CUBIST MILL & SALT CELLAR WITH SPOON

PATRICK SENIOR, CUBIST MILL & SALT CELLAR WITH SPOON, 1999

HUON PINE, GOLDEYWOOD, STAINLESS STEEL

MILL: 160(H) x 57(W) x 57(D) mm DISH: 25(H) x 58(W) x 58(D) mm SPOON: 7.5(H) x 12(W) x 65(D) mm

THE WORK

The Cubist pepper mill is one of a series of mills designed by Patrick Senior that includes cylindrical and ovaloid versions within the range. The design evolved by chance from the many hours Patrick spends working with pieces of timber manufacturing the Indeco range of products.

The salt dish and spoon are a satisfying and functional solution to Patrick’s dissatisfaction with saltshakers and grinders and complement the pepper mill. They add to the overall impression of simplicity achieved by clean lines and the absence of decoration or unnecessary detail. The piece is finished with Danish oil applied by hand.

THE DESIGNER

Patrick obtained an Associate Diploma (Wood) in 1987, followed by five years experience working as a cabinetmaker. In 1992 Patrick and Mieke Loncin-Senior established Indeco (a contraction of Innovative Design Company). Patrick designs and makes the Indeco range in their workshop in the Tamar River area, while Mieke takes care of marketing and packaging.

Indeco focuses on a range of kitchenware that includes ladles, cheese boards, pepper/salt/herb and spice mills. Distinguished by their clean lines and the absence of unnecessary detail, Patrick’s designs exhibit a rare balance between functionality, aesthetic appeal and affordability. Much of his work is notable for an absence of applied finishes, allowing the bare wood to be seen, felt and smelt.

“. . . I place great importance on creating clean simple designs without adornment or embellishment and seeking beauty from line and proportion.”

Born: 1952, Launceston, Tasmania

Training: Associate Diploma (Wood), Tasmanian State Institute of Technology, 1987