David Gates

I design and make furniture from a studio and workshop in South London. The work is rooted in simplicity and efficiency with the principle materials being temperate hardwoods. Pieces are often quite utilitarian as the result of an efficient approach allowing the furniture to do its job and for the integrity of the materials and construction to have a voice. Exposed joinery on much of the work tells something of the construction of a piece and how it fits together. I want people to understand furniture and have an emotive engagement with it as they use it. I am as interested in the underneath of the piece as its top and want my work to look interesting from all angles.
The timber and boards that I use come from suppliers who are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, this means that they are sustainably produced, the timber is usually from the UK and Western Europe. I use plant and vegetable based finishes instead of the more usual petrochemical-based products when possible. The workshop uses electricity that is supplied by a windfarm.


 Ravensbourne College of Art & Design. Furniture and Product Design.


2006 Wesley Barrell Craft Award for Established Makers, Highly commended runner-up.
1988 New Designers. Winner of lighting design award.
1988 Awarded Royal Society of Arts and Department of Trade and Industry Bursary

 London Met University. Senior Lecturer 3D Design (Furniture design and craft)
2002-2004 London Met University. Course Leader. 3D Design
2002 Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication
Lead Tutor of 3D pathway, Art and Design.
Selected exhibitions
 Birmingham City Art Gallery then touring, Taking Time; Craft and the Slow Revolution.
2009 Waterperry, Oxfordshire, Art in Action.
Contemporary Applied Arts, London, Focus.
2008 Somerset House, London, Origin.
Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk; Group show.
West Dean Craft Gallery, Chichester, Effervescence.
2007 Collect, V&A Museum, London
Effervescence, West Dean Crafts Gallery, Chichister
Origin, Somerset House, London
2006 Lesley Craze Gallery, Clerkenwell, London
Wesley Barrell Craft Award feature at Origin, Somerset House, London
2004 Cut & Paste, HUB centre for craft, design & making, Sleaford.
Selected for ‘Grassimesse’ Leipzig
2003 Flow Gallery, London. Joint show with Helen Carnac.
2002 ‘Still’. Applied Arts Agency London
2001 Group show, St Pancreas Chambers, Grand Midland Hotel
‘Inside Out II’ Flow London
2000 Sotheby’s contemporary crafts, collaboration with textile designer Hikaru Noguchi

Selected Commissions
2006 St. Botolphs Church, Aldgate, London. Design, production & installation of display system for ‘Heirlooms’ exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Callinicos for the Association of Contemporary Jewellery.
2005 Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton. Design and making of nine pieces of furniture including a reading table and benches for a newly created public area. This was a collaboration with Helen Carnac.
2003-2004 St, Giles Church, Farnborough, Kent. Grade II listed building partly dating from the middle ages. Design and manufacture of cabinetwork and fittings to two vestries including robe storage for the choir and creation of office area for the clergy.
2002 University of Westminster, School of the Built Environment. Boardroom furniture: table, credenzas and chairs designed with John Miller and manufactured by myself.





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