About The River

     

The River is a woodworking practice based in Moores Valley, Wainuiomata: a semi-rural enclave of Wellington, Aotearoa-New Zealand, where kereru populate kōwhai trees, piwakaka dance across the river, and mamaku blanket the undulating hillsides in a deep fern green.

The River designs and handcrafts humble wooden furniture, homewares and artful objects for domestic spaces. We are concerned with environmentally responsible making practices and therefore source the timber we work with locally, ensuring our material can be traced back to sustainable origins.

Our furniture is predominantly made-to-order. This helps us to avoid overproduction and minimize material waste. Our homewares are predominantly handcrafted from reclaimed timbers. This means that the availability of these objects is dependent upon what we can salvage from the Wellington region.

All pieces are designed and made by Daniel Patrick Whitaker. Daniel has worked with wood in various capacities since 2005. He completed an apprenticeship in the joinery trade in 2008 before exploring other areas of less tangible study and work in the domains of anthropology, philosophy and education. Although Daniel found a certain pleasure in these cerebral pursuits, he was always drawn back to the tactile activity of woodwork, and eventually came to understand that his mental and physical wellbeing resided within the practice of this humble activity.

The River was formed in 2015 as a furniture practice grounded by modernist design principles: a preoccupation with minimalism, simplistic forms, and the inherent beauty of organic material. Since the formation of The River Daniel’s woodworking practice has developed to include a consideration of homewares and artful objects. Daniel’s most recent interest involves an innocent, tactile investigation into simple sculptural forms through the crafting of various domestic objects.