John Makepeace

John Makepeace makes some of the finest contemporary furniture in the world from Britain’s indigenous trees. His approach to design embraces our aesthetic, practical and psychological needs for objects that are a pleasure to use.

New technologies enable innovative solutions. For example, Makepeace seeks to apply the principles of material science. These identify materials’ best properties in order to achieve high levels of performance.

‘l am constantly searching for more eloquent concepts for furniture. My objective is to achieve freer, lighter, stronger and more sculptural forms better suited to their function and more expressive of what is unique about each commission.’


  • 1939 Solihull, Warwickshire


  • Study tours to Scandinavia (1957), USA (1961 and 1974), Italy (1968), West Africa (1972)
  • 1957-59 City and Guilds Teaching Certificate (Crafts)
  • 1957-59 Pupil to Keith Cooper, Furniture Maker
  • 1952-57 Denstone College, Staffordshire


  • 2011 Nominated for the Prince Philip Designers Prize, Special Commendation
  • 2010-11 Arts Council Touring Exhibition
  • 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, Furniture Makers Company
  • 2009 Sponsor, Furniture Futures, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2002 Award of Distinction, The Furniture Society, USA
  • 1999 Master’s Award, Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
  • 1988 OBE for services to furniture design
  • 1972 Observer Design Award
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Designers and the Royal Society of Arts

Selected Publications

  • 1995 Makepeace - A Spirit of Adventure in Craft and Design, Professor Jeremy Myerson, Conran Octopus
  • Numerous articles and references in books and professional and popular journals

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