You know how much we love Australian design at Gingerfinch, so we are THRILLED to introduce the fabulous work of Kieran Meegan and Rickie-lee Robbie - AKA Idle Hands.
Keiran is a metal fabricator by trade and was working in naval shipbuilding at BAE in Williamstown, Melbourne. In 2015, the shipyard was shut down and everyone was made redundant. Faced with enormous disappointment and finding himself at a crossroads, Keiran and his partner Rickie decided to use the change as an opportunity to try something new.
Idle Hands is the outcome - a creative workshop focused on furniture and product design based on Keiran and Rickie's shared aesthetic and passion for creativity. We sat down with Keiran and Rickie to find out more about this clever and talented couple!
How do you like to spend your downtime?
Rickie and I don’t have a huge amount of downtime at the moment, mostly
because we have a toddler and a small business. During lockdown, a lot of our
downtime has involved drinking wine while eating meals delivered by our
favourite local restaurants.
When we do get some proper downtime, we usually spend it doing things
like listening to records, watching documentaries, drawing and baking/cooking
Keiran: "our first product – the Jex Vinyl Stand, is also our most popular. I designed Jex because I had my own records and I wanted to be able to display the album artwork. We are really appreciative that the vinyl community has gotten behind it, we’ve sold them internationally to every continent (except Antarctica). I still get a kick out of knowing that there are so many of these objects, that I made by hand, all over the world."
What’s the favourite part of your home and why?
[Keiran] My favourite part of our home is the backyard. It’s a secluded nook which we’ve spent some time planting up. It’s becoming a lush space where we can relax and is especially good on a sunny day.
[Rickie] I love being in the kitchen, we are about to renovate our place - the current kitchen is old and small - and I love cooking so it’s where I like to spend my time. We also have a killer view of the city from our kitchen window, it’s great to look out at the different times of the day and see the city change depending on the light and weather.
What are 3 things you do to leave the earth in a better state than when you arrived?
We only buy things that we really need that we are going to keep for a long time.
We always try to buy local/ethical in both the business and personally and we get things repaired, like our tools, rather than replacing them.
We make our furniture with quality mind, creating pieces that we know will last.
We also recently started offsetting Idle Hands carbon emissions through Green Fleet Australia who plant biodiverse native forests in Australia and New Zealand.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Travel the world before 2020!
Keiran: "As a metal fabricator, most of my inspiration comes from the materiality and possibilities of steel. I enjoy finding a simple, effective solution for making an object that is strong, aesthetic and functional. Outside of that, the shapes and forms I’m most drawn to are usually architectural."
What is your superpower?
[Kieran] I’m quite good at seeing the big picture and keeping things in perspective, while Rickie has excellent attention to detail and works through things methodically – I think our superpowers combined are what make us a good team!