Gareth Neal established his London-based practice in 2006, and has since become internationally recognised as one of the leading exponents of British Furniture Design. He is known as a progressive thinker in the use of high-end digital fabrication and the re-appropriation of tradition techniques within his beautifully crafted designs. His conceptually rigorous work has been regularly discussed and praised within the design press and is sought after by discerning collectors and furniture producers.
Gareth’s work has been exhibited and acquired by various museums including the Victoria and Albert in London, and has been shown at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, MAK Museum of Applied Art, Vienna and MAAS Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Australia. His clients include Zaha Hadid, The Glenlivet and Hampton Court Palace.
“I think of myself as a hands-on designer who is fascinated by process, whether that be with traditional tools or the latest computer controlled router. This combined with my fascination of historical techniques and aesthetics provides the ideas with a rich narrative and a reference point for the audience to reflect upon. For me good design emanates from a depth of knowledge of my medium, and my ability to reconsider it for a contemporary audience”.
Whilst also creating one off pieces that not only push myself but also some of the best craftsman in the UK, I love to work collaboratively. This provides a rich stream within my practice, and has cultivated some of my humblest and most progressive designs.
Privately I like nothing better than a rummage round a car boot sale or junk shop; this has instilled in me a desire to make things that have longevity and are resistant to fashion, together with a heathy respect for the environment and a desire to make sure my objects stand out and shine for all time.
Gareth is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at The University of Brighton.