Namon Gaston’s high-quality, honest design is underpinned by a rich understanding for the materials with which he works. His work is often inspired by the functional requirements of a piece of furniture and how designers approached these challenges in the past.
It is no surprise therefore that Namon cites amongst his influences and inspiration Danish Mid Century furniture design. He greatly admires the work of Børge Mogensen (1914 – 1972), a Danish furniture designer and one of the most important among a generation of furniture designers who made the concept of Danish Modern known throughout the world.
For Namon it is the process that leads the design, and the challenge of using his equipment, seeing how he can push its capabilities to the limits. In the design development stage, Namon creates mock-ups of the furniture. This includes digital prototyping but in cases where more accuracy is needed he creates a model of the piece first.
Originally from Ireland, Namon grew up knowing that he wanted to work with his hands. He showed promise in school art lessons and went on to study Furniture Design in Scotland, from where he graduated with a First Class degree in 2001. From Scotland, Namon headed to London, where he sought out experience working alongside leading design houses in London, tuning his abilities in a professional design environment. Namon continued his development as an apprentice cabinetmaker in rural Scotland, in Auchencairn which is near the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, known as The Artists’ Town.
Namon has been working in Scotland since 2005 where he designs and makes for commercial production as well as bespoke private commissions. Namon encourages private clients to visit him at the workshop and see for themselves the processes involved in making their piece of furniture. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Design Guild Mark by The Furniture Maker’s Company.
As one might expect, Namon is strongly influenced by Danish Mid Century furniture design. with its pared-down functional aesthetic and elimination of unnecessary decoration. It is plain to see in Namon's designs. He also likes the challenge of using his equipment, seeing how he can push its capabilities to the limits and letting the technical processes inform the finished design.
We love that much of Namon’s work is in oak. It is his favourite timber to work with due to its reliability, its great strength, the way it works and the finish and tone that can be achieved.
Namon encourages customers to visit him at the workshop and see for themselves the processes involved in making their piece of furniture. If you are able to do this, we strongly recommend it, and would be happy to assist with the arrangements.