Dan Marc is a young designer who launched his collection of distinctive tables and desks in the UK in 2013. Made of powder coated steel and hand dyed birch plywood, his simple, striking designs are available in a range of finishes and feature one or two trench-like storage sections that might remind one of origami from certain angles, adding an unexpected - and useful - dimension to the traditional table top.
In his interview with designSKOOL, Dan talks about his early interest in design and explains how a WW2 rationing scheme would influence his approach to construction:
Where are you based?
I'm currently located in Preston, Lancashire, with a showroom opening here in the city centre around April, although as from September I will also have a studio in Manchester. I'm all about meeting people for meaningful chats over coffee so you will see a larger place opening, hopefully where I can work from as well as display furniture.
What first attracted you to a career in industrial design?
When I was younger, my late father used to spend evenings sketching little pictures in red ink, from beautiful landscapes to detailed images of cars, I guess it was around this time that I discovered an interest for creativity. I never set out to have a career in design, I studied design based on intrigue into new processes and my hunger just grew out of being nosey and interested in everything from Fashion Design to Furniture.
What made you decide to focus on table design?
I always knew my first collection was going to end up being tables. Again, when I was younger I used to be obsessed with my Grandad’s sideboard from the mid-century era. As my sketch work evolved it began to contain more influence from the sideboard, it was at this point when I decided to create The Epoch Collection.
Can you explain your 'fixless construction'?
Back in 2013, I was given a book on the ‘Utility Furniture Scheme’ by a friend. The scheme was implemented in 1942 to ration the use of raw timber in the UK due to bombing and lack of resource.
Using this design philosophy and stories inherited from 1942 paired with my admiration for designers of the mid-century era, The Epoch Collection was born. I set out to celebrate our access to readily available materials which were not available during WW2 such as steel and plywood.
The collection takes its fix-less construction from utilitarian pieces which were designed to existed only as a functional item. The beams from the table collection run similarly parallel to the edges of the top, much like that of a stretcher, whilst the legs act as a fixing securing the beams and preventing any movement.
Do you incorporate sustainable materials and responsible processes into your work?
I will always choose sustainable materials and be resourceful whilst using them. The great thing about The Epoch Collection is that there is absolutely no waste, any off-cuts of material from the sheet are used for other projects either by myself or other designers.
What's next for Dan Marc?
Right now I am working on a video to show my process and to share parts of my journey so far. We are moving to Manchester shortly to open up a new studio too, so we are stacked until then. We are looking to exhibit at a number of shows over the next year too. Can't wait!!
Thanks, Dan! For more information on Dan Marc designs and to buy pieces from The Epoch Collection, visit danmarc.co.uk
Coffee Table and Study Desk in satin dove grey and dyed walnut birch, from The Epoch Collection
Study Desk in matte black and natural waxed birch