Since its foundation in 1987, Jah Roc furniture - a creative collaboration between Gary Bennett and David Paris - has consistently defied convention. Fames for their innovative approach to the development of their brand and trademark use of recycled timber salvaged from demolition sites and forest residue, Bennett and Paris have become internationally renowned for the distinctively Western Australian approach to design innovation.
The Jah Roc story has become iconic in itself in the history of Western Australian furniture design. Meeting on a surfing holiday in Queensland in 1982, Bennett and Paris realised a common passion for furniture making. Keeping in touch and becoming friends, they made the decision to found the business six years later. From the beginning their focus was on showcasing Western Australia's most iconic natural resources (wood, stone and iron) to create 'legendary' pieces of studio furniture for the collectors' market, whose very materiality articulated a characteristically Western Australian personality. Drawing inspiration from early Australian industrial architecture and the distinctive landscapes of the York and Margaret River (where they have founded their homes and workshops), their subsequent works have eloquently evoked the unique qualities of Western Australia's southwest regions.
Excerpt from Jah Roc Collaborations - www.jahroc.com.au
We interview Gary in his workshop - discussing pieces he is working on and the book Jah Roc Collaborations : -