Luke Batten

About

Meet the maker

Biography

Luke Batten is an emerging American craftsman.

He creates contemporary handmade furniture from locally sourced materials.

Luke’s philosophy is defined by his Design education and Woodwork training. Luke is process driven, material focused and user-centered. His work emphasizes quality, authenticity and craftsmanship.

Luke’s work has received national recognition through awards, exhibitions and competitions including the Design Institute of Australia, Green Magazine, Design Quarterly magazine, You Are Here Festival, Launch Pad, Melbourne Fringe Furniture Exhibition, Workshopped furniture exhibition, Australian International Furniture Fair and Vivid furniture exhibition.

Physical press

Design Quarterly

(2016) Design Quarterly Magazine, Issue 52, Pages 100-101.

(on using a shared workshop to produce my work) “...and at times raw, exchange of ideas. This facilitates critical reflection of my own work, further develops my own processes...”

— Sophia Watson (2016)

Green Magazine

(2014) Green Magazine, Issue 37, Page 10.

“...founder of contant mechanics. Apprently he was pretty good at spreading the load - and so is this striking, strong and flat-packable chair.”

— Jenny Lyon (2014)

UsFolk Magazine

(2013) UsFolk Magazine, Issue 4, Pages 51-54.

“...the Hertzian Chair and the Cartesian Stool. Both Designs explore the contrast between the flexibility and rigidity of the material they are made from. They are beautiful, functional, sophisticated and challenge our preconceptions of wooden furniture.”

— Juliette Dudley (2013)

Awards & Recognition

2016

Design Quarterly magazine, issue 52 group feature. (Australia)

2015

Gallery Of Australian Design, 'Process' solo exhibition.  (Canberra, Australia)

Australian International Furniture Fair, Vivid furniture exhibition.  (Melbourne, Australia)

Australian Government, the Department of the Treasury, Secretary’s Budget Awards.  (Canberra, Australia)

Australian National University, Untitled Photography Exhibition.  (Canberra, Australia)

2014

Melbourne Fringe Festival, Living Traces furniture exhibition. (Melbourne, Australia)

Workshopped 14, Clean Slate furniture exhibition. (Sydney, Australia)

Launch Pad 2014, furniture exhibition & awards (shortlist). (Melbourne, Australia)

Green Magazine, issue 37 feature. (Australia)

You Are Here Festival, Paste-ups exhibition. (Canberra, Australia)

Australian Government, the Department of the Treasury, Secretary’s Australia Day Award. (Canberra, Australia)

2013

Melbourne Fringe Festival, Make It True furniture exhibition. (Melbourne, Australia)

Usfolk magazine, UsFolk magazine launch & exhibition. (Canberra, Australia)

2011

Workshopped 11, Self-titled furniture exhibition. (Sydney, Australia)

Australian National University, Masters degree graduate exhibition. (Canberra, Australia)

Australian National University, Helmut Lueckenhausen Prize for Furniture. (Canberra, Australia)

Australian National University, Graduate Materials Prize. (Canberra, Australia)

2008

Design Institute of Australia Awards, 3rd place, Industrial Design Graduate of the Year. (Sydney, Australia)

2007

University of Canberra, Bachelor’s degree graduate exhibition series. (Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne, Australia)

2006

Design Institute of Australia Awards, Industrial Design Merit Award. (Canberra, Australia)

2005

University of Canberra, Golden Key International Honour Society. (Canberra, Australia)