David Haig

DAVID HAIG grew up in England where he completed a BA in History at Oxford University and in 1976 emigrated to New Zealand to join family. His aim was to reinvent himself in a completely non-academic field. He slowly moved towards woodworking and attended workshops in the mid 1980’s organized through the then New Zealand Crafts council. The council would invite woodworking legends such as James Krenov and Alan Peters which were inspiration in David’s life. Being swept up in the whole woodworking revival of the time, David started making pieces to his own designs. In 1987 he built his first workshop at his home in the beautiful coastal settlement of Cable Bay, New Zealand, where he worked in a small cottage with his wife and three young sons. Somewhat expanded now (his workshop space that is..!) he and his wife Clare still live there. David’s first big breakthrough came in 1990 when he built the first of his signature rocking chairs. With its sinuous steam-bent lines, and well-engineered ergonomics it was immediately appreciated, started winning awards and being featured in numerous publications throughout the world. He named that chair the “Monogram” chair. Recently one of his chair designs, which he calls “Folium,” won the Supreme Award at the major Australian Studio Furniture 18 survey exhibition.

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