Martha Sturdy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 February, 2006, 12:00am

Vancouver-based designer Martha Sturdy uses resin, brass and steel to make big furniture. She says her sense of harmony has been inspired by her travels in East and Southeast Asia.

'There shouldn't be a lot of items in a room,' Sturdy says. 'I think it's important to edit. So many people make one corner of the room look really pretty then make another look really pretty. But they don't look at the big picture. What you need is one or two special pieces and the rest can be background music. If you have a lot of things happening, it just adds to the confusion.'

Once you have calm in a room, should you leave it alone?

'You should never leave your environment the same. Move things around every couple of months. Each time I move my Buddha head, I see it from a different point of view and appreciate it anew. Everyone has special things and, by moving things, you're stimulating yourself, and appreciating the things you've collected. You can look at something and not see it any more.'

You've been working with resin for 25 years. What's the attraction?

'I just love the colour, which you can't get in any other material, except perhaps glass, but that's very fragile. Resin has a special quality. It has the translucency that lets light through, which makes it not as aggressive or as dominant as wood. If you scratch resin you can sandpaper it and it looks new again. There are very few people who play with resin, and the more you play with something the more you understand how it works.

Martha Sturdy is in Hong Kong, Feb 22-23, as a guest of Lane Crawford, IFC, which is featuring her signature line of furniture. Inquiries: 2118 3009