For this month's instalment of Studio Space I visited the amazing Kensington, Melbourne workshop of Like Butter, a design and fabrication business owned and run by industrial designer Jem Selig Freeman and sculptor Laura Woodward. You've probably seen their work around town, much of it made from ply &/or steel - they make quirky bookshelves, distinctive crates, stools, tables and more.

When I met Jem and Laura in around 2008 they worked from the basement of the Younghusband Woolstores (where I once had a studio). For the last 14 months they've been in a huge, light-filled space at the front of the same building complex.

Jem says he spends about 60 hours a week there, which doesn't surprise me - he's often posting Instagram updates of his creations at all times of the day or night. And what does a dream workspace look like? According to Jem, it would be "bright white with bags of natural light and amazing dust extraction". In the meantime, they look pretty well settled in their current space. I hope you enjoy taking a look around.

Jem's inspiration: Sonia Rentsch, Moth Design, Laura Woodward.

Like Butter:  Website | Instagram | 

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Like Butter's workshop exterior, on Elizabeth Street. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Like Butter's workshop exterior, on Elizabeth Street. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Tools of the trade. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Tools of the trade. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

So much ply. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

So much ply. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Great music set-up

Great music set-up

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Seats in the making. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Seats in the making. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

This is just part of the huge workshop. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

This is just part of the huge workshop. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

The welding area. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who still listens to a super old radio/cassette deck. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

The welding area. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who still listens to a super old radio/cassette deck. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Job sheets. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Job sheets. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Such great bright windows. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Such great bright windows. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Crates! Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Crates! Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Jem hard at work. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Jem hard at work. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Crate number 618. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Crate number 618. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Beware of cats. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Beware of cats. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Studio door. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Studio door. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

The Kensington station underpass, just around the corner. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

The Kensington station underpass, just around the corner. Photo by Susan Fitzgerald.

 

 

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