“It all started one rainy day in 1995, after two months of being in Barcelona. It was pouring down and a friend and I were seeking shelter from what felt like a monsoon. We found ourselves on Calle Avinyo and dived into Zeta Futon for cover. The shop was filled with contemporary furniture and lamps of all different materials, shapes and sizes, made by local artisans. It was a light bulb moment; I wanted to be a furniture designer and maker.”
After having left Sheffield Hallam University in 1994 with a degree in International Business, David spent a year working in Italy before moving to Barcelona. He had come to the city hoping to be inspired by its air of creativity. Having found such inspiration so early on, the next six years were spent passionately pursuing the goal of being a top furniture designer-maker.
During the early years, his spare time was spent restoring and transforming discarded pieces of furniture and making lamps in his tiny 2×2 m home workshop. His self- taught woodworking skills were supplemented by specialised courses in marquetry and carving before deciding to study Art and Design.
Having completed various projects for bars and restaurants as well as private clients in both Barcelona and Ibiza, David felt that in order to be able to interpret the more complex wishes of his clients he would need to train further.
He decided to return to Britain in 2002 to study and gain more work experience. With excellence being his objective, he chose to train with David Savage for a year in one of the best workshops in Britain. On completing the course he was selected by world-class Silver Lining Workshops to work as a cabinet-maker and after gaining a year´s experience with them, he decided to set up his own company in Manchester. His clients now not only come from Manchester and Cheshire areas but the rest of the UK and overseas and include interior designers, schools, churches, synagogues and businesses as well as private individuals.
“What really excites me about my work is turning the intangible into finished pieces of furniture. I love the whole process from dreaming up the initial ideas to seeing the shavings coming off my hand-plane and of course delivering the finished piece to a satisfied client. To be able to make one’s living designing and working in wood, is truly a privilege.”
David Tragen’s work has appeared in the following publications:
|Furniture and Cabinet making||August 2013|
|Manchester Evening News||October 2009, May ’13|
|Lancashire Life||May 2013|
|“500 Cabinets”||Published 2010|
|Craftsman craft and design magazine||September 2009|
|Woodworker’s Technique Bible||Published July 2009|
|Moving House||January 2008|
|Concept For Living||Sept. 2007, Oct. ’07, Sept. ’08|
|Antiques Trade Gazette||August 2007|
|“Bespoke – Source book of furniture designer makers”||Published August 2007|
|Manchester Creative Annual||2007|
|“Furniture Today”||Published 2006|
|Creative Times||May 2006, Apr. ’07, Dec. ’08|