Based in Swansea, South Wales, Daniel Harrison is a designer-maker of bespoke furniture creating free-standing and fitted pieces. He has been commissioned to create other work including large sculptural carvings, staircases, fine boxes and other products made using locally sourced sustainable woods. He enjoys problem solving, reflecting deeply on new ideas and processes and his keen eye for detail and meticulous approach is reflected in the quality of the work he produces.
In 2016 Daniel was awarded a QEST scholarship, qest.org.uk, supported by sponsors and Royal Warrant Holders Howden’s Joinery Co, howdens.com. He has exhibited work nationally, including in the V&A museum and various other gallery’s throughout the country. In 2018 he won the ‘Best Use of British Timber’ Award at the Celebration of Craftsmanship in Cheltenham, for his Grace dining table; an award sponsored by the Woodland Heritage Trust woodlandheritage.org. This circular dining table was a made using various types of ash wood, including locally sourced Welsh ash.
Daniel's inspiration comes from a range of sources. He enjoys free hand watercolour drawing to bring his ideas to the drawing board. Often models and prototypes are made in the workshop to perfect proportions, before creating the finished piece ready for delivery and installation.
Daniel says "There is something spiritual about the nature of trees - majestic giants in harmony with their surroundings, supporting life. We have been using wood since the dawn of humankind and today we can still connect with this most magnificent material. A piece of hand made furniture has a very different feel than one that is mass-produced, the sprit of the tree lives on in another form for another generation.
I hope the pieces of furniture I make bring a sense of joy and meaning to others, whether working to a client’s brief, or making a new speculative piece, I hope to do justice to the tree from where the wood came." D.H