Hugh Miller Furniture joins Design-Nation's London Craft Week ExhibitionHugh Miller Furniture joins Design-Nation's London Craft Week ExhibitionHugh Miller Furniture joins Design-Nation's London Craft Week ExhibitionHugh Miller Furniture joins Design-Nation's London Craft Week Exhibition

Hugh Miller Furniture joins Design-Nation's London Craft Week Exhibition

4 - 7 May 2017, gallery@oxo

Design-Nation are pleased to announce that Hugh Miller Furniture will be joining the Marks & Tools exhibition this May as part of London Craft Week . Hugh recently presented his stunning collection of Japanese-influenced furniture at the Craft Council’s Collect craft fair, and will now be exhibiting as part of the Design-Nation showcase at gallery@oxo.

Hugh’s work fits perfectly with the theme of the exhibition Marks and Tools, being based on a set of design principles developed during his Winston Churchill Research Fellowship to Japan in 2015, and now instilled into his making processes. The most noticeable of the hallmarks that Hugh has developed is the hand-gouged texture that is present on the underside of all his pieces. His work uniquely reflects the duality of Japanese and Western cultural influences that underpin all of his designs. and how these translate into different disciplines. Hugh says, “I trained as an architect, and I see my work as small pieces of architecture, where the concept is embedded in the intricacy of the detail. I'm self-taught in furniture making, and have rejected some traditional ways of thinking about wood and cabinetry, resulting in pieces like my 'Coffee Cart no.1 ’ - a piece that bridges cultures and technique, in the use of wood, brass, bamboo and ceramics.”

Design-Nation’s designer-makers will be showing exciting new and recent work which showcases their practices within the theme of marks and tools of the maker, across disciplines that include furniture, ceramics, textiles and glass.

Highlights will include new and recent work by Amy Cushing, who makes kiln-formed glass, using both hot and cold processes, for large-scale interior installations. She has a passion for colour sequences and is used to working large scale. Ceramicist Hannah Tounsend makes collections of one-off printed vessels and subtly layered paper mono-prints inspired by the British coastal landscape. She has developed a unique hybrid making method that combines moulded and thrown elements within her ceramic pieces. Melanie Porter creates traditional craft-based furniture and interior products reconsidered with a contemporary aesthetic, and a lot of colourful yarn. Every piece she creates is truly unique and her re-upholstered knitted mid-century modern chairs have become design icons. The multi-disciplinary practice Fung and Bedford are creating a sculptural installation specifically for the Design-Nation showcase exhibition to be installed in the window at the gallery, and which will be enhanced by graphics created by The Unloved.

We are thankful for the support of Arts Council England and our partners London Craft Week
and Coin Street Community Builders.

Notes to Editors:

Design-Nation: Marks & Tools
4th - 7th of May 2017 (11am - 6pm each day, free admission)
Private View 6.30pm - 8.30pm Thursday 4th May (Invite only)

Exhibitors participating in the showcase are Amy Cushing, Angus Ross, Anna Gravelle, Christine
Meyer-Eaglestone, Ekta Kaul, Fung & Bedford, Gillies Jones, Hannah Tounsend, Heidi
Harrington, Hugh Miller, J C Middlebrook, Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor, Linda Bloomfield, Margo
Selby, Melanie Porter, Michael Ruh, Michelle House, Nigel Cheney, Rosemaryrose, Samantha
Sweet, Simon Yates, Sue Pryke, Taz Pollard and The Unloved.

gallery@oxo,
OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House St,
London SE1 9PH
Tube - Southwark (Jubilee Line), Blackfriars (Circle and District) and Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and
Bakerloo lines)
gallery@oxo is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders

Show & Tell Talk & Tour , 1-2pm Thursday 4th May, with writer Barbara Chandler, Hannah
Tounsend, Margo Selby and Michael Ruh. Book here

Please contact David or Alice at Seen PR for further press information and images on info@seenpr.com
+44 (0)1273 722469


Images courtesy the artists. Hugh Miller photo by Robert Holmes. Fung & Bedford photo by Yeshen Venema.

