My education in furniture making began at a very young age in my father’s workshop, I seemed to spend more time in his studio than any where else!
This was the best experience that could be bestowed upon me in the craft of designing and making furniture. My father’s background was sculpting and engineering, a similar background to his father. One of his early workshop’s was on London’s King’s Road, where he had a shop selling his work. He also worked alongside my mother, a Parisian artist.
Growing up in his workshop I watched and learnt as my father made furniture. I observed a tree, cut into planks being brought into the workshop and a wonderful piece of furniture would leave, it was like watching a magician work his magic. He used to make all manner of amazing things. I would then try to make something, learning the basic techniques as I experimented.
As I gained more experience, I was able to make more complex and ambitious projects and being a bit of a perfectionist I always felt they could be improved upon, also refining my skills in the process.
Sometimes I work on a design for many hours, trying to come up with an ingenious solution to the piece of furniture I am designing, that not only retains a uniqueness but is also practical and beautiful.
Like my father before me I also have a great interest in sculpting, engineering and art which I incorporate into my furniture, attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship are very important characteristic’s of my work, in our throw away society it is a refreshing change to have a piece of furniture that can be cherished and handed on to future generations.