furniture designer and maker
Mark Newson 20 Parkfield Avenue Amersham Bucks HP6 6BE T: 01494 728 364 M: 07742 919120
My interest in wood dates back to my school days where I had an inspirational woodwork master. Whilst at school I made a table and waste bin for the school foyer. However, being a Grammar School a career in a trade was frowned upon and being a ‘sensible’ boy took a ‘safe’ career in retail banking. Twenty-
Now not being so ‘sensible’ and not that much of a boy it was time for a change in career so in 1997 I enrolled on a one year furniture designing and making course at Rycotewood College in Thame. I enjoyed myself finding that I was one of the more able students and finished the year having won the prize for the best piece of contemporary design at the year-
Buoyed up by this I set off as self employed and have since then been either dealing directly with my clients, working jointly with other designer makers or collaborating with designers to bring their ideas to reality. This has allowed me to explore a wide range of ideas and techniques in a relatively short time to the advantage of the service I can give my customers.
Examples of my work have been included in ‘Bespoke: Source Book of Furniture Designer Makers’ by Betty Norbury.
I have taken part in a variety of exhibitions including the following:
Handmade in Britain
Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design
Bucks Open Studios
Purple Leaf at Stoke Park
Sulgrave Manor Annual Selected Open Exhibition