Nathan Day Design – Furniture That Characterizes Contemporary Nature
Trained by one of England’s finest furniture workshops, Nathan Day Design was established in 2010 in Yallingup.
Now set up in the beautiful surrounds of Geographe Bay, Day is experiencing a career high and his vision to remain champion the work of the true craftsmen stays strong. Tossing away overly decorated or unnecessarily complex designs churned out by automated mass production, minimalist design and functionality are at the heart of Day’s work. The process of construction is crucial to the integrity and interest of an original piece.
We talk to Nathan in his workshop down south.
Tell us something about you?
I am a self employed furniture designer/maker and until recently I ran my business from my dads garage. I was the first person in WA to have ‘furniture maker’ on their trade certificate and I live in paradise (Dunsborough) with my partner of 17 years and our 2 beautiful girls. I surf when I can and the girls got me a skateboard for my 34th birthday, which I use most days. My almost 5 year old has just learned to ride without trainer wheels so I needed a way to keep up.
What is your signature style and what inspires you?
I’m not sure I could define my style, I would say its slowly emerging and my work has changed a lot over the last few years. Furniture makers are taught to show off their technical skills and this often translates into overly decorated or unnecessarily complex designs. I prefer to keep my designs simple, but construct them in interesting and purposeful ways. I think this gives them great integrity and probably makes the process of construction as interesting, if not more so than the finished product.
Name a couple or career highlights that stand out?
In 2007 I was awarded a traineeship at the prestigious Edward Barnsley workshop in the UK. I was the first Australian to train there in their 85 year history and as far as I was concerned this was as good as it gets!
More recently, I have set up a fantastic new workshop, literally surrounded by grape vines and even a glimpse of Geographe bay. I have aligned with a couple of great retailers and am enjoying the busiest period of my career so far.
What is a great piece of advice you have received along the way?
Keep your overheads low and make sure you put a lot of effort into marketing.
What creative brief would be a dream job?
I have been quite lucky recently to have had some adventurous clients and some interesting briefs. A 3.5M jet black dining table comes to mind.
For the future I would love to design and build my own workshop, I’m compiling a wish list at the moment, collecting ideas and putting them away in a folder.
Where do you like to hang out in WA?
In the south west. Old Dunsborough is probably one of the most beautiful places in Australia. The beach there is spectacular with this unbelievable sand bar that runs for maybe a km or so. It changes all the time and with the tide, but from the shore it looks like people are walking on water. Dunsborough is a great place, especially to raise a family. I would recommend visiting or moving here.
Where can we see your work?
Design Farm in the city has my Vista St products and Zenith Interiors in West Perth stocks my Wonton range of tables and stools. Locally Christian Fletcher’s gallery in Dunsborough and if you want to see work being made, there is always pieces finished or under construction in the workshop.
Website: Nathan Day
Photographer Bo Wong
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Design Farm- Perth Western Australia
Aspects of Kings Park- Perth WA
Bungendore Woodworks Gallery- Bungendore NSW
Christian Fletcher Gallery- Dunsborough WA
Found Shop- Fremantle WA
Jahroc Gallery- Margaret River WA
Sturt Gallery- Mittagong NSW