Design Exhibition Scotland 2019

Working on some new pieces for this years Design Exhibition Scotland, definitely worth a visit whilst it’s on! 28th June - 2nd July Free and open to all, Lyon & Turnbull, Broughton Place, Edinburgh EH1 3RR.

Design Exhibition Scotland celebrates exceptional objects for the everyday. A pioneering project, DES is powered by a desire to champion design excellence and exploration in contemporary furniture and functional objects.

Launched in 2018, DES 2019 will again bring together brilliant practitioners and energetic thinkers, to explore a range of materials and processes, to create exceptional objects for the everyday. 

Lanarkshire Hardwoods Sawmill Visit

My wife Emily and I had a really informative and exciting visit to Lanarkshire Hardwoods a few weeks ago to talk all things Scottish Ash with Patrick Baxter, the owner of The Wood Place. We have been working on a new project which we hope will involve using native Ash which has been felled due to Dieback. A beautifully coloured timber with real character which would otherwise be used as firewood. We share a passion with Patrick for Scottish wood, and were wholeheartedly impressed with the consideration he puts into every aspect of his business. He offers woodworking workshops, rents workshop space, sells perfectly dried timber and also designs and makes to commission - a busy man!

Scottish Whisky Cabinet

I made this piece a few years back and just came across a great little animation that my photographer put together for me, good one Stuart McClay!

Custom bespoke hand crafted furniture commission of a whisky cabinet by furniture designer maker Namon Gaston

A whisky cabinet designed to house a clients selection of single malts. This piece was very special to design and make; a rare and beautiful palate of materials sourced from around Scotland including walnut, oak, sycamore, laburnum and marble.

Encyclopedia of Woodworking Techniques

I am honoured to have been asked to include the Oxbow Armchair in a new and updated version of a book I have used many times throughout my career: The Encyclopedia of Woodworking Techniques by Jeremy Broun. The book is an essential benchtop reference for woodworking techniques. The Oxbow Armchair features alongside many examples of handcrafted contemporary furniture. Mention is made to the combination of solid and laminated oak as well as the routed keyhole profiles which hold the swedish leather slings.

 

London design fair

I am delighted to have been selected alongside some of the best in Scottish design to exhibit with Craft Scotland at this years London Design Fair. The Old Truman Brewery will host pavilions from countries around the world and showcase their finest designer/makers. It is an exciting time to visit the city, with Tent London, Design Junction, 100% Design and other events promoting contemporary design. See you there!

 

Craft Design House Feature

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Hand crafted furniture components by designer maker Namon Gaston

My collection is now available through Edinburgh based online retailer Craft Design House. This expertly curated collection of designer makers offers more than just products, they tell makers' stories and encourage knowledge of the creative process. You can read my feature here. I feel very priviledged to be alongside some of scotland's most acclaimed designers and makers and I am excited to be part of the Craft Design House family.

 

Modern 2 Boardroom Furniture

I was approached last year by Edinburgh based architect practice, Lee Boyd to produce new furniture for the refurbishment programme of the boardroom in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern 2 building.

The set consists of two fireside tables, a console table and the board table. With a 5 metre surface, the board table's solid oak structure had to be an assembly of several components. The curved quadrants of the surface were produced entirely from one single oak tree, this resulted in complete continuity of the grain, tone, and allowed me to arrange the planks in a decorative order. 

I feel very honoured to have produced pieces for such an important space and for such a prestigious client.