At the age of 18, Duncan Meerding began losing his sight. In 2005, he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition that left him legally blind within 12 months. Now, he retains 5% of his vision in his peripheries.
Despite this ordeal, this didn’t stop him from appreciating the beauty of wilderness in Tasmania. In fact, he graduated from the University of Tasmania with a degree in furniture design.
Inspired by outback wilderness, the furniture designer uses light in his creations to help him convey how he sees the world. Meerding’s most popular creation, the cracked log lamp, emits soft warm light from its cracks.
“My furniture is obviously influenced by my vision impairment but I want it to be nice to look at, nice to touch. I don’t want it to be bought out of sympathy but because it is good.”
Watch the blind artist’s video below.
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