Daniel Harrison LSDC

Furniture & Boxes

About Daniel
Daniel Harrison is a designer-maker of bespoke furniture, creating pieces from his studio near the stunning Brecon Beacons mountain range in South Wales. Traditional hand tools alongside modern digital machinery are essential for the contemporary furniture Daniel makes. He endeavours to use native and sustainable woods in all his work, often using trees that once stood within a 15-mile radius of his local sawmill. His deep respect for wood ensures that it’s natural beauty is celebrated and lives on in a new form for future generations.
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Daniel works in a well equipped studio on an ex colliery site, near the Lliw Valley in South Wales. The space is comprised of three areas: the main workshop for furniture production by hand and machine, the design studio where both watercolour drawing as well as CAD practices are embraced, and the gallery space; a separate area to showcase his latest furniture designs in a familiar residential context.

Inspired by the local Welsh landscape, culture and heritage and more recently anthracite, the highest ranking of all coals, deeply rooted in this area of Wales; a new range of furniture is starting to emerge from Daniel's studio. Both solid wood and veneers are used and the workshop also produces a range of production furniture that incorporates upholstery, made in collaboration with other Welsh craft business, due to launch in Spring 2020.

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Educational History

Rycotewood Furniture Centre - Foundation Degree Furniture Design & Make: Distinction 2013-2016

Neath PortTalbot College - City and Guilds NVQ2 Bench Joinery: Distinction 2008-2010

University College Falmouth - 3D Design for Sustainability 2007-2008

Ravensbourne College - Furniture and Product Design 2006-2007

Falmouth College of Art - Foundation Diploma in Art & Design: Distinction 2005-2006


Daniel Harrison Furniture 2018-Present

Based in South Wales Daniel Harrison creates one-off pieces of furniture to commission, along side production work for retail. The studio takes part in open studio event's throughout the year and visits to the workshop are welcomed via appointment.

Philip Koomen Furniture 2014-2018

Whilst training in furniture making at Rycotewood Daniel had the opportunity to work with Philip on speculative and commissioned projects, operating both independently and in collaboration. A bursary award from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) allowed Daniel to learn the key aspects of running a craft business and to develop his cabinet making skills in a commercial environment.

Superior Joinery 2008-2013

During his time at Superior Joinery Daniel completed a two year City and Guilds course in bench joinery and continued to work for a further two years creating bespoke staircases, including on-site installation. This acquired the knowledge and skills to understand working drawings, the fundamentals of wood machining and finishing techniques.


Makers Guild in Wales, Maker Member: 2019

Best Use of British Timber Award (Woodland Heritage): 2018

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST): 2016

Shortlisted for Bespoke Young Furniture Maker: 2015

Furniture Makers’ Company Materials Bursary: 2014

Alan Peters Award for Excellence: 2014


John Smedley 235 Project: 2019-2020

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design: 2019

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design: 2018

Celebrating Craft at the V&A: 2018

Royal Warrant Holders Annual Luncheon (QEST): 2016

Young Furniture Makers’ Exhibition: 2015-16

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design: 2014-15

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