Gareth Neal

In 2002 Gareth Neal set up his furniture design practice in the heart of the East End of London. He specialises in one-off’s for individual clients and companies, since 2002 his theories and aesthetics have moved on considerably. Drawing from his surroundings, using 3d computer drawing skills, and CNC processes, plus combining this with hand skills and high quality craftsmanship his designs have evolved into new and diverse territory.

This recent body of work first started developing in 2006 using themes touches on in earlier series but now the work has structured geometric exteriors, the negative space revealing traditional furniture styles and geometric forms as if through the erosion of time forms from the past are revealed.

The work, tries to engage with the viewer and create inter sector debate, between art, design and craft, between history and the contemporary, between the material and the immaterial.
Gareth Neal graduated from Buckinghamshire University’s  ‘Furniture Design and Craftsmanship’ BA Hon’s in 1996  and ever since been in demand having been featured in numerous publications and exhibited around the world , from Sotheby’s in New York to the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

Born 1974

1993–1996 Buckinghamshire College BA (Hons) Furniture Design & craftsmanship.
1991–1993 Ashford Sixth Form College A Levels. Art, Photography & Design
Selected Exhibitions
2009 Telling Tails Victoria & Albert Museum ‘Group Show’
2009 Solo Exhibition ‘Urban Field’  Contemporary Applied Arts Solo Exhibition
2009 COLLECT (Forthcoming) Saatchi Gallery    ‘Group Show’ 
2008 Vision 21 Bonham’s ‘Sale’
2008 Tent Design Week ‘Group Show’
2008 Milan Furniture Fair Milan  
2008 Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum London. Represented by Contemporary Applied Arts.
2007 100% Design. Earls Court
2006 Collect. V & A London
2006 100% East. Brick Lane London
2006 SOFA. Chicago
2005 ‘Collect’ V & A London
2004 A Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham.
2004 The Art of Furniture, Birmingham Museum of Art
2004 CAA, London
2003 SOFA, Chicago.
2002 OXO Tower, London
2001 The Unexpected, Sotheby’s New York
2000 Chelsea Craft Fair, London

Corporate Work
2007 Ceramic Water Fountain in Brussels, commissioned
by Different by Design for European Parliament Advantage West Midlands
2004 Forrest Project: To design and manufacture an art based shed to
stimulate the imagination and breathe life into ‘The Shed’
2001 Project: Art installation for launch of the new Mini in
 the USA
2001 Garrard Project: To design and manufacture a new record player for limited production.




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