Work Table, 2021

waxed aluminum


Work Table considers the untethering of work from production. Eliciting the contradictory and complementary necessities of creativity – vulnerability/support, freedom/structure – the piece looks to soften workbench typologies through subtle nuances in materiality and form. 

Made of custom-formed 1/4” aluminum plate, the unique shaping process allows the material to hold soft radii. A waxed aluminum finish adds texture, inviting touch and allowing for an intimate, gentle demeanour. 

Ette is the design practice of Kate Richard. 

Detached from mass production, Ette tethers its practice to place, materiality, and the personal.  Where, when and who materials belong to compose the narratives of each piece.  

The domestic space, comprising the physical and emotional shelters we build, is where this work’s considerations are centred. Interested in how these spaces relate to material culture–the creation, distribution, collection of objects and examining the realm of the interior through experimentations in form and corporeality. In the liminal space between art and design, it is a contemplation of everyday life.

Working in a range of design applications including full-service interior design, custom furniture and hardware, and creative direction.