Gavin Coyle

Furniture Designer / Maker
Gavin Coyle Furniture

Gavin runs a furniture workshop based in Walthamstow, East London where he make products which have a lasting beauty. They are designed to be lived with, used, and enjoyed.  Much of his work is bespoke commissions for manufacturers, galleries and private clients. He also produces a range of products for retail. 

What role does music play in your day-to-day life as a creative?:

The first object I ever made was a CD rack in my Dads shed when I was nine. As rudimentary as it was it set me on the path to a life of making and music. The Workshop can get very noisy at times but out of the clamour of heavy machinery and buzzing power tools music has always been a constant companion. I tend to choose certain types of music depending on the job in hand this might be sketching out a new design or part of the making process which requires a certain level of concentration. The workshop has a no headphones policy and everyone is encouraged to create a mix or to play an artist of their choosing.  Although tastes vary they are often full of surprises and above all they can create a connection.

Tell us about your playlist:

In no particular order a diary of songs that have accompanied me through my working life. 

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Above the Clamour

  1. Girls – Death In Vegas
  2. Girl from the North Country – Bob Dylan
  3. And It’s Alright – Peter Broderick
  4. Open The Light – Boards of Canada
  5. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) – Marvin Gaye
  6. Mechanical Devices DUB – Prince Lincoln & The Royal Rasses
  7. Hopopono – GoGo Penguin
  8. Drowning By Number 2 – 2004 Digital Remaster – Michael Nyman
  9. Shampoo Suicide – Broken Social Scene
  10. About Today – The National
  11. 400 Years – Peter Tosh, The Wailers
  12. Break Me Gently – Doves
  13. My Girls – Animal Collective
  14. Survival – Prince Far I
  15. Your Hand In Mine – Explosions In The Sky
  16. #3 – Aphex Twin
  17. Song for Bob – Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
  18. Soft Skin – Mountain Man
  19. I Believe In You – 1997 Remastered Version – Talk Talk
  20. Providence – Godspeed You! Black Emperor