Melbourne based designer Dale Hardiman (b.1990) began his first collaborative studio (LAB DE STU) during the second year of his studies at RMIT in furniture design. In his honours year of Industrial Design, Hardiman founded his furniture and object brand, Dowel Jones.
Hardiman’s practice simultaneously focuses on items of mass-production for his brand Dowel Jones, and singular works under his own name that focus on more conceptually based ideas. Hardiman’s theoretical enquiry into design explores the localisation of the production of objects and is manifested in his chosen materials and overall practice.
In 2013, Hardiman, alongside curator Suzannah Henty, initiated his first curatorial endeavour. The exhibition, OBJECT FUTURE, is an annual survey that focuses specifically on contemporary Australian design. The exhibition traverses a combination of mass-produced works and one-off pieces – the heart of the project being to support designed outcomes with intellectual foundations.
Hardiman has won numerous artistic and design awards and regularly exhibits nationally and internationally.
Hardiman’s studio currently resides in a rubber factory in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.
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