Posted on
29.03.2017

Design-Nation Showcase at London Craft Week Design-Nation Showcase at London Craft Week Design-Nation Showcase at London Craft Week

Design-Nation Showcase at London Craft Week

Design-Nation will present a major showcase exhibition of work by over twenty of its network members at the OXO Tower Gallery from 4th - 7th of May 2017, as part of London Craft Week.

The exhibition is themed around the marks and tools of the maker and how these translate into different disciplines. Design-Nation’s makers produce a wide range of distinctive high quality contemporary objects, both useful and decorative, large and small, simple and ornate; all are distinguished by commitment to craft and deep understanding of excellent design.

 Our membership is carefully selected by a panel of industry experts and peers, who seek evidence of entrepreneurial and collaborative approaches, with an emphasis on innovation in contemporary craft and design.

 The exhibition has been made possible by our recent Research and Development funding from Arts Council England. This is allowing Design-Nation to undertake significant sector research and to create new opportunities for its designer-maker members, and to launch at least two new showcases. 

Highlights of the showcase include Hannah Tounsend’s distinctive handbuilt ceramic vessels and monoprints, which won her the New Designers 2016 One Year On award and are evocative of seaside landforms; established textile designer Margo Selby’s return to handwoven artworks, one-off pieces which evoke Bauhaus forms and demonstrate her characteristic colour combinations; and Michael Ruh’s hand-blown glass tableware and lighting in a range of subtle and bright colours, the gentle forms infused with delicate lines.

 Exhibitors participating in the showcase are Amy Cushing, Angus Ross, Anna Gravelle, Christine Meyer-Eaglestone, Ekta Kaul, Fung & Bedford, Gillies Jones, Hannah Tounsend, Heidi Harrington, J C Middlebrook, Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor, Linda Bloomfield, Margo Selby, Melanie Porter, Michael Ruh, Michelle House, Nigel Cheney, Rosemaryrose, Samantha Sweet, Snowden Flood, Simon Yates, Sue Pryke, Taz Pollard and The Unloved.

Notes to Editors:

Images  - photography and styling: Yeshen Venema & Mugdha Sapte. 

1. (L to R): Work by Ekta Kaul; Hannah Tounsend; Gillies Jones; Linda Bloomfield; Nigel Cheney.

2. (L to R): Work by Angus Ross; Melanie Porter; Anna Gravelle.

Design-Nation Showcase

4th - 7th of May 2017 (11am - 6pm each day, free admission)

Private View 6.30pm - 8.30pm Thursday 4th May (Invite only)


OXO Tower Gallery

OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House St,London SE1 9PH

Tube - Southwark (Jubilee Line), Blackfriars (Circle and District) and Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo lines)

 Show & Tell Talk & Tour, 1-2pm Thursday 4th May, with writer Barbara Chandler, Hannah Tounsend, Margo Selby and Michael Ruh. Book via LCW website.

 Please contact David or Alice at Seen PR for further press information and images on info@seenpr.com +44 (0)1273 722469

 About Design-Nation

Design-Nation was founded almost twenty years ago by the late Peta Levi MBE, a writer, design champion and curator, who previously founded the prestigious talent-spotting showcase New Designers in the 1980s. Design-Nation offers a one stop destination for retailers, manufacturers and press together with industry professionals who want to commission, invest and source Great British design.

Design-Nation is positioned as the premier level of membership network for designer-makers in the UK, with both a national and international profile. Membership is selected by peers and industry professionals and is open to all practices of Craft, Product and Design in the UK and Ireland. Members have access to benefits, subsidised exhibition opportunities and group networking within Design-Nation. Friends of the organisation include Decorex International, New Designers and The Barbican. 

About London Craft WeekFrom 3 - 7 May 2017, the third edition of London Craft Week takes up residence in the capital. This annual event showcases the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship through a ‘beyond luxury’ journey-of-discovery. The curated programme brings together over 200 events from all corners of the globe fusing making, design, fashion, art, luxury, food, culture and shopping. 

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@londoncraftweek | #LCW2017 | www.londoncraftweek.com

@design_nation_uk | #DesignNationUK | www.designnation.co.uk




Posted on
22.02.2017

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