Five Questions With Corner Block Studio


Image features Anesbury Book Frame – Handmade by Corner Block Studio

Corner Block Studio‘s gorgeous timber book frames are a wonderfully innovated idea.  We are so delighted that Natalie Lane, the Founder, Designer and Maker of Corner Block Studio, will be debuting her clever designs at our Brisbane SS15 Market on the 7th and 8th November.  

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Sunny Brisbane has always been home and it’s here that I founded Corner Block Studio in 2015.  My label is a combination of personal passions; it stemmed from an impulse to make things by hand, an urge to turn ideas into tangible objects and the desire to work with materials that respect our environment and all things wild.

Who inspires you and your creative process?
The first version of a new design is often created as a gift, so giving to friends and family is an ongoing source of inspiration.

Before I started Corner Block Studio, I studied Product Design and worked as an Industrial Designer.  I have a methodical approach to the creative process, which was encouraged by my high school manual arts teacher and my university studio tutor.  ‘Methodical’ and ‘creative’ might sound like an odd couple, but for me it’s a process of problem solving and critical thinking that turns a concept into a finished design.


Image features Anesbury Book Frame – Handmade by Corner Block Studio


Image features Anesbury Book Frame – Handmade by Corner Block Studio

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Corner Block Studio this year.
It’s springtime right now and my first product is about to gain two new siblings!  I couldn’t resist developing a few new ideas, despite the long list of nitty-gritty tasks that come with establishing a start up.  I’m pumped to be offering a complete collection and will enjoy announcing their release to my supportive newsletter and Instagram followers.  I’m glad to say that these new designs will be in my debut stall at the Finders Keepers Brisbane SS15 market this November!

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Sustainably sourced timber.  I adore the natural, timeless beauty of this material.  I also adore Australia’s bushland and am determined to choose timber that does not threaten these natural spaces.  My first collection of frames is made from recycled Australian hardwoods that have been salvaged from demolition projects such as homes, wharves and wool sheds.


Image features Natalie in her studio


Image features Anesbury Book Frame – Handmade by Corner Block Studio & Natalie in her studio

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.
I’m still pretty jolly about inventing the Anesbury Book Frame; a clever minimalist frame for displaying books, open on your wall.  It adjusts to support magazines, coffee table books, novels, cookbooks, sketchbooks, photo albums…you see where I am going.  Each frame is handcrafted in my home studio and workshop.  The aesthetic is minimal and timeless, letting the book take the focus.  I hope they will be cherished and enjoyed for a mighty long time as you switch your display to match your ever evolving taste and interests.


Image features Anesbury Book Frame – Handmade by Corner Block Studio

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