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I Do Cartwheels, Donna Bates

17th September 2013

Furniture Designer Donna Bates from "I do Cartwheels" creates understated stunning pieces of furniture that nod to past iconic designs.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Functional, enduring and understated, with subtle hints of madness! I reckon I have taken inspiration from design principles found in the early modernist movement, and have applied these in a more localised context. A good example of these can be seen in my Parker Knoll / bird collection.

BEING IN THE TRADE OF RESTORING & RENEWING OLD FURNITURE, DO YOU WORK WITH PIECES BROUGHT IN BY CLIENTS?

Yes, most of the time this is what happens which is brilliant as it means that the pieces we’re working with have a known history and this story can sometimes be re-told through the design, fabrics and detailing. It’s great to see that people are embracing a renewed culture of reworking rather than throwing away.

IT IS CLEAR FROM YOUR SHOWROOM THAT YOU WERE DESTINED TO BE IN DESIGN. HOW DID YOU GET INTO INTERIOR AND FURNITURE DESIGN?

It has been a long and winding road, I have always been interested in design. It started at a young age on our family farm, making use of whatever materials were lying around to make treehouse hideouts and such things. In a more controlled environment... I further developed my interests, by studying a Degree in Design, specialising in Interior Design, then more recently a HNC in Furniture Making. Over the past three years I’ve developed my own style which takes inspiration from local materials, craftsmanship and cultural heritage.

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