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David Emery
Business Name
Shoh-do Pty Ltd
About / Bio
David Emery have maintained a studio based practice designing and making domestic and corporate furniture for nearly four decades.

Visual lightness is the key to his design thinking, combined with a willingness to work with clients to adapt and modify the concepts that have formed the basis of his practice. Often his work relies on the use of hollow core, torsion box construction, thus allowing the incorporation of shapes and volumes that would not be possible with conventional techniques. But while the sensitive use of timber in both solid and veneer form is a constant in his work, it is the combination of timber with other materials – especially glass and metals, that allows for a refinement not possible through the use of timber only.

By maintaining a tight workshop structure – just himself and one assistant, and by keeping as much of the designing, making and finishing within the studio as is possible, David is able to keep close control of all quality aspects of the production process.

Many projects have been completed in collaboration with architects and designers, including the Speaker’s Suite at Parliament House, Canberra, and furniture for the Tarrawarra Museum of Art, the CH2 Reception for Melbourne City Council, and St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth. However it is the smaller projects for private clients, often providing a demanding but enjoyable challenge, that give the vital stimulation needed to maintain the continuing high standards at David Emery - Furniture Maker.


Work is available through Bungendore Woodworks Gallery or by commission from our studio at Kyneton in Victoria.

As a designer/maker of fine contemporary furniture, David Emery is always happy to discuss the design and making of furniture to individual requirements. Many prospective clients visit his workshop to see the way in which he works, or discuss options via email. This enables the client to select materials, discuss the design details, budget, timeline, and collaborate in making a piece to suit their particular needs. A no obligation visit to the client's home is common, after which drawings are prepared and a firm price given. Clients are then kept up to date with progress photos, and are welcome to visit the workshop at any time during the making of their piece.

Once the design has been confirmed, a 30% deposit is requested to cover the design and the cost of materials, with the balance payable on delivery.

Delivery and installation in Melbourne, within Victoria, and often interstate, will usually be done personally by David - no allen keys needed. For overseas and for long distance deliveries within Australia secure packing is done within the workshop, and clear instructions for installation are included if required.