1996-2005 Celebration of Craftsmanship Exhibition, Cheltenham
1998- Primavera Gallery, Cambridge
1998- Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk
1999- Artizana Gallery, Prestbury, Cheshire
1999- Artifex Gallery, Sutton Coldfield
1999- Walker Gallery , Harrogate
1999- Broadway Modern Gallery, Broadway, Worcestershire
• Concept for Living Exhibition, Harrogate
2003 & 2006 Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate
2004 Art of Furniture Exhibition, Birmingham
Richard Burnley and Paul Steel have been working together at Design in Wood since 1991.
They make imaginatively designed distinctive pieces of contemporary furniture and fitted cabinetwork.
The workshop, situated in an 18th century former coach house in Thirsk, was started in 1983 by Andrew James, an architect and furniture designer. Richard worked as an architect for 10 years before studying at the London College of Furniture and becoming a furniture designer maker in 1989. Paul is largely self taught, and had his own workshop making and restoring furniture and joinery.
We were both attracted to Design in Wood by its design led approach, the small, well equipped workshop being well suited to a wide variety of work.
Most of our work is commissioned, but a significant number of speculative pieces made for exhibitions and galleries have served to inspire the bespoke work.
Designs evolve through dialogue with the client, informed by viewing our past work in the showroom or website, and guided by our experience in materials, form and proportion.
We employ both traditional and contemporary techniques as appropriate, and enjoy finding innovative solutions in design and manufacture.