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David Watson

David Watson is an award-winning furniture maker whose designs are influenced by geometric motifs.

David Watson is an award-winning cabinet maker who, along with his team at the workshop in Scotland produce bespoke pieces of furniture for individual client commissions.

David feels warmly nostalgic towards the 1980s, and his furniture designs are influenced by the geometric motifs that were so popular in the fashions of the decade, using these as a starting point and adding a contemporary twist.

David also draws inspiration from other British makers and designers, and is keen to collaborate where possible. He is an advocate of local design and industry, seeking to support not only the design businesses but also local suppliers. Despite the continuing upwards trend in timber prices and the temptation to buy from abroad (chiefly America) David still commendably sources the majority of his materials from Scotland.

David grew up breathing the heady scent of pine from the saw mill next door to his home. In common with another of AUTHOR’s makers, David also cites outdoors den building as a formative aspect of his interest in design. (Note to self: encourage one’s budding designer children to make more dens.)

David honed his cabinetmaking skills as an apprentice with Michael W Hart in Musselburgh, and has for the last ten years been designing and making furniture for domestic and commercial industries and is known for his bespoke furniture designs which take each client’s unique lifestyle, individuality and taste.

Rightfully, his talent was recognised as he was awarded the Visual Arts Scotland Award for Applied Arts in 2016.

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Who would have thought that something so simple and essential as a console table could possess such character? David’s ‘Sexy Legs’ console table was apparently inspired by his wife’s extremely attractive pins.

We are drawn to furniture which exhibits a jaunty, humorous take on the everyday. The legs of this table are elegantly tapered with the contrasting woods giving the impression of stockings at different heights. The walnut and sycamore are wonderfully tactile, and the gorgeous swirly graininess will of course vary in each incarnation, making it truly unique.

AUTHOR shares David’s values as we too seek to support local British designers, makers and suppliers.

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