Namon Gaston

Namon Gaston, an Edinburgh-based furniture designer hailing from coastal Northern Ireland, produces beautifully crafted free-standing work. Inspired by mid-century Scandanavian designers such as Borge Mogenson and Hans Wegner, Namon creates pieces with a timeless appeal which focus on elegance and precision. He is passionate about timber and utilises both modern production processes alongside more traditional techniques to make each piece. Namon regards simplicity, ingenuity and honesty as core principles of his practice.

Furniture Designer

Namon Gaston

Edinburgh

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THE PROCESS

Each component is meticulously handcrafted with precision jointing to produce an extremely robust frame. Namon employs a combination of modern design processes and hand-crafting methods to create pieces of the finest quality. His materials are carefully hand selected to ensure continuity in grain tone throughout the frame and surface.

Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

I have always been creative; I spent my time as a small boy making wooden models and designing elaborate comic book characters – the more specific and detailed the better. After twenty years honing my skills as a furniture designer, I still find myself getting excited when I start work on a new commission, with the knowledge that the pieces I make for my clients will stand the test of time and become essential parts of their lives.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

I am inspired by simplicity, ingenuity and honesty in design, and have a great admiration for mid-century Scandinavian designers Borge Mogenson and Hans Wegner and specialist craft manufacturers such as P.P. Möbler. I believe that furniture should be functional as well as beautiful and often allow production processes to steer designs.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

I have found that simplicity requires precision to be successful. For that reason, I predominantly use machinery to produce my designs.

I often turn to a hand tool and employ traditional techniques during the making process, but my relationship with my machines is key to the work that I create. CAD programmes also play a huge part in my production processes, allowing me to carefully calculate and plan each piece before I begin making.

4. What is your definition or proudest moment as a maker so far?

The very first Wood Award I received was a proud moment, however I would say that every time I design a piece, whether for a private client, manufacturer or retailer, the moment of completion is always a joy. The final de-nib and polish – carefully assessing the finer details of the piece and making sure the finish is perfect – always makes me realise how lucky I am to be able to do what I do.

5. What is your dream project?

It would be a dream for me to build my own home and workshop. I’d love to be able to create the space in which I live and work. It would be modest and functional; a little world for my family and I to grow together in.

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  1. Natural Oak Oxbow Armchair in Nude by Namon Gaston
    Natural Oak Oxbow Armchair in Nude
  2. Natural Oak Oxbow Armchair in Cognac by Namon Gaston
    Natural Oak Oxbow Armchair in Cognac
  3. Oxbow Table (6 Seater) by Namon Gaston
    Oxbow Table (6 Seater)
    Namon Gaston
    £12,140
  4. Natural Oak Side Chair in Nude by Namon Gaston
    Natural Oak Side Chair in Nude
  5. Natural Oak Side Chair in Cognac by Namon Gaston
    Natural Oak Side Chair in Cognac
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