Daniel Hacker studied Art Foundation at Middlesex University and then went on to take a BA [Hons] degree in Furniture and Product Design at Kingston University, London. He was tutored by several well known practicing designers and architects including Fred Scott and Mathew Hilton.
Following graduation in 1990 he worked at the Museum of London where he developed his skills as a graphic artist and later trained and worked as an archaeological illustrator. Leaving London for Oxford in 1992 he joined the Oxford Archeological Unit as part of a team of illustrators working on English Heritage publications.
In 1994 Daniel was offered the opportunity to set up a workshop in Surrey, that enabled him to use his design skills, and he began making furniture to commission. He later converted a disused Oast House into a studio and began selling his work through the Primavera Gallery, Cambridge. He also completed further commissions for private collectors.
Daniel relocated to North London in 1998 and moved into the Chocolate Factory the following year. He continued to design and make furniture to commission and sell work through Primavera. Among his commissions was the window bench for Chocolate Factory 1 reception area. He also made small household products. He now concentrates on designing and making framed relief constructions using a combination of wood and other natural materials.
Latterly, Daniel has been developing his talent as a photographer and his subject matter reflects his love of wood and natural objects.
“I make delicate, precise and refined relief constructions and furniture using solid oak and ash in combination with other natural materials. These include silver birch, coppiced hazel and black bamboo. Using a technique of pegged, lapped and slotted joints I assemble each piece of work individually by hand. Every component is integral to both its structure and aesthetic.”
C307, Chocolate Factory 1
Wood Green, London
0973 690 591
The Chocolate Factories in Wood Green, London N22, are a landmark development and hub of excellence for the creative industries in the UK.
The project started in 1996 when Collage Arts, an arts development agency, moved into the Chocolate Factory on Clarendon Road and converted several derelict floors of the Factory into artist studios.
What followed was a high demand for creative space and in 2002, Collage Arts renovated Chocolate Factory 2 on Coburg Road, next door.