I live with my two daughters in Invercargill, just a stone’s throw from the seabird islands to the south.

If I’m not running Daddy Daycare, I’ll be in the workshop, or sneaking a ride on my bike.

I have been designing and making furniture since 1998. A parallel career as a seabird ecologist has taken me to many remote and beautiful offshore islands - places of creative inspiration. Whether it’s a slab, flitch, recycled floorboard or joist, I love creating a fine, lasting piece of furniture that echoes back to the grain of the wood, the tapestry of the forest.

I source local wood where I can. My workshop bulges with NZ grown macrocarpa, redwood and oak, along with wind-fallen rimu, some certified sustainable matai, totara and kahikatea, and some recycled specialty timbers from the local markets. I also like to use European and American hardwoods, and source these through reputable dealers in New Zealand. I am always on the hunt for wood! My work is predominantly finished in natural oils or waxes.

I like to turn my hand to any project: solid timber, sheet materials, bespoke and signature pieces, from beds to kitchens, commercial and retail to contemporary design pieces. The next challenge is just around the corner.

Stockists of my work are in Queenstown, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Contact me if you want to see what I have in stock, or if you are interested in some custom-designed furniture.

Darren in the workshop.


I would love to help you design a special piece of furniture. Get in touch so we can discuss what you are looking for: shape, function, style, timber, space, size, colour. I will draft the design and work with you to finalize your plans and produce a quote.

Depending on the scale of the commission, a deposit may be required up front. The remaining payment will be upon delivery.

I look forward to meeting you and beginning the design process.

Darren Scott