Designer Sarah Selman was approached by professional harp player and composer Pippa Reid Foster, to design and make a seat that not only provided the most comfortable position for playing but looked good, matching her instrument. Working together, Sarah and fellow furniture maker Gareth Wilson developed the concept and Design in Harmony was born.
Sarah studied at Winchester School of Art and Newcastle Polytechnic graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Three Dimensional Design in 1992, becoming runner up in the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Design Award of that year. Sarah’s career has lead through furniture making, working with makers in Northumberland and Lincolnshire, and with the restoration of classic boats. It was the renovation of period property that brought Gareth and Sarah to work together in collaboration.
Underlying the practical nature of her work lies a passion for creativity and the aesthetic of materials in three dimensional form. For Sarah, Design in Harmony represents the coming together of the creative and the practical in the form of the pieces made.
Gareth has over 35 years’ experience working in wood. From the early days in machine woodworking with large manufacturing production companies through to highly skilled bespoke carpentry for commission, Gareth has always been driven by achieving the very best. In his drive for perfection he quickly established a reputation for high quality in the gaining a Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Wood-turners and two further silver awards at national level with the National Skill-Build Carpentry Awards.
Sixteen years ago Gareth set up his own business, Heatherbank Carpentry primarily making one off items for architectural work. Gareth comes into his own in his approach towards problem solving and bespoke manufacture, and the challenges in bringing to production the organic shapes within these stunning new seating designs.