Before Nicole Lawrence was an industrial designer and furniture maker she was a textile producer, lighting designer and trained silversmith. But no matter her title, she has always been a hand-crafter.
‘Manufacturing processes drive my design direction,’ she says. We first met Nicole when she was crafting pleated bags under the brand Three Fold Studio, working with a local pleater that had been in business for 86 years. She originally studied Gold and Silversmithing at NMIT Trade School, later going on to study Industrial Design at RMIT. For the past six years, she has also been working with major local lighting designer Christopher Boots. It’s safe to say that Nicole knows her stuff!
After releasing her own cult status double-headed table lamp in collaboration with jeweller Seb Brown in 2018, this range of curvy, colourful steel shelves and tables is the latest manifestation of Nicole’s manufacturing-led design approach.