Peter Webb

Q&A with founder Peter Webb

Where did you grow up and how did you start in the furniture business?

I grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne and my father started making furniture in 1949 where he made tables and chairs and so the heritage lives on.

Thinking back to your school days how does your memory of the classroom experience differ from that of open learning?

My memories of school were a classroom of a lot of chairs, a lot of desks, one teacher, a blackboard and you are just part of a big number and either you made it or you didn’t and compared to today where there’s a one on one or two on one process, it just seems so much more exciting and just allows more people to shine.

What is open learning and how does your furniture match up with open learning?

Open learning is where there is an environment and a space where everybody, every child can feel free to be part of, as an individual or as a group, of a learning process. Our furniture I think, suits open learning terrifically because it’s flexible, we can produce the design that suits you and experience shows us that kids love it and teachers like it too.

Do you have any words of wisdom for teachers thinking about open learning but don't know where to start?

By coming and seeing you and looking at your needs we help you get to where you want to be and where you want to be is having a classroom or an environment that works well for teaching. We’d just love to be part of your school.