David Irwin

David Irwin
David Irwin is a British Industrial Design Studio driven by a desire to assign purpose to both traditional and contemporary manufacturing processes.

David has always had a curiosity for how things are made.

Originally from Northern Ireland, where he got his first taste of wood working in his father’s amateur workshop, David was drawn to the north of England by Northumbria University’s reputation for hands-on applied teaching and a holistic approach to the business of three-dimensional design.

In 2007 David’s final year project, a steam-bent timber frame chair, was awarded the New Designers Peter Walker Award for innovation in furniture design.

The Jed chair gave a contemporary twist to the traditional aesthetic of a lounge chair by utilising the inherent properties of timber through steam bending and natural soap flakes as a finish, to create very few environmental disadvantages.

The chair also caught the eye of Bethan Gray, then Design Director at Habitat, who thought it would work well within the Habitat collection, giving David his first taste of the manufacture and retail process.



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