Luke Batten is an emerging American craftsman.
He creates handmade contemporary 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.
Awards & Recognition
Design Quarterly magazine, issue 52 group feature. (Australia)
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)
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)
Melbourne Fringe Festival, Make It True furniture exhibition. (Melbourne, Australia)
Usfolk magazine, UsFolk magazine launch & exhibition. (Canberra, Australia)
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)
Design Institute of Australia Awards, 3rd place, Industrial Design Graduate of the Year. (Sydney, Australia)
University of Canberra, Bachelor’s degree graduate exhibition series. (Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne, Australia)
Design Institute of Australia Awards, Industrial Design Merit Award. (Canberra, Australia)
University of Canberra, Golden Key International Honour Society. (Canberra, Australia)
Material defines my work. It determines structure, joinery and aesthetics. Since wood is a product of nature, each section and species of is uniquely different and therefore requires individual consideration.
Crafting a piece of furniture is the integrated accomplishment of many small processes. The quality of each subsequent process relies on the quality of the previous. Designing and making with my own hands is intimate, affording a tailored process and a crafted furniture piece.
Craftsmanship and Value
Traditional hand cut joinery is seldom fast and rarely simple. However, the true cost of a hand-crafted product lies far beyond the finished piece. Its value rests within me, the craftsman and my years of personal development, material knowledge, skill acquisition, and my design failures and triumphs.
(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)
(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)
(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)