Katie Walker


Katie Walker is a graduate of London's Royal College of Art where she developed her approach of combining fine art and sculpture with practical furniture design, the results of which have now become highly collectable. She established Katie Walker Furniture in 1994, creating pieces for domestic, corporate and public settings. The most well known piece in her collection is the iconic Ribbon Rocking Chair which won the 2006 Wood A wards, the inaugural Wesley Barrell Craft A ward and the 2007 Grand Designs A wards. Her work has been covered in a number of publication s including the “International Design Yearbook 1998” edited by Richard Sapper , “A Celebration of Excellence” by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, “Bespoke” by Betty Norbory and “One Tree” by Garry Olson and Peter Toaig.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of Design Nation and a member of Contemporary Applied Arts. She holds five Guild marks from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. Katie is married and has two daughters. She lives in West Sussex.

Born  1969, UK

Education 
1991-93
 MA in Furniture Design, Royal College of Art
1988-91  BA Hons Furniture & Related product design, Ravensbourne
1987-88  Foundation course in Art and Design at Kingston University

Awards
2007
  Grand Designs Awards: Best Furniture award Product of the Year award
2006  Wood Awards: Furniture award, Innovation award
Wesley-Barrell Craft Award
1998/ 1999/ 2003/ 2005/ 2006 Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, Guild Mark

Recent exhibitions
2011
  Focus exhibition, Contemporary Applied Arts
COLLECT represent by Contemporary Applied Arts
2010  'Winged' seat at Roche Court, Salisbury
COLLECT represent by Contemporary Applied Arts
2009  Focus exhibition, Contemporary Applied Arts
2007  ‘Hue Line & Form’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2006  Origin, London
Collect, V&A, London
2005  A Celebration of Craftsmanship , Cheltenham
2004  ‘New Member Focus’, Contemporary Applied Arts
2002  Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
2001  A Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham
2001-02  ‘onetree’: The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Tenants Hall, Tatton Park, Cheshire; Bristol City Art Gallery; the Geffrye Museum, London
1998  'Katie Walker Furniture' Hove Museum & Art Gallery
A Celebration of Craftsmanship , Cheltenham

Commissions
2004-08
  Reception desk, retail display; Farnham Crafts Study Centre
2002  Seating; Hove Museum & Art Gallery
Altar, lectern, candlesticks; St. Nicholas’ church, Arundel
2000, 2002  Public seating for Allied London Properties. The Swan
shopping Centre, Leatherhead and St. Christophers
Place, St. Albans
1999  Reception area seating, screens and table, South East
Arts, Tunbridge W ells
1998  Seating for Walsall Leather Museum
1996 Boardroom table and chairs, Princes T rust, Regents Park, London
1993  'Totem Bench', Bushy Park, London

Public Collections
Manchester Museum of Modern Art
South East Arts & Crafts collection, Hove Museum & Art Gallery
Diane and Marc Grainer collection, Washington DC

Exhibitions

Archive

2011

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