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The River

The River designs and handcrafts humble wooden furniture, homewares and artful objects for domestic spaces. Daniel Patrick Whitaker’s practice is grounded by modernist design: a preoccupation with minimalism, simplistic forms, and the inherent beauty of organic material.

The River is woodworking practice making humble wooden furniture, homewares and artful objects for domestic spaces. Formed by Daniel Patrick Whitaker who has worked with wood in different capacities since 2015. The River is based in Wainuiomata, Aotearoa New Zealand, Daniel draws inspiration from his surroundings here - where kereru populate kōwhai trees, piwakaka dance across the river, and mamaku blanket the undulating hillside in deep fern green.

Daniel’s practice is grounded by modernist design: a preoccupation with minimalism, simplistic forms, and the inherent beauty of organic material. Daniel finds great joy in the simple tactile activity of experimenting with wood forms, both functional and sculptural.

Careful consideration is given to environmentally responsible making practices, sourcing timber locally and ensuring material can be traced back to sustainable origins. All pieces designed and handcrafted by Daniel, furniture is predominantly made-to-order which in turn minimises material waste. Homewares are largely made from recycled timbers, creating more reliance on what can be salvaged from their local surroundings.  

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