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EST. 1949

Gidon Bing

Maker Gidon Bing works from a boat shed on the Orakei inlet in Auckland.

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less.

I’m a full-time sculptor with a focus on essential, expressive and pure form. I use a lot of traditional techniques such as Japanese wood bending, and wood and plaster turning. I also design and produce a modest range of lighting, furniture and homeware.

You work in a boatshed. What's better, high or low tide?

High tide – especially the king tides in summer.

You’ve worked in plywood, metal, ceramics. What ties them together?

Their capacity to be simultaneously utilitarian and everyday yet at the same time tactile and refined.

What are you working on now?

A design for a small modular mountain house, a ceramic studio fitout, a bunch of new ceramic objects, some sculptures including some polished copper wall reliefs, some embossed prints and a big batch of home-grown/cured olives.

What was the last thing you got from Gubb & Mackie and why did you choose it?

A fine check shirt because of its clean classical cut and lack of superfluous detailing.