melbourne School of Fine Woodworking. His commissioned and exhibition pieces showcase outstanding Australian veneers and solid timber.

Image top: Richard Coles, Shelving, 2024. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist