The Days of Our Lives: Nick Rennie, happy finish design

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In The Days of Our Lives we meet some fascinating and creative folk and take a look at what their typical day holds. Far from being about the mundane, it is a celebration of what it takes to juggle the day-to-day with big ideas, a successful business and a full home life. It’s about keeping all the balls in the air – what is important and what isn’t. It’s about (extra)ordinary moments that fill our every day.

Remember my beautiful brass earrings? Well this week, we meet the incredibly talented fellow behind them, Nick Rennie from happy finish design. His single-minded focus on creating products that are precise, simple and above all else meant to be enjoyed, sees Nick working with local and elite European furniture, lighting and product manufacturers.

From online inspiration sources and exercising to relax his thought process, to sharing the design process with enlivening friends and creating his ‘naname’ jewellery collection, this is a day in Nick’s life.

7.50 am

Wake up to a nice refreshing breeze as opposed to the oppressing heat from the night before. Check emails on my phone, before jumping out of bed to get the papers.

8.00 am

Breakfast and a sit down to the catch up on the news on tv and a quick scan through The Age.

8.15 am

Switch on the computer and do a full run down on emails filtering through over night. Then its on to my morning inspiration though updates to my ever expanding list of blogs. Sadly always in the same order… Design Boom,  Core77, Dezeen, Daily Tonic, MOCO LOCO, materialicious, and NOTCOT to name a few…

9.00 am

Bookmarks the links that blow me away and then forward them on to a friend to receive comments in return. A bit of a morning ritual.

9.10 am

Get back to the emails I need to respond to, knowing that if I don’t do it now, I’ll forget until the evening.

9.30 am

Time to get stuck in to work. Currently the main objective is finishing my latest book of work to take away to Milan in a few weeks for the furniture fair. Sitting on 180 pages, I’ve been doing it now for the last seven years, including stories by close friend Nick Lord (words.for.hire) loosely inspired on the initial ideas of where the ideas originated from.

11.30 am

Head out to Burwood to pick up a new selection of samples of the ‘naname’ jewellery collection with different plating finishes. Looking at offering something a little different to the original brass designs

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1 pm

Lunch time. Avocado, feta and pesto on beautiful sourdough bread.

1.15 pm

Jump in the car and head down to my workshop to make some more prototypes of a wooden children’s toy I have been playing with for a company in Japan. Have a meeting in Tokyo in a few weeks, so need to get them perfect.

I love heading down there, as it give me a chance to work with my hands and make things, although I always end up getting sidetracked by annoying good friend Jim Moody from Moody Drums who makes the most beautiful sounding solid wood drum kits. He really is a true craftsman.

4.30 pm

Exercise time – I always take a break at this time each day to clear the mind and hurt my body! I find it’s a great way to let my thought process relax and strangely enough answers seem to appear. Today it’s a run down near the tan. But no solutions present themselves. Just a world of pain!!

5.45 pm

Back home to check any incoming emails from the start of the working day in Europe. Respond to those that need urgent attention.

6.00 pm

Good friend and designer, Nina Provan, pops around to see the new jewellery samples. She has the most wonderful sense of design, and the ongoing conversation we have has become one of the most enjoyable parts of my work as a designer.

The finishes are gold plating, silver plating and black chrome plating. We make a decision together on which ones to add to the online store.

6.30 pm

Time to start cooking dinner – Mushroom and pancetta risotto tonight.

7.00 pm

Sit down to eat and catch the last half of SBS World News, including the all important sports round up.

7.30 pm

Quick shower, then back to working on the book. My deadline is in a few days so there’s no time to relax.

Get sidetracked with a new idea, so work on it. Everyone loves a last minute inclusion!

12.30 am

Time to call it quits and head to bed.

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