SOUP & SAUCE LADLE

PATRICK SENIOR, SOUP & SAUCE LADLE, 1993

HUON PINE, EBONY, LEATHER
SAUCE 390(L) x 95(Ø) mm & SOUP 320(L) x 75(Ø) mm

THE WORK

Patrick Senior says that the design for the ladle evolved from a desire to make a wooden spoon utilising timber off-cuts. The off-center turning of the hollow of the spoon gives it a fine edge for scooping and is pleasing to the eye. The Ebony locking pin was chosen to provide contrast to the Huon Pine but without the need to introduce another material.

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