Barry is taking part in our coming Home is a Feeling show in Faversham on 13th and 14th November.
Describe what you do as a creative.
I am furniture designer and maker of contemporary mostly wooden furniture. Each piece is discussed with the clients need and individually designed to fit the clients brief. Firstly I do some sketches and discuss with the client then when one is selected I often make a scale model discuss material and give an estimate of the cost.
Tell us about yourself.
I was born in the East End of London where my father worked as a cabinet maker. I didn’t do that well at school but was good at art and good at making things. I left school as soon as I could and got a job in an advertising agency as messenger with a view to becoming a graphic designer. After one year I went art schooling, started making large sculptures and then started designing and making furniture. I did four years at art college continuing to develop designs. Applied to the Royal College of Art and did another three years on the furniture course.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When growing up I loved drawing and making things and I always wanted to do something creative.
How did you begin doing what you do?
I went to Art school Ealing college of Art and the Royal college of Art Furniture Design course.
What turns on your creativity?
I am fascinated by geometric shapes. I love simplicity of design and form, its great problem solving and finding innovative ways of using and saving space.
What do you like best about your work?
What is best about my work is the creative process and ending up with a great object which is both well made and practical and best of all having happy and satisfied customers
When were you most satisfied in your work?
I’m always satisfied when a piece is delivered and in its space. I made a garden bench for a Chelsea flower show garden and it and the garden won four gold medals that was very
Describe a memorable response to your work?
I was commissioned by someone to furnish their Mayfair flat, the customer was very happy with the pieces, but the highlight was when I took my elderly cabinet maker father who never gave encouragement or compliments to see my work and he said: “You know Barry, you’re better than me.” I was flabbergasted.
What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?
At the moment I’m working for a charity called Remap and making Aids for disabled people. It’s very rewarding to be able to use my talents to help people.
What is your dream project?
I like designing tiny homes, working out how to furnish them with space saving furniture solutions. I suppose designing tables and chairs are an enjoyable challenge.
Which artists / creative people are your heroes and inspiring figures?
I’m a fan of the Bauhaus movement. And Scandinavian design, Italian design. I like Thomas Heatherwicks work. I think there are good designers around the world, unfortunately there is a lot of bad design in the World.
Your idea of happiness
Real Happiness for me is to make others happy.
What art/creativity related book should everyone read?
I read a book called Design for the Real World By Victor Papanek. That made big impression on me.
Tell us a lesson life has taught you.
Life has taught me it’s better to serve than be served.
Anything else you would like to add?
I am very fortunate to be able to design and make things as a career. I have Taught in a college and enjoyed sharing experience with students and seeing the develop, I would still be happy to teach and pass on skills