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Design in Wood


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.


The Old Coach House
North Yorkshire
01845 525010
Design in Wood   The Old Coach House
The Old Coach House

Design in Wood   Richard Burnley
Richard Burnley

Design in Wood   Paul Steel
Paul Steel


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