Daniel Heath

I met Daniel through my work with Kirsty Whyte, and he has gone on to become a celebrity having appeared on BBC 1's MONEY FOR NOTHING, using his design skills to create new products from the vintage and damaged items given to him.

Website - danielheath.co.uk

If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
A screen printing squeegee. Print is where I started and will always be a part of what I do.

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your design life has taken?
My design life has evolved as opportunities have come along, but I do think I have more control over what I do now, and I try to stick to doing things that interest and challenge me. Sometimes something will come along that changes your design perspective, or allows you to work in a way you never imagined you would, so it's good not to be too rigid.

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I make presents for people. Family and friends usually get something handmade for weddings, birthdays and Christmas. Because I make most of my products in my studio, I can easily make something bespoke for a loved one. I'm the go-to man in the family for helping style a wedding.

What product or event inspired you to be a designer?
When I was at university, Jurgen Bey came and did a lecture about design and inspiration. He talked about how they thought around an idea at Droog. I discovered that design is about narrative and storytelling as much as it is about problem solving. His talk also taught me that designers need to be versatile.

If you could go back in time and become the designer of any existing item, what would you choose?
A timeless classic. Probably a chair. Most likely the Wishbone Chair by Hans J Wegner.