Hugh Miller

Hugh Miller is a designer and applied artist specialising in studio furniture in wood. Trained as an architect, Miller sees his work as small pieces of architecture, where the concept is embedded in the intricacy of the detail.

His work is based on a set of design principles, developed during his Churchill Research Fellowship in Japan in 2015. Miller’s work is made in British elm, Japanese bamboo and brass. These materials illuminate the duality of cultural influences that underpin his work. His breakthrough collection, titled ‘The Coffee Ceremony’ (2016 – present) uses the everyday ceremonies of life in Japan as the inspiration for one of his own, based on his ritualistic attitude to coffee. Within this context, the process of crafting the work and the process of making coffee emerge as the same: both are ceremonies of making.

As well as creating his collection pieces in his studio, Miller also designs pieces for established design-led brands, both in the UK and internationally.

Born

  • 1985 Northumberland

Education

  • 2007-09 MA Archtecture, University of Sheffield
  • 2003-06 BA (Hons) Architecture, First Class, Newcastle University
  • 2016 Winner, Craft&Design Magazine Award, MADE:LondonSelected as 1 of 15 international artists to design an ArtSuite bedroom at IceHotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  • 2016 'High Commendation' in design, from Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, for 'An Absence of Noise' collection.
  • 2015 Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, to research woodworking and design philosophies in Japan.Winner, Wood Awards, for design and construction of Constellations Bar, Liverpool.AJ Small Projects Awards, shortlisted for Constellations BarRIBA Awards, nominated for Constellations Bar

Awards

  • 2017 'Coffee Cart no.2' shortlisted for John Ruskin Art Prize
  • 2017 Selected for Walpole 'Crafted' business mentorship programme, for emerging high-end craft studios
  • 2016 Winner, Craft&Design Magazine Award, MADE:London
  • 2016 Selected as 1 of 15 international artists to design an ArtSuite bedroom at IceHotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  • 2016 'High Commendation' in design, from Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, for 'An Absence of Noise' collection.
  • 2015 Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, to research woodworking and design philosophies in Japan.
  • 2015 Winner, Wood Awards, for design and construction of Constellations Bar, Liverpool.
  • 2015 AJ Small Projects Awards, shortlisted for Constellations Bar
  • 2015 RIBA Awards, nominated for Constellations Bar

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017 'Coffee Ceremony' collection, selected by British Council, British Pavilion at Cheongju Biennale, South Korea
  • 2017 Craft and Technology, Naestved Museum, Denmark Marks and Tools, Design Nation Showcase, Oxo Tower Gallery, London Craft Week
  • 2017 Dish of the Day, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool COLLECT Open, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2016 MADE, Marylebone, London
  • 2016 Contemporary Constructions, with Rita Parniczky, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
  • 2016 Designer Crafts on the Mall, Society of Designer Craftsmen, London
  • 2015 Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Cheltenham

Selected Publications

  • 2016 Japanese Wood Craftsmanship', Hugh Miller
  • 2016 'The Use of Water as a Tool in Japanese Woodworking', Hugh Miller, The Carpenters Company Broadsheet, No.54

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