Simon Ancher moved to Tasmania from Newcastle, NSW as a child in 1980. He studied Furniture Design at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), completing an Honours degree in 2000. He worked from the Designer Makers Cooperative workshop in North Hobart, where he developed a successful practice specializing in one off commissioned work and interior fitouts before moving to Launceston to study Environmental Design. Ancher recently concluded his time as Program Director of Furniture Design for the School of Architecture & Design, UTAS, Launceston to concentrate on his design practice. Through his Practice ‘Simon Ancher Studio’ Simon is developing his own furniture range as well as undertaking commission work including public art and seating. Ancher’s work focuses on detail, simple forms and a preference for Tasmania timbers. He is inspired by the day-to-day occurrences and the impact a piece of furniture can have on its user.