Product Focus: David Weeks
Our store has recently enjoyed the addition of two beautiful wooden toys: Hanno the Gorilla and Ursa the Bear. David Weeks, the creator, is one of America's leading designers having won multiple awards. He has designed products from desk lamps and home accessories, chandeliers, lounge seating, and custom retail, commercial, and residential installations - not forgetting fun accessories, including wooden toys with flexible joints.
Ursa and Hanno are both beautifully designed creatures, their powerful hardwood frame (sustainably harvested) holding many poses; and her elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make her almost impervious to breakage. These wooden toys are enduring classics that will withstand generations of play.
In this interview Weeks gave with Design Milk, he's given some insight into his wooden toys. When asked what his favourite piece is, Weeks states: 'The gorilla is emblematic for me, creatively and personally. I’ve said it was a cry for help. Business was good; it had grown. But it gets to a point where it’s driving you crazy, because you’re so busy, but you’re not making enough money to get to the next step. In one of those moments I thought, “I think I’ll make a wooden gorilla.” So we went over to the shop, clamped a belt sander to the table and started carving shapes. It was very cathartic, satisfying.'
David Weeks Bio.