I believe developing and maintaining a sense of place is a critical part of being a healthy human and that our stuff to the extent that we have it, should reinforce, not alienate us from our place. A mobile phone designed in California, manufactured in China and probably unlikely to be still useful in a few years time may help us commune with our fellows, but will do nothing to anchor us to where we are.
On the other hand, a twelve seat dining table built from one of the most durable species on earth, which existed as a living tree for three hundred years, had an interlude as a bridge, part of a house, factory or office building and has then become an object around which people gather to eat drink or do their homework is truly a thing with gravitas. It can pull a group in and be a place as well as a thing.
The cornerstone of my process is the material and this I will not compromise. I live and work in SE Qld. As Brisbane is brought down around us to make way for whatever it is becoming, I will recover all I can of that which is displaced and keep it in our midst.