"Everything I do is about reducing unnecessary form, but it's about finding that tension between stripping things back and bringing out the character, not going too far, where you take the value and beauty out of it."
David Irwin speaking to OnOffice magazine
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.
Who is David Irwin?
Focused on material exploration, David Irwin works for leading manufacturers and design-led companies such as Habitat, Deadgood and Juniper within the realm of contemporary furniture, product and lighting design. His designs combine strong conceptual thinking with a fundamental usefulness, resulting in simple, innovative and refined solutions to aid our daily lives.
“I suppose the satisfaction I get from seeing an idea make the jump off paper and into reality is the reason I became a designer.”
David Irwin born in Northern Ireland
Studied Three Dimensional Design at Northumbria University
Graduated Northumbria University
New Designers, London
Completed fellowship on the Designers in Residence Programme at Northumbria’s School of Design
Started design studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Launches Hardy Chair for Another Country
Launches Narin Chair for Case
Winner of New Designers One Year on Award
Winner Best Interior Product, Design Event Mart
Awarded Homes & Gardens Young Designer of the Year
Winner Core77 Design Awards, Furniture & Lighting, Professional category
A’ Design Awards, Gold winner, Lighting Products and Lighting Projects category
Design Milk interviews David Irwin
Back in July 2013, Design Milk visited David Irwin’s studio in Newcastle upon Tyne, which he shares with design company Deadgood. David was last year’s London Design Festival sweetheart and they wanted to reconnect with him and see what he has been up to.