Creative We Love: Furniture Designer David Shaw


Creative We Love: Furniture Designer David Shaw
Local furniture designer David Shaw discusses the industry he loves.

David Shaw is a busy man. As well as designing and manufacturing furniture from his base in Christchurch, he also imports some of the world’s best furniture brands into the country. “When it comes to furniture, my philosophy is simple: great design that lasts the test of time with quality that stands amongst the best in the world.”

Shaw founded his own furniture company in his early 20s. He believes timeless design is something that can be handed down through generations. “We strive to fill our showrooms with pieces that are unique, functional and beautiful. Sometimes the most simple and classic designs fit this bill and sometimes it is pieces we couldn’t even imagine,” he says. Brands Shaw imports include Classique, Henge, RODA , De Castelli, TONON, James Salmond Furniture and JAB Furniture.

When it comes to his own designs, Shaw likes to mix various styles to create something unique. He likens the furniture industry to the fashion industry where everything changes quickly. “Like the fashion industry we are moving at a very fast pace, however, it also means that a mix of different styles works well. Nothing needs to match – it needs to be cohesive … which we believe is the calming influence of great design. We are excited about the future as diversity is part of the journey ahead for all of us.”

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