David Herbert

Ross Thompson — Liquor Cabinet


Born into a family of makers, creatives and doers, Ross began his craft at a young age, working with his father in the shed of their Ballarat home.  These formative moments exposed Ross to the allure of wood, the potential of the hand-made and satisfaction of a job well done. An apprenticeship in Furniture Making gave Ross the grounding for his craft yet there was a tension between the way he saw the world and the traditional one that beckoned him should he choose to use his newly acquired skills for a career. These restless instincts led to travel adventures through America and Europe and into a Bachelor of Contemporary Music. It was during these studies that Ross was exposed to the power of creativity for self-expression, regardless of medium or message. 

These experiences stirred within him a new creative clarity and confidence and it wasn’t long before he was back to where it all began, picking up the tools and shaping his ideas into expressive modern furniture.

This marked a turning point for Ross, putting aside the conventions of his past and articulating an approach reflective of his own journey. Ross sets out to merge the world of the traditional furniture maker, with its intricate joins and processes, with that of the designer, creating aesthetically minded pieces that display strong creative intent.

Exuding mid-century style and a minimalist influence from Japanese and Bauhaus design principles, each Ross Thompson piece has an inbuilt intent or idea to express. “Everything that is added to my pieces is done with intent. Each element is there because I have decided it should be, not because someone else said so,” explains Ross. “Ultimately, I want to create simple, considered and confident furniture with meaning. Pieces that create a connection with those who integrate them into their home and lifestyle.”

Ross uses traditional and modern joinery techniques to bring his work to life. Materials are sourced from small, bespoke timber mills ensuring that the saw-miller can personally attest to the life of the tree and its placement within the environment.

A Ross Thompson piece brings atmosphere to any room, speaking to its considered beginnings and welcoming a human connection for years to come.



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