Mark Gabbertas was born in Yorkshire in 1962, and graduated from Durham University with a degree in political philosophy. He joined an advertising agency as a motorbike messenger before moving to Saatchi and Saatchi where he stayed for nearly 8 years. In 1990 he left advertising to train as a cabinet-maker. Initially this was as an apprentice with Codrington Furniture and then with Stemmer and Sharp at Oblique workshops in Hackney as a junior maker. He set up on his own after two years training and embarked on the well trodden path of the designer-maker. In 2002, he established Studio Gabbertas in West London