In collaboration with the good people at Retrouvius, Daniel created this bespoke wall etching onto Salvaged Victorian Oak for the flagship store of celebrated British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson. If you are in Mayfair or shopping on Bond Street, why not pop in and have a look.
"I’m looking at a piece of startling beauty: a rich, dark mahogany-topped sideboard, with light oak front panels decorated in the most delightful filigree pattern of hummingbirds and foliage. It is at once solid and classical yet also has a modern, witty freshness. As a simple decorative object for the home, it is enormously desirable. When its marvellous story unravels, I want it even more.
The hardwood frame is from old school laboratory desktops and the oak panels once formed the drawer bottoms of Victorian specimen chests at the Natural History Museum. They were removed as part of the reorganisation of the museum’s 20 million-specimen plant and insect collection.
Thanks to designer Dan Heath and architectural foragers Maria Speake and Adam Hills, these and other unwanted treasures are being transformed into beautiful, contemporary furniture.
“They were from part of the Natural History Museum’s storage cabinets,” Maria says, “magnificent pieces, each one a work of art."
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I recently completed teaching a series of workshops with the fine people at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The workshops allowed me to guide 12 very talented, but inexperienced people through the process of designing and printing a wallpaper. In response to the popularity of the workshop, I am now offering 1-to-1 wallpaper masterclasses in my London studio. Spread over 2 days, the class gives the individual the opportunity to develop drawing into repeat structures and print with expert guidance. More information will be posted here soon, but if you are interested then feel free to contact me with an enquiry via my website or over the phone.
It has been a very busy couple of weeks with the exhibition Off The Floor at Retrouvius generating a lot of press and general interest. The private view was a lively affair thanks to a good turn out of loyal salvage and design fans, assisted by large amounts of tasty Mojito.
Visitors to the show will have seen various new products including the new sideboard made entirely out of salvaged wood and a selection of small antique mirrors etched with quirky bird illustrations.
Our Fantastic Jumbo design was seen printed onto a golden yellow corduroy and upholstered onto a lovely, plump settee. Keep an eye out for more developments in the press.
Amazing Jumbo Settee. Image courtesy of Tom Fallon at Retrouvius.