RHS Chelsea update: New David Harber Work Nominated for Product of the Year Award

  • Crucello, new for Chelsea 2012, nominated for Product of the Year Award
  • Four new works to be unveiled for 2012
  • David Harber celebrates 20 years working as a designer
  • Anniversary events include Eaton Square garden party, 12 June 2012
  • Website: www.davidharber.com

Press invitations (rsvp susannah.glynn@kallaway.com):

-       Join us for a celebratory drink from 11am at the David Harber Stand (MA4) on press day, Monday 21 May

-       David Harber Anniversary Garden Party, Eaton Square Gardens, Tuesday 12 June, 10am-5pm

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Award-winning British designer David Harber will be showcasing four new works – including designs for a one-off piece to mark his 20th anniversary working as a sundialist and sculptor – at the 2012 RHS Show, Chelsea. Of these the Crucello, a contemporary variation of the classical three-tiered fountain with which incorporates David’s trademark love of optical illusion, has been nominated for the 2012 Product of the Year Award.

Other new works for 2012, which will all be shown to the public for the first time at the Flower Show, will include The Quill, a soaring work whose shape takes inspiration from the Skylon structure from the 1951 Festival of Britain, and whose surface can be etched with lines of poetry or mottoes; the Alveare, his first desktop sculpture, which takes the form of an elliptical piece with a central beehive-like design - perfect for a console table or alcove; and a new one-off design to mark his 20th anniversary working as a designer, the designs for which will be unveiled during the first days of the Show.

The new works make use of different metals and materials, from oxidised stainless steel to copper verdigris to gold leaf (see end of release for images and further details)

2012 will be the 18th time David has exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show. Last year saw his team awarded the Sundries Trophy for the fifth time, having won it previously in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2009. His ‘Mantle’ design – unveiled at the Show – was nominated for the first RHS Product of the Year Award last year.

Since selling his first work – a design based on the 2,000 year-old armillary sphere sundial – to actor Jeremy Irons, David has gone on to become one of only a handful of in-demand sundial makers in the UK and a respected outdoor sculptor with an international following. Highlights of a 20-year career include the first public drinking fountain in Hyde Park to be commissioned in 30 years, a ten-metre tower for the entrance to the Millennium Dome, which incorporated five dials from different millennia and cultures, five works for a new development at Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, a specially-commissioned sundial for the Queen Mother at Walmer Castle and six bespoke pieces – including a unique Moon Dial - at Oxford University colleges.

His international work includes projects as far afield as Dubai, America and Singapore – and high profile private clients have included Dame Judi Dench, George Michael and the late George Harrison.

Before discovering a love of ancient sundials, David worked as a potter, thatcher and professional mountaineer. For 8 years he sailed the waterways of Europe in a Dutch barge converted into a travelling theatre, winning an accolade from President Mitterand in the process. His first encounter with a sundial was when a friend brought an Armillary Sphere back from a holiday in France; transfixed by the design David spent his last £20 on the materials needed to make the piece. By lucky coincidence actor Jeremy Irons happened to be passing the doorway of his cottage as he was making the work, and bought the dial on the spot for the equivalent of two months’ rent.

Today David works with a team of craftsmen out of his Oxfordshire studio, creating a variety of bespoke works on a human or monumental scale for indoor environments as well as outdoor landscapes. When not pursuing another passion – aviation – he is to be found at the family’s renovated lemon farm in Sicily.

David Harber at Eaton Square – official anniversary celebrations
From June 2012 a group of David’s most iconic works will be installed in Eaton Square’s private Gardens for a three-year period. On 12 June the central garden space will be open and David and his team will be hosting a party to celebrate his 20th anniversary as a designer. All visitors welcome (10am to 5pm, drinks/cream teas).

Press RSVP susannah.glynn@kallaway.com
General RSVP Tim@davidharber.com

The show will also be on public view on Sunday 10 June as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend (www.opensquares.org) and the Chelsea Fringe (www.chelseafringe.com)

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Press Contacts and images:

For further information on David Harber and for high-resolution images please contact:

Susannah Glynn: 020 7221 7883 / susannah.glynn@kallaway.com
William Kallaway: 020 7221 7883 / william.kallaway@kallaway.com


About David Harber works
www.davidharber.com; Twitter: @DavidHarber
David Harber works are rooted in art, science and ancient ideas. From his Oxfordshire studio David creates beautiful, one-off pieces on a human or monumental scale for indoor environments and outdoor landscapes. Works by David Harber are included in collections around the UK and abroad, from private gardens to corporate headquarters and including colleges at both Oxford and Cambridge and the Al Rawdha Palace, Bahrain. Clients have included Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons and George Michael and his work has been unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Prince Charles. Works by David Harber regularly win awards; in 2011 he was awarded the RHS Sundries Trophy at the Chelsea Flower Show for the fourth time.

Meet David Harber in 2012
Workshop Open Weekend 30 – 31 March
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 22 – 26 May
Open Garden Squares Weekend, exhibition of work at Eaton Square Gardens, 10 June
20th Anniversary Party, Eaton Square Gardens, 12 June (10am – 5pm RSVP as above)