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.
2006-8 Lecturer & Research B.A Design & Crafts  Staffordshire University 
2008 Visiting Lecturer 3d Material Exploration Camberwell University of the Arts
2008 Visiting Lecturer Rycotewood Furniture Centre  Oxford Cherwell Valley Oxford 
2007 Visiting Lecturer Contemporary Crafts  University College Falmouth
2005-7 Part Time Lecturer Furniture Design & Craftsmanship Buckinghamshire Chilterns University

Recent Selected Publicity
2009 Chest Of Drawers Wallpaper
2009 Point Of View Home’s and Gardens
2009 Carving Out a future Financial Times
2008 A Crafty Idea Metro
2008 Hidden Secrets Crafts
2008 LG Chem Icon
2008 Anne Table TOP Magazine Frankfurt
2008 Best Of Milan New Design
2008 Future Talent Elle (UK)
2008 Best of Milan  Elle (France)
2008 Best of Milan Elle (Germany)
2008 Award Winner Sunday Times (Style Magazine)
2008 Milan Best of British Telegraph Magazine
2008 Craft or Art Financial Time’s
2008 Style Pages Elle Decoration
2008 Collect 08 Crafts
2007 Best In Show Telegraph Magazine
2007 Best New Comer Blue Print
2007 Bespoke Evening standard
2006 New Designers IDFX
2006 Design for Living Independent
2006 Interior features Space Magazine
Grants & Awards
2009 Investment in Individuals Arts Council
2008 Winner  Furniture Craft Award 2008 Wesley-Barrell
2007 Nominee The Arts Foundation Fellowship 
2007 Finalist Best Appearance at a Trade Show Hidden Arts
2007 Winner  Award for Export UK trade & Investment
2007 Finalist  100%/ Blueprint Best Newcomer Blueprint
2006 Best Innovative routes to market Hidden Arts
2003 Investment in individuals Southern Arts
2000 First Time Exhibitors Award Southern Arts
2000 Furniture & Cabinet making Award First prize
1998 PYBT Business set up Award
1997 The Student Design Award Second Prize





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