Natasha Gowdy

I have been designing and making furniture for over 20 years and I love the challenge of creating pieces that will stand the test of time, both physically and aesthetically.  Having studied design at university I went on to work for a furniture maker and finally to setting up my own workshop some 15 year ago. I work to commission as well as making limited editions for sale and exhibiting at galleries and craft shows.  I use predominantly British hardwoods, in particular oak and ash, and these fantastic native timbers are a joy to use with their strength and infinite grain patterns.

My designs are fundamentally modern with clean, simple lines and subtle details that bring the piece together – a gentle curve, a rounded corner or some finely cut dovetails on a drawer. I draw inspiration from nature and simply from the intrinsic qualities of the wood. Over the years I have learnt how to bring out the best in this remarkable and sustainable material by creating furniture that is hopefully beautiful and most definitely useful.