Born in Yorkshire England, Keith Melbourne completed a degree in engineering whilst sponsored by the aerospace industry. He moved into the automotive industry and spent the next 13 years in a range of roles from hands on engineering through to senior management. Keith developed numerous patented technology inventions and travelled the world in order to deliver projects and develop new business opportunities. Keith Melbourne’s path into furniture design is not a typical one.
Although he had built a successful engineering and management career, Keith increasingly found his work life unrewarding. Thinking that his life lacked creativity and freedom he decided to try a new direction. In 2004 he resigned and enrolled at WA Central TAFE to study furniture design.
Keith has found he has a talent and passion for furniture design. His combination of design, engineering, management and commercial skills is unusual in the furniture industry but is proving to be a great asset.
Motivated by his newfound passion Keith has made rapid progress in the industry. In a short time Keith has completed a diploma in furniture design, developed a series of highly regarded furniture prototypes, and exhibited in 8 national design exhibitions including EDGE, VIVID, Workshopped and Launchpad. He has received a number of awards and his work has been widely published.