Mark Newson is an award winning, furniture designer-maker of contemporary furniture. Mark’s interest in wood dates back to his school days where he had an inspirational woodwork master.
Whilst at school he made a table and waste bin for the school foyer, however, being a Grammar School, a trade career was frowned upon and being a ‘sensible’ boy he took a ‘safe’ career in retail banking. Twenty-five years later he was facing ‘voluntary’ redundancy. Prompted by redundancy, and not now being so ‘sensible’ and not that much of a boy, Mark felt that it was time for a change in career, so in 1997 he enrolled on a furniture designing and making course. He finished the course having won the prize for the best piece of contemporary design at a year-end show